Other people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.
A few weeks ago I got the following from web letter author Dannye Williamsen.
Starting a new year is a time when you can forgive yourself for whatever you deem as a negative or unsuitable action in the past and move forward. It is time to look at your life differently.
Quit trying to live up to others’ expectations. It’s a losing proposition. Do what feels right for you and don’t worry. If you are striving to fulfill your highest potential, then no matter what you do, it will never be at the expense of another.
Even if the outcome for you is not exactly what you wanted, you are still closer than you were before you started.
So make a commitment to your life. To do this, you have to start somewhere whether you know exactly what it will take to get to the finish line or not. You will learn what you need to know along the way.
Believe in your potential, and your desire and the natural resistance will be transformed into a new life for you.
All the best on your quest in 2010!
I had saved it but had not really read it until today. What she said hit home for me as I am getting overwhelmed with stuff to read, responding to folks who wish me to help in some worthy purpose and more. The load is getting oppressive and I am considering closing down for a week or two to rehabilitate and recharge. Part of my problem is clutter, procrastination and just pure avoidance. Who would have thought that I would need to stop, clean up and catch up in order to make a new start this late in life?
I need to review the use of my time and energy and prioritize my activities so I can concentrate on doing those things that have value where I may be able to make a difference. I also have let some folks know that I don’t have the resources to commit to their requests.
I don’t want to make too quick a decision so I need to think a little bit more about a process that I will use to get back in action. So I may have to ask you in the near future to forgive me if I close down the Daily for a week so I can concentrate on the clean up exercise and possibly get a day or two of rest and recreation. I have already have temporarily quit attending some meetings and will probably take a short leave of absence from all organization meetings fairly soon.
There is nothing to worry about for I expect to come back with more energy and maybe even more intelligence.
If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.
I have often heard from Roger Moore and others about the significant contributions that were made by Audrey Hepburn during her short life. Her work for UNICEF is legendary; she is truly a heroine for our times. She once wrote the following, we all would be better people if we followed her advice.
For attractive lips,
Speak words of kindness.
For lovely eyes,
Seek out the good in people.
For a slim figure,
Share your food with the hungry.
For beautiful hair,
Let a child run his fingers through it once a day.
Walk with the knowledge you’ll never walk alone.
People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed. Never throw out anybody.
Remember: if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.
As you grow older you will discover that you have two hands. One for helping yourself, the other for helping others.
Only great souls know the grandeur there is in charity.
Jacques BéNigne Bossuet
One Sunday a teenager was in church. When the collection plate was passed around, he pulled a dollar bill from his pocket and dropped it in.
Just at that moment the person behind him tapped him on his shoulder and handed him a $20.00 bill. Secretly admiring the man’s generosity, the boy placed the $20.00 in the plate and passed it on. Then the boy felt another tap from behind and heard a whisper:
"Son that was your $20.00 bill that fell out of your own pocket.
Wouldn’t you know it… Brain cells come and brain cells go, but FATcells live forever.
A wife reading the newspaper to her husband said, "There’s a classified ad in here where a guy is offering to swap his wife for a season ticket to the stadium."
"Would you swap me for a season ticket?"
"Season’s more than half over."
The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
A young man is playing golf with a priest. At a short hole the priest asks, "What are you going to use on this hole son?"
The young man says, "An eight iron, father. How about you?"
The priest says, "I’m going to hit a soft seven and pray."
The young man hits his eight iron and puts the ball on the green. The priest tops his 7 iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.
The young man says, "I don’t know about you father, but in my church when we pray, we keep our head down."
If nobody measures up, check your yardstick.
An airliner was having engine trouble, and the pilot instructed the cabin crew to have the passengers take their seats and get prepared for an emergency landing.
A few minutes later, the pilot asked the flight attendants if everyone was buckled in and ready.
"All set back here, Captain," came the reply, "except one lawyer who is still going around passing out business cards."
"We change the world not by what we say or do, but as a consequence of what we have become."
Dr. David Hawkins
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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