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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama

Happiness

Have you found this to be true? I have. There is a saying that an old friend of mine told me that “You can’t think yourself into right actions but you can act your way into right thinking.”

Seems a bit like the chicken or the egg discussion but regardless of how happiness is achieved there is no disputing that it comes from both thought and action, not one without the other.

What are you doing today to make your life happier?

What thoughts are you embracing that make you happy and spread happiness to others?

Until later.

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“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

Bull on the side of the road…

Have you ever wondered why life gives you struggle? It is my belief that we are given these things in order to strengthen us and to help us learn important lessons in this life. Can you imagine struggles in life happening for no reason? I can’t.

I’ve found that after some time has passed usually I’m better for having navigated the tough spots in life. Usually there was a lesson to be had in it and some meaning that makes my life richer for having gone through it.

My hope is for you to find the meaning in your struggles and to move through them with grace.

Until later.

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All our dreams can come true

by S.I. Mitchell

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney

Shell Beach, California

Courage is that thing that we all need to live the life we were meant to. But how do you find it? Where does it come from?

For some it comes from within, and of course this is true. For some it comes from the understanding of being connected to and part of something much bigger in life…and feeling it’s power.

For me, it is a combination of both.

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To the mind that is still…

by S.I. Mitchell

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Lao Tzu

Sunset in Atascadero on a perfect day in summer…

Have you ever had a day that is the most perfect day ever? You know, one of those days that you felt that if you never lived another day it would be ok, as having had that one awesome day. I had one of these this past summer.

The image above was taken while coming back home from the beach with my wife and son.

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“To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.” – Buddha

Blue Buddha

Sound simple enough? Obviously a worthy goal, this thing called Enlightenment…the ultimate goal in life as far as I’m concerned. What are we here to learn? How are we to find happiness and meaning in this life?

It’s probably about time I share with you the just a few of the techniques I’ve found useful in my personal journey so far.

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“We must let go of the life we had planned so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell

Hills At Sunset

Endings aren’t always a bad thing. Sometimes you have to let go of the past in order to gain what the future holds. And believe it or not sometimes the future holds some amazing things in store for you.

So, stop clinging to the ‘same ol same ol’ and go for your dreams. Live a life of passion, live a life of service to others in sharing whatever you have to give to the world. This life matters, make it count.

Until later.

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“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Picasso

Old Flower

Who doesn’t love Picasso’s work? Apparently he had a nice quote or two as well.

This is one of my favorite quotes but there is something about it that implies, to me anyways, more depth about this ‘dust’ he refers to. As with most artists I suspect he had experienced a lot of both pain and joy in his life. This dust of life I’m sure held many varying levels of discomfort. Life is that way, for some reason. We get to experience ups and downs and trying to find peace is an art. How do we find solace that ‘this too shall pass’ and what do we use to make it through.

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Doing New Things

by S.I. Mitchell

“I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.” – Pablo Picasso

Old Artichoke Flower

Each day I find it useful to try something new, even if it’s just a new way of doing something I’ve done several times before. Always try to elevate the game of life…it’s worth it. It keeps the spice alive in this soup of existence.

And as the old saying goes, if you want to keep getting what you’re getting, keep doing what you’re doing. If you want something different you have to be willing to do things you’ve never done.

Until later

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“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

It’s Never Too Late

Are you living the life of your dreams? Have you found what your passion is in life?

If not, I urge you to spend some time soul searching to discover who you are and what you were sent here to do. You can wait until some major life event happens to ask these profound questions or you can begin today, right now. You will eventually ask these questions with deep sincerity, trust me on this.  The only thing is the amount of time you have left may change but know that the core of what this means for you can be accessed at any time.

What are you waiting for? More pain? Don’t worry life will bring that to you, it’s part of our journey here for whatever reason. You can avoid some of this by living your passion today.  Make your life meaningful.  It is meaningful already you just may not be fully aware of how much so.

Start in some way, even small ways, to begin.

If you don’t know what you are here to do in this life, ask yourself these questions that may help.

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Change The Way You Look At Things

September 12, 2012

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” – Dr Wayne Dyer One of the most useful things you can learn in life is to develop the ability to shift perceptual positions so as to view something from a variety of angles. Being able to view situations or […]

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