“Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.“
~ Satchel Paige.
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Giving is active while receiving is passive and an end to itself. Giving first to others is ultimately one of the best gift we can give to ourselves. It produces, creates and generates. And, for those who give to others, they are setting in motion a cycle of blessings that often includes feelings of joy, satisfaction, happiness, fulfillment and a sense of purpose.
Like some people, in my way of handling life, I often work to control situations. I mean, I tried denying feeling pain when I was hurting inside, exhibiting control by appearing more composed than I really felt and keeping silent to avoid conflict with anyone. You see, by controlling I worked to protect and disallow myself and others the full experience of reality. “Why control?” you may ask. Simply to avoid the stress and anxiety of taking more than we can manage.
Apparently, it isn’t about controlling what we feel. Instead, it should be about feeling what we feel and sharing what we feel. A good thought can possibly change our day. When our interactions are full of vibrancy, people are touched by our vibrations. Thus, just the joy of being alive and in good company flows through my veins. I can live wholeheartedly and this is happiness to me.
Happiness is an original quality of the soul. It is a treasure and a service itself. Happiness can be smiling and acknowledging the people on our path. To remain happy we have to stay positive. But no matter how big our defense shield is, we are all woundable. Invincibility is for superheroes and even then they have an Achilles heel. No one stay on top at the totem pole forever. Success always lies in the finishing and not the dreaming or the starting.
I reckon there is a need for us to take a firm stand to know how our values matter. Indeed, this could be uneasy and difficult for us to step out of our comfort zone or being emotionally daring. But, don’t you think it will be a great disservice to our integrity to hold back when something deeply matters to us? …… I believe it is far worse to regret not acting on a cherished principle than to do what we know is right in the moment and suffers other’s disapproval.
Wherever you are, if I may suggest, for the rest of this week, try not to count the hours while at work ………. Love like you have never been hurt before. And just focus on living and being you !!!