What are you sure of in life? What philosophy can you stand behind and not shy away from because you are sure of its validity? We all have some non-negotiable items in this cache. The sun will rise, the sun will set. Life is fleeting. You must work hard to be successful. The government is looking out for your best interest. If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. There are many points of view which are considered by people constant, unshakable and permanent fixtures in life and creators of our reality. Yet in reality, they are only interesting points of view that you can choose to believe or discard as you see fit.
Constantly people are faced with challenges and situations which always give them a key experience or understanding that they need to accomplish a goal or create something that never could have been accomplished without it. Did you make choices about your actions or was it your destiny?
“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.
Many problems come from the illusion of separation that people have been taught throughout life. Almost from birth, we are taught to group people and label them based on arbitrary measures. Separation by race, religion, region, economics or any other measure is designed to create an identity but they only serve to build walls between people. Security is a big reason for this, where you fit in, you are safe, but later it can be attached to a person’s self-worth, and value. We are not separate, we are connected. The truth is that we are far more connected than we are different. Eliminate the separations between us and the world will be a much more functional place.
Each day we are given a new opportunity to create greatness both in the world we live in and in our personal lives. It seems that as we embark on our daily adventure it can be derailed most often by our own limiting thoughts and fear based behavior. I wonder what would happen if we were able to fully grasp the magic that is available in each and every day and make life the grand show it was meant to be.
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 have 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.
All of us have a deep desire inside to know what is going to happen next. Where are we going? What is the next step? What should I do now?
Sometimes it seems like it would be much easier if our lives were scripted in a book that we could read before hand, like a play. Follow the script and you will eventually come to your happy ending and everything will be alright. A happy ending for all situations. That is just not the way that life works and I, for one, am grateful for it. Face the new experiences of life and bravely embrace the unknown. You really don’t have any other choice.
There is no such thing as normal. Normal is a word that will bring a different vision to everyone’s mind, but to me each vision is biased by the experiences of the thinker. My normal may seem ludicrous to you and what you do each day as a matter of life, may seem out of this world. The point to me is that there is no need to appoint a value of “normal” to anybody or anybody’s life.
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.
Time is On Your Side, Even if it doesn’t Seem It
We should all find activities in life that cause us to lose track of time and more importantly to not worry about what you “should” be doing with those precious moments.
In our daily lives, we are controlled by the clock. From the time we have to go to work to the time we are allowed to eat and the time we are able to rejoin the freedom of life yet again. Time can be an all-controlling factor if you let it, but it does not have to be. You can live your life on your own time.
The great thing about books is that they provide ideas for thought that are new to you. Like planting a seed in the ground, your own thoughts can grow from the ideas of someone else and today I am grateful for the many thoughts I have read from the great Ralph Waldo Emerson. When I read the words RWE has written, they always spark a new light of thought. Of Course it would be unrealistic to share a million thoughts but here are a few favorites and the seeds they have cultivated in my mind.
Want to be Happy?
Most people would love to live a happy life but find that the process of living life is stopping happiness from happening. Life challenges you with situations that force you to grow and learn. Happiness comes from within, building an acceptance of events and situations and knowing that they are meant to teach you something. Whether you enjoy the process is up to you. Here are some things you can do to become happier with life today.
1. Never Forget You Are Great
The first thing that I would want them to know is that they are great, powerful and they can do anything that they want to accomplish.