Category - General Observations

Appreciate Yourself And What You Have

A fuller life has been reached when we’re no longer attempting to achieve a fuller life. It means that we’re content, as we should be, with ourselves and what we have.Being anxious for more or envying someone else’s life or their possessions is self-defeating. This will only usually result in frustration. Always hoping and waiting for more happiness.

So what’s important? Enough, not more.

“Think of what you’ve got rather than of what you don’t. Of the things you do have, choose the best and reflect how eagerly you’d have sought them if you did not have them.” – Marcus Aurelius (121-180)orchid2

There is, right here and now, a great deal to appreciate. There is life itself with friends, family, and everything that’s naturally before us. We just have to look around and take it in. Perhaps it is time to make a list of all the good things that you have to actually be grateful for.

Are there people in your life that you’d miss dearly if they weren’t here? When you go for a walk don’t you see, hear, and smell, many things to appreciate and feel nice about? Like the flowers, trees, birds, and the clouds in the sky. A caterpillar crossing the sidewalk or your neighbor waving. A cute pup or child enthusiastically enjoying that moment in life.

“Whether in favor or in humiliation, be not dismayed. Let your eyes leisurely look at the flowers blooming and falling in your courtyard. Whether you leave or retain your position, take no care. Let your mind wander with the clouds folding and unfolding beyond the horizon.” – Hung Tzu-ch’eng (1593-1665)

It just makes good sense to be satisfied and at peace with yourself and others, and to enjoy life now. Not only will you feel better, you may even find your life less stressful.

Acts of Kindness Benefit Everyone

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others. Contemplate this: “If you wish others to be happy, practice compassion. If you would like to be happy, practice compassion.” – The Dalai Lama

Some of us may feel that, if we give too much, our generosity, will be taken advantage of by others. This is true, and a few very selfish individuals can possibly perceive your good intentions as weakness.

However, people who seek to take advantage are in the minority. To quote Gandhi, “We must be the change, we wish to see in the world.” Think about it, change has to start somewhere, so why not start with you and me, right now?

You can donate anything randomly, without seeking reward, and anonymously, without telling anyone. This is good for you, the universe, and those who receive your acts of kindness. Every time you give, you will receive – even, if you are not looking for a reward.

Try it, and you’ll see, what some call, “karma,” the law of cause and effect. It works like this: For every action there is a reaction. Let’s make sure the reactions to our actions are good ones.

Danny Thomas said, “All of us are born for a reason, but all of us don’t discover why. Success in life has nothing to do with what you gain in life or accomplish for yourself. It’s what you do for others.”

Share everything and you will achieve a legacy of kindness. Share nothing and people will, do their best, to forget you. When my life is over I will only leave memories, in the minds of others, and I want them all to be good ones.

So, how much should you give? It can start with, “heart felt”, kind words, a note, a card, or a flower. You will find that your gifts or donations won’t make you poor. As a result of this, you will see most people, naturally, return kindness to you.

You should also take the time to be polite to all of the people who perform services for you, every day. Many people do not bother to say hello to the maid, janitor, parking attendant, or service clerk.

Once you do, you may even learn their name, and you would be surprised how many of them will go out of their way to give you good service, just by addressing them by their first name.

If you establish sincerity and trust where ever you go, you will be loved by your fellow man. It is really that simple. As Mohammed said, “A person’s true wealth is the good he or she does in the world.”

Lighten Up

I’ve been quite bored of late. Not that I’m not busy with living or anything. More busy revamping, reorganizing the way I’ve been looking at the whole living experience.

How I fit in to the whole scheme of things, or maybe more to the point how I want to fit into it. Trying to do it just doesn’t seem to work out too well usually. Yet with all I have read over the last two decades we are all part and parcel of the same thing. Me joined to you you joined to me, to all the flowers an the bees. That kind of thing.

The one thing that does ring pretty loud these days is lighten up. Look at that now. We all hear it all the time. Oh come on, lighten up would ya. Time to lighten up isn’t it.

Have you ever really given it much thought? Afteral, it’s just a couple of words strung together to mean…what?

There’s lighten. It’s an adjective right. To lighten your load, to drop some stuff on the side of the road so you can carry on a bit easier. To feel lighter. To add more light to a room or place so you can see better. Not as full. To laugh a bit and break up the density of the moment when it becomes a little tense.

Then there’s up. Pretty obvious one here. Opposite of down, to raise. Movin on up, to the east side. To increase.

So maybe by getting rid of the crap in the suitcase the ability to be clearer, more full of joy and actually living your life, maybe that’s the way to go.

So lighten up would ya. Get to the real job here. Living your life.