Some people don’t understand how blessed they truly are. Be thankful for what you have rather than focusing on what you don’t have…
Last Sunday I saw the Musical Pippin for the first time. Today I read some of the thoughts of others about the show, many who did not seem to be as moved by the message of the show as I was. The story centers on the son of a great emperor who seems to be driven by self-perceived need to accomplish something noteworthy that will be recognized by his peers as a sign of greatness. He begins as scholar without recognition. He then chooses to join his father’s legions as a warrior again without resulting glory. That is followed by a brief effort to be a benevolent dictator where he fails miserably which results in his falling into deep depression where he then finds solace in the embrace of a young widow and her son. While seemingly happy he is so driven by his need to achieve what he feels would be greatness that as a final act prepares for a dramatic suicide, when the widow and her son appear at the event he reneges and seems to realize that his success does exist in the happiness he brought to the widow, the boy and to himself.
As I said others may not see the plot as I have but it did remind me of the many people I have met over the years who are blinded by ambition feeling that anything less than fame and fortune will leave them unworthy. I see too many young people these days driving themselves to what they perceive as the academic key to wealth while ignoring the arts and humanities. Like Pippin we need to realize that personal joy and satisfaction can be found in our non-professional life. The most successful people I know are those who embrace the latent happiness that exists all around us.
So my friends chose to invest in happiness and the daily greatness that exists in the things you do every day and be happy. Here are some thoughts I saved from an article author Bobbi Emel on finding happiness that I think are worthy:
NOTICE POSITIVE MOMENTS
Ever notice that when you’re walking down the street you either walk with your head down or you’re so far off in your own thoughts that you have no idea what’s happening around you? Take a look around and notice. See a stranger smile at you and smile back. Check out the father cooing over his baby as he gently swings her in his arms. Look up and notice the cool architecture of that building you walk by every day. Pause to notice a beautiful sunset. At work, really take it in when your boss or co-worker gives you a compliment.
Don’t let those positive moments pass you by. Learn to see them more clearly and frequently. Savor them as you would a piece of decadent chocolate on your tongue.
Mindfulness is simply about noticing the present moment without judgment. One of the reasons negative emotions stress us out is because we not only experience the emotion, but we pile more negative stuff up on top of it. So, if you notice that you’re frustrated, you might think to yourself, “Ugh, I’m so frustrated! I’ve got to get over feeling this way. If I could just get this project to work right, things would be better.” And on and on and on…
Mindfulness calls for you to notice that you’re frustrated and… that’s it. There’s no judgment about what you’re feeling. Only noticing. No piling on of desperate wishes that you weren’t feeling that way. No berating yourself for feeling frustrated in the first place. Just noticing.
Mindfulness allows you to be in the present without magnifying it. And that helps reduce stress and makes room for positive emotions.
“You say, ‘If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.’ You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled.”
Charles H. Spurgeon
We had spent the day moving from our farmhouse into our new house in town.
Early the next morning, our 3 1/2 -year-old ran into our bedroom to wake us up. I dressed him and told him to play in the yard and to quit bothering us.
About 20 minutes later, he came running back. “Mommy, Mommy,” he exclaimed, “everybody has doorbells- and they all work.”
The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.
The Sunday School teacher asks, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly do you say prayers before eating?” “No sir,” little Johnny replies, “I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.”
A friend walks in when everyone else walks out.
Pastor Chambers of First Baptist Church in Kentucky states, “After a worship service a mother with a fidgety seven-year-old boy mentioned how she finally got her son to sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and whispered, ‘If you don’t be quiet, Pastor Chambers will lose his place, and will have to start his sermon all over again!’ It worked.”
Tragedy can make you bitter or better.
A little guy was sitting at a bar staring at his drink for ages. Suddenly, a big biker came along, snatched his glass, guzzled down the contents and laughed, “Hah! So what you gonna do about that, little man?”
“Nothing,” sighed the little guy despondently. “You see, today has been the worst day of my life. This morning I overslept and was late for an important meeting. My boss was furious and so he sacked me. I cleared my desk, went to my car, only to discover that it wasn’t there – somebody had stolen it. So I got a taxi home, but when it came to paying the driver I realized I’d forgotten my wallet. I then had to go into my house but I found my wife in bed with the gardener. So I left home and came to this bar. And just when I was thinking about ending it all, you came along and drank my poison…”
“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.”
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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