One of the simplest gifts we can give to others is the gift of kindness. It cost no money to be kind, and it takes no talent, in fact, all you have to possess to practice kindness is a willing heart to undertake the action and be kind. There is probably not a better method for improving a person’s outlook on life than to treat them with a little kindness. All people deserve your kindness, and like most things in life, the more willingly this gift is given the more it is received. Be a giver of kindness today.
Yesterday I had one of the most interesting visitors I ever experienced. It was from my 10-year-old self and it was eye opening to remember how great that person was and even better to know that all of the great things about him
are still there inside of me now 40 years later.
“Life is a boomerang. What you give you get.”~ Dale Carnegie~ Karma
We are all in control of the energy we give to the world each day. It begins with the thoughts we decide to pay attention to in our minds these become the actions we perform and our actions determine what we get back from life. Like a boomerang the energy, you decide to send out will come back to you, always, inevitably and usually with interest. That’s Karma.
Why Don’t we all choose Happiness?
Happiness is a goal that everyone wants to experience. How many times have you just wanted to be happy with life, your choices, the people that you know and the things that you own? Yet there is a deep feeling of angst inside that what you have and/or what you are is simply not enough. You would be happier if you were taller, thinner, had a nicer car, or a more interesting significant other. The true source of happiness is located within you.
This is a much more difficult concept than it appears on the surface. You can’t just will yourself to be happy. It has to come from the focus of your daily consciousness. As you become more aware of positive things inside of you, the level of happiness you experience will increase.
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.
I am tremendously grateful for a conscious decision I made about four years ago to stop watching the national news and leaving the fear mongering and celebrity worship behind.
I don’t seem to be missing out on anything positive and am just as informed as I always have been, but the real benefit is the fact that I have not been subject to the consistent stream of negativity that comes from any of the national news outlets. I think this enables me to be happier on a daily basis.
Minds work overtime, sometimes and I wrote this list originally several years ago but continually update my core beliefs as new evidence and experience prove old ideas in need of tweaking or total replacement. So here are the current version of MY CORE BELIEFS. Presented in no particular order, here are a few of the things that I hold as truths for my life.
We Are All Connected
Call it God, the Universe, or whatever your religion dictates, but to me, we are all connected through divine order. All people contain the same abilities for great love, and equal power to commit evil. That is just a part of this crazy game called life.
There are questions we ask ourselves all of our lives that can haunt us if we let them. What if that decision was wrong? What if I shouldn’t have done that? What if I had tried out for the chess team in high school? What if I said yes?
There are a million of these questions that you can consume your time with, but they don’t add up to anything in the end because the fact is whatever you are “what if-ing” about didn’t happen, will never happen and so should concern you about as much as what the weather was in Borneo in the year 1656.
Keeping it All Positive
No matter how confident and successful you are, life has a way of throwing challenges your way that will push you to make decisions every day which redefines who you are. In everyone’s life, there are going to be events that force a constant expression of this experience.
In the end, even after facing a challenge I like to think that we have become a more galvanized feeling of who we are, and we hold on to beliefs with a more critical and realistic passion.
What do we all have in common that makes us human?
No matter where you are living or what you do to survive, life always boils down to the choices we make. From who you choose as friends to how responsible you are, it is all decided with a conscious decision on your part. We all have the ability to choose what we experience.
Many people have a hard time accepting responsibility for these choices in their lives but if you look at yourself honestly and in an unbiased fashion, you will see the power your choices have had on the success or failure in your life.
There are several sure-fire behaviors that we can all choose which are guaranteed to ruin your life, give you less happiness and cause you to be angry each day. Practice these things and you are guaranteed to be unhappy. Be careful because happiness will always seek a way into your life.
Be Mean to Others
A great place to start is to make sure that you are mean to other people. Most people are mean and accepting of others because we see faults in them that we see and dislike in ourselves. So look at what you dislike about yourself, recognize it in someone else and be mean to them. Gossip about them, name call and discriminate if you can.
No matter where you are in the journey of life, there are going to be opportunities today to practice kindness of some sort, which will enhance someone’s experience on Earth in a positive way. If you need any convincing that taking this action will improve the world than I wanted to provide you with 5 reasons that kindness is awesome and you can be the catalyst for this today, right here and right now.
All things are changing at all times. Absolutely nothing or nobody stays exactly as they are right now. Either things are moving in a positive direction or they are becoming less positive and your life is a reflection of the transformation you are currently experiencing.
Personal wealth, health, and relationships are developing each day and your choices fuel that process one way or another. Fortunately, we are creators and can take charge of the transformation process. Here are 6 factors that lead change in a positive direction.
What makes you smile?
I have always felt that the endgame in life was to experience happiness, and one of the ways that we show this is to smile. Smiling shows an appreciation for whatever is unfolding in your life.
There are lots of different smiles we share with the world and I am here telling you that there are so many things that make me smile, I am not sure that I can mention them all here. I am trying just to encourage another to smile and feel a bit more positive about life.
I was reading a great article the other day which stated that we all have a list. This list contains people who need us or has needed us at some point, in some way in their lives. They are our personal assignments that we are destined to help achieve, get through or overcome something. Or perhaps just to help make their lives a little bit better and brighter. When you look at life like this, each interaction that you have throughout the day can put a new person on your list if you want it to.
To fear or to love?
All situations in life can be broken down into a simple choice. Will you think and act out of fear? Or will you think and act out of love?
I believe that EVERYTHING you think will make a difference in your life. I believe this because of a lifetime of experience and entertaining the wrong types of thoughts. Basically, I lived much of my life under the influence of fear but have chosen to make a change and look at things with thoughts of love.
Kindness makes the world a better place. Nobody can argue with that
sentiment. The great thing is that all people have the ability to practice being kind each and every moment, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It doesn’t cost anything and the result is always positive. Why then are so many people not kind?
It is probably due to a focus that is spent on the wrong things but we can always change our focus towards the experience of kindness. People always enjoy receiving kindness from others because it feels good. Performing kind acts for others is just as gratifying. Kindness is free and is extremely contagious. Try spreading some around today.
Yesterday, I was reminded how simple our philosophy of life should be. We should all be treating others based on the way we would like to be treated. If we all followed this pattern of behavior, many of the world’s problems would be eliminated easily. However, as we all know there are sometimes things that get in the way of putting the golden rule into practice. Here are a few explanations and thoughts on how to make sure that you are following the golden rule and doing your part to make sure the world is a better place.
It is sad that most people experience some sort of pain on a daily basis because of the selfish, thoughtless behavior of others that has been
occurring throughout time. Just as there have probably been people like me, who have realized the pain that we might have caused others, not only by what we said to or about someone but also by the things we didn’t say or the small acts we didn’t do, when they might have made all the difference to someone else’s outlook on life and experience. It amazes me that so much anger and unhappiness could be avoided in life if we would just take a moment to say the kind word or do the thoughtful act for someone. These are the little pieces of hell we perpetrate on ourselves and others throughout our lives. But it doesn’t have to be this way. We always have a choice.