Everything is in a state of change.
And this non-permanence can seem unsettling, scary even.
And that’s natural, we all crave some degree of certainty.
But the more we cling to the allusion of certainty and resist the reality of constant change, the harder it is to find peace of mind.
Stania Melnychenko, a Munich based filmmaker and John Doan, a martial arts,
Calmness is the cradle of power
Josiah Gilbert Holland
Some people amaze me.
They smile in the midst of the biggest challenges, breathe into both joy and struggle, and dance during whatever song is being played, as if the rhythm of life asks no less of them.
They are simply calm.
We all want to be those people. We all want to know what it feels like to not automatically lose it when the going gets tough.
Our house sits at the end of a long, straight country road in a semi-rural area.
Every morning on my way out for the day, I pass one of our neighbors who walks the road after her child boards the school bus. I can see her from a half mile away walking towards my end of the road (and I know she can see me too).
I get ready to offer the same smile and wave that I extend at our passing each morning.
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.”
~ Marcus Tullius Cicero
You’ve heard it so many times before.
The importance of gratitude, that is.
Maybe you’re wondering “What’s the big deal, anyway?”
Let me ask you a question. If there was a pill that, if taken just once,
How often do you manage it?
That amazing creative flow.
The one that electrifies, excites and exhausts you all at once. That leaves you out of breath even though you’re sitting down at your laptop.
It’s like your fingers have their own story they’re desperate to get down.
Ideas form effortlessly. Words fly onto the screen. Creative genius fills your page.
You feel incredibly satisfied, creatively gratified.
Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher
By now you’ve probably heard it hundreds, if not thousands, of times.
It’s been expressed in many ways by self-help experts and by spiritual teachers through the ages, but at its heart the message is always the same:
The importance of living in the moment.
It’s frustrating, no?
You can’t seem to figure out how to become productive.
At the same time, the reason is simple:
You overthink things.
You feel stressed and anxious every time you have to make even the smallest decision. Big life decisions feel unfathomable. You’re left spinning your wheels while you know that decisiveness would help you unlock your potential.
In our digital age,
A year from now you may have wished you had started today. Karen Lamb
I’ve always wanted to write and share my life experiences on getting the life you want.
Yet, for years, I could never start.
I looked at the lives of writers like J.K. Rowling or Paulo Coelho, and admired what they had done.
I looked at what Chris Guillebeau,
You had something to say, but as usual, nobody listened.
It’s irritating, right?
They seemed to write you off the second you opened your mouth. Worse than that, they barely even acknowledged you were there.
And it happens every time.
You know you have great ideas and opinions worth listening to, but nobody ever seems to take you seriously. So half the time you don’t even bother speaking up any longer,
Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus
“Do you want some more?”
Seems a dumb question, doesn’t it?
The answer is of course, it depends what the ‘more’ is. More of what, exactly?
Of course you’d enjoy more money to buy more cool stuff,