When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.
Lee Ann Womack
Why do so many of us seem to feel we would be happier if we were someone else? We really don’t have to feel that or moving to a Pacific Island holds the secret to happiness. In truth there is a fertile field all around us just waiting for us to plant the seeds that will allow us to harvest the joy that so often lays dormant nearby.
All we have to do to improve our lives is to invest in ourselves. Almost always the keys to happiness exist all around us if we just look and take advantage the opportunities that we can make for ourselves. Some time ago success guru Brian Tracy wrote the following article that provides us a glimpse of what can be if we invest in ourselves.
Feel Good About Your Life and Be Happy
Sometimes people feel that they are controlled by external circumstances. But the fact is that your life is largely determined by your own personal choices and decisions in every area. You are where you are and what you are because of yourself. You have gotten yourself to where you are as the result of the choices and decisions that you have made in the past. If you want to be somewhere else in the future, it is up to you to make new and better choices and decisions in the present.
One of the most important discoveries in 20th century thought has been the central role of the actions that you take. An action is defined as something with a consequence. Using this definition, even an inaction can be considered to be an action, because inaction, or a failure to act on your part, has a consequence that can dramatically impact your life.
For example, a person who fails to finish school, or fails to read regularly, or to listen to audio tapes and take additional training, is committing to what you might call an “inaction.” But because it has devastating consequences on the future for that person, it can be considered an action as well.
The most important actions that you take in determining the quality of your life revolve around the virtues and values that you decide to embrace and live by. They are as important to your life as breathing in and breathing out. The fact is that everything that you do is largely determined by what you feel to be good and right and true about life and people-your values!
When you are living consistent with your values, you feel good about yourself. When you are living inconsistent with your values, you feel badly about yourself.
Be Happy and Feel Good
Aristotle, perhaps the greatest of all the philosophers, broke new ground in thinking when he determined that all of human action is aimed at achieving the happiness of the individual. He said that we are all the same in this one respect. We all seek happiness, however we define it. Everything you do is merely a step in the direction of achieving the ultimate happiness you seek. Aristotle did not stop there. He went on to point out that only the good can be happy, and only the virtuous can be good. Therefore, all happiness is determined by the ability of the individual to establish and live by values and virtues that are life enhancing.
Aristotle went on to point out that, if you have been brought up without clear values, you can develop values by deciding upon the kind of person you want to be and then by acting as if you had the values that that person would have.
Sculpt Your Life and Your Future
The wonderful thing about being a human being is that you are free to shape and sculpt your own character. You can make new choices and decisions at any time of life, especially with regard to your values, and begin acting as if you had those values already.
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass… It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.
I don’t think I’ll ever have a mother’s intuition. My sister left me alone in a restaurant with my 10-month-old nephew. I said, “What do I do if he cries?”
She said, “Give him some vegetables.”
It turns out jalapeno peppers are not his favorite!
Most people rush after pleasure so fast that they rush right past it.
At a country-club party a young man was introduced to an attractive girl. Immediately he began paying her court and flattering her outrageously. The girl liked the young man, but she was taken a bit aback by his fast and ardent pitch. She was amazed when after 30 minutes he seriously proposed marriage.
“Look,” she said. “We only met a half hour ago. How can you be so sure? We know nothing about each other.”
“You’re wrong,” the young man declared. “For the past 5 years I’ve been working in the bank where your father has his account.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
My son is the manager of a glass and window company and advertised in the paper for experienced glaziers. Since a good glass man is hard to find, he was pleased when a man who called about the job said he had over 10 years of experience. “Where have you worked as a glazier?” my son asked.
The man replied, “Dunkin’ Donuts.”
“Age wrinkles the body. Quitting wrinkles the soul. ”
A man who had been in a mental institution for some years finally improved to the point where it was thought he might be released. The psychiatrist that ran the institution decided it was better to proceed with caution, and chose to interview him first. “Tell me,” said the doctor, “if we release you, as we are considering, what do you plan to do with your life?”
The inmate said, “It would be wonderful to get back to real life, and if I do, I will certainly refrain from making my former mistake. I was a nuclear physicist, you see, and it was the stress of my work in weapons research that helped to put me here. If I am released, I shall limit myself to work in pure theory, where I believe the situation will be less difficult and stressful.”
“Wonderful,” said the psychiatrist.
“Or else,” continued the patient, “I might teach. There is something to be said for dedicating your life to expanding the knowledge of young people.”
“Definitely,” said the psychiatrist.
“Then again, I might write. There is always a need for books on science, or I may even write a novel based on my experiences in the psychiatric institution.”
“Another interesting possibility,” agreed the doctor.
“And finally, if none of these things appeals to me, I can always continue to be a teakettle.”
“When you’re comfortable and content with who you are, the voices of others who try and define, control or direct you are not important.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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