Children have a natural sense of wonder and curiosity of all things. How does that work? Why is that color that color? Who is the tallest? The smartest? There are no limits to the questions and the knowledge that children seek. We were all like that at one point, and to return to that kind of mentality could only be a positive for more experienced people.
“Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.”
― Henry Ford
What It Means To Think
The ability to think is a craft that has been too often disregarded by the majority of people today. There are so many other things that we let fill our minds rather than pure unadulterated thought, and when we do use our thoughts they are often twisted, negative vines of gossip or judgment that do no positive good to ourselves or anybody else. The good news is that it is not too late to learn to focus on the moment and allow your thoughts to lead away from the negative and toward the positive of creativity and creation.
I think that no matter how far along you have come in life there are always some things that have stuck with you and even though you think that you have let go of it, you really haven’t.
For me to be happy in life and to really enjoy the experiences that I am blessed with every day, there is a constant letting go of perceived slights, whether big or small from others. Forgive the people, let the act go and release the negative from your life.
When you are 80 years old, what will matter to you the most?
Put your marker at the start, take your turn, roll the dice and see if you can get to the finish before anybody else with more stuff than you need. Life is not playing out that way for me, does it for anybody?
I know enough to know, that I do not know that I don’t know anything about what life might be like in a year from now, let alone in thirty-one years from now.
What do you wish you spent more time doing Ten years ago?
Ten years brings many changes to life, I have changed jobs a few times, moved to new locations, and changed my entire outlook on life.
Looking back, it is kind of amazing that so many experiences came to me in the short period of a few years.
Now, like most people looking through the lens of experience, there are many things I wish that I had been doing earlier in my life. But all is a process and you have to follow them step by step. What seems like wasted time is really time to learn. A few of these lessons follow.
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.
Are you aware that everything we think and do matters? This is not something that I knew all my life and it is a concept that I think everyone should contemplate at least a little each day. When you are looking at your life experiences and wondering why you are where you are, look back at your thoughts, choices and actions of the past and there will be a direct connection to the path that you are on right now.
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.
Like many people, I look at how much I have and wonder if there are things I should be doing to attract more into my life. More money, more love, more everything! My interest led me to begin to investigate, I started to do some research on the topic. I found a bunch of ideas about how to attract more abundance into your life. We all think that if we have more money, love, fame, or whatever we will be happier. That is a philosophical statement for another day. Today, there are three simple things that you can start doing today that will make your life more abundant in what you are seeking.
Courage lets You go in the right direction
“If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t go anywhere.” –Unknown
Like everybody else in life, there have been times when I have been faced with circumstances that were not the most pleasant to deal with. There are really only two choices as to how you decide to face these moments in life. One is to act out of fear, that you may lose what you have worked for or be hurt irreparably by whatever misstep has come your way. Or you can face the challenge of the situation head on and with a courage that you will not be conquered by the events of your life and you will not shrink from them. You will come out on the other end a stronger, better person. Courage is defined as mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty