“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” ~ Socrates
Shell Beach, California (Memory Park)
Have you found yourself chasing ‘things’ in this life? Have you had the belief at some time that some ‘thing’ would make you happy if you had it?
It’s amazing when you finally discover that happiness is truly and inside job.
Every day can be your perfect day. Every day can be your happiest if you decide to make it so.
No ‘thing’ will ever be the true source of your happiness. Sure for a brief period of time, then your ‘self’ comes back into play…if you plan your life to chase things, you may find life more of a struggle than it needs to be.
Each day be grateful for what you have… The important stuff, like friends, family, life, an opportunity to help others, etc.
I promise you, if you do that, your life will change forever and you will be at peace.
“The power to change your life lies in the simplest of steps.” ~ Steve Maraboli
Morro Bay, California at sunset
Every day is a new day. What you do today matters most.
Don’t live in the past, don’t worry about the future. Focus on the actions you can take today to create the life of your dreams.
You came to this life for a reason. All of your struggles mean something and you can turn them into learning and a reason to move into the life you should be living.
What is holding you back?
What fear, what hesitation, what doubt…let’s walk through those and get them out of the way. They are actually a blessing and there is a way to get rid of them.
I’d love to hear from you. Please comment below if you have something that’s keeping you stuck. I’d love to help.
“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.” ~ Paramahansa Yogananda
The Lake Shrine at the Self Realization Center in Pacific Palasades, California
I am blessed in life. I had the opportunity to visit with some friends this past weekend that I hadn’t seen in around 20 years. It was as if we had never left eachother…sure we had all grown up and evolved in various ways but that spark, that connection we shared was as intact as ever. It’s a blessing to have friends like that in life.
Open your heart, find yourself, and share with others…be fearless in living life fully and to attract the right people into your life that will enrich your life and those around you.
You can help make your friends life better and vice versa.
I love this story from Buddha’s teachings as it relates to the value of friends:
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“Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” ~ Dale Carnegie
Happiness – Birds Flying
Success and happiness…while cousins of each other are definitely not one in the same at all times. There are clearly differences as this quote so simply stated.
While success in life is grand, happiness, in my opinion, is a far better thing to strive for.
Are you content in your life? Do you spend some time each day being grateful for what you have.
I find this a life changing practice to stay in tuned with…gratitude, that leads to happiness.
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Being enterprising doesn’t just relate to the ability to make money. Being enterprising also means feeling good enough about yourself, having enough self worth to want to seek advantages and opportunities that will make a difference in your future. ~ Jim Rohn
Morro Bay, California at sunset…
Not getting where you want to be in life? Check something…how’s your self worth? If you don’t love yourself, how in the world do you expect to fully allow yourself to live the life you were designed to?
Just makes sense doesn’t it?
Spend some time every day and remind yourself that you are worthy of your goals, dreams and aspirations.
“We acquire the strength we have overcome.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
How could one imagine gaining strength without a little struggle. Just doesn’t make sense does it?
Of course not.
When faced with challenges, know that you will make it through, you will survive and come out on the other side stronger than you are today. Know that the universe is conspiring with you to make you grow, to learn, to evolve.
We’re just getting these tests like in grade school…and once we pass them, here we come junior high!
The things that appear hard today, will seem easy tomorrow.
Breathe, smile, endure.
“There are two ways to live: you can live as if nothing is a miracle; you can live as if everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein
Sunset at Morro Bay
Wouldn’t this be a miserable life if everything was an accident? What meaning would there be? Who would even care…there really wouldn’t be much to care for other than getting whatever you could out of life before taking a dirt nap.
Sad to think that some people might actually believe this is all an accident. For me, for a number of reasons I’ve chosen to live life as if everything is a miracle. I’ve seen my share of them and they occur more often than you imagine if you just keep your eyes and your heart open.
This world is a wonder.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama
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?
“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.