If you had to teach something, what would you teach?
Presented with the opportunity to teach anything I wanted, and assuming that anyone wanted to learn, there is no doubt that I would try to teach a few of the things I have learned from life that I think are important.
There were many important things that I never really considered early on in life, which has proven to be invaluable and nearly vital knowledge today.
These lessons may not be mind blowing but I think they are important for you to be all that you want to be in life. Whether you think they have a place in your life or not is up to you.
1. There is Greatness in You
Each and every one of us, no matter what the circumstance of life, contain the potential for greatness inside. How that greatness shows itself is different for everyone, but it is there nonetheless. The secret is to find your area of expertise and to allow it to grow.
Don’t pay attention to the limiting thoughts of others. Don’t let your own negative self-talk discourage you. Follow the feeling in your heart that tells you quietly and confidently what you should be doing. Know that you are great and allow it to show. Some of us have had our talent hidden for so long that we had forgotten what direction to look or what to look for.
The first step to finding out what your skill set might contain is to start to look for it. Once you do, I have found that things tend to fall together quite naturally to allow you to develop it and to present you with a path to follow.
Before any of that can start to happen, you have to accept that you have greatness in you with the potential to do whatever you dream of.
2. Love or Fear will rule you.
There are two forces inside of each of us and everything we do comes from them. Love or fear. You have a choice about which one you pay attention to in any situation.
Love is not just romantic love, that is a very small part of the entirety of the emotion. It includes all branches of this positive emotion. Kindness, acceptance, joy, peace, love humility, empathy, and truth are all things that come from this positive force.
Fear is the opposite and leaves its own calling cards behind, evil, anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. Following these feelings and thoughts will bring with it more situations to make the same choice. What you think is who you are.
With every situation, you encounter throughout life you will be faced with this simple choice of how you approach it, and the choices you make will determine what kind of life you experience.
It is important to remember this choice all of the time because sometimes you may be in a situation where someone else’s choice is going to affect you.
How positive the impact you have in life will, in a nutshell, be boiled down to which one of these two opposing forces you align yourself with.
3. Gratitude is the Attitude
I do not really know if gratitude can be taught or not, but it is vitally important to having a good life. Often times we spend life looking at what we don’t have and wondering why.
This thought pattern is only going to bring more awareness into what you don’t have. Since you spend all of your thought on the lack in your life, that is exactly what you will continue to experience.
The alternative is to focus on what you do have, and even if it isn’t much, being truly grateful for what you do have, will open the door’ for more to come into your life. Since your thoughts are about gratitude and being grateful, the world will find a way to see that you experience more of these things.
Being grateful is a recognition of what you have and experiencing some joy about it. Being grateful will allow you, not only to enjoy that thing but to experience a feeling of joy surrounding it.
If you are experiencing joy even on a small-scale, it is hard not to be happy. If you are happy, well isn’t that the purpose of this little game called life? I think it should be and I am grateful to be able to tell you this.
4. Live in the Present Moment
Speaking of being happy, it is vital that you learn how to live in the moment. That means that you are aware and appreciate what is happening right now in your life. It would seem simple to do, yet very few people really do it.
Distractions take out minds all sorts of places rather than where we actually are. You can’t enjoy today if your mind is lost in yesterday or tomorrow. If you aren’t present then your happiness will evade you.
Look at people walking down the street today, most are focused on anything other than where they are. On the morning commute, almost every eye is looking at their phone, or Ipad searching for something that is not with them right now.
The present moment and all that it has to offer is ignored for a fantasy of thought that takes you anywhere but in the moment you are actually in.
This is important because if you live your life half aware of what is going on right in front of you, it is going to be difficult to experience a long-lasting happiness. Simply because if your happiness is in the past or some uncertain future then it is not with you right now.
There are many other lessons I would include in my lesson plans for life, but that will have to wait for another day. I am grateful for all of you who have read to this point! You just made my day! Remember that the end game of life is to be happy. So if you are making decisions or having thoughts and experiences that aren’t working to that end, then you need to change them. You have the power to do this anytime you want. You just have to want.
Reflections of the way things used to be……..leads to knowledge