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Monday, 4th February 2013.
There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.
Tuesday, 5th February 2013.
Don’t confuse your path with your destination.
Just because it’s stormy now, doesn’t mean
you aren’t headed for the sunshine.
Wednesday, 6th February 2013.
The thing that is really hard and amazing,
is giving up on being perfect and
beginning the work of becoming yourself.
Thursday, 7th February 2013.
To love someone is to be fully present.
You’re able to listen wholeheartedly to what he or she says,
without the need to interrupt.
Your mind is not clouded by pre-conceived judgement.
Your presence is 100%.
Friday, 8th February 2013.
The best proof of love is trust. ~ Joyce Brothers.
Saturday, 9th February 2013.
Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
~ Mark Twain.
Sunday, 10th February 2013.
People become attached to their burdens
sometimes more than the burdens are attached to them.
~ George Bernard Shaw.
“You are essentially who you create yourself to be
and all that occurs in your life
is the result of your own making.”
~ Stephen Richards.
One of the greatest internal powers we have, is the power to control our own thoughts. And the one thing all of us need to act on, is to get our thoughts back on track with positive ideas …… You see, most of us have dreams. But some people never see their dreams come true. Instead of soaring through the clouds, their dreams languish like a broken down limousine, confined to its workshop.
The most fascinating part of dreams is; the more vivid and clear the thought, the more we come back to it and consequently the stronger it becomes. Or, each time we rethink and dwell on it, or layer it with other thoughts, we are strengthening the structure on which we build our idea. And dreams are limited only by our power of imagination and the strength of our desire.
Thus, you may say, our success depends on how well we think. While we may have a tendency to let our attitudes take the dive along with our state of affairs but, don’t you think if we are going to be successful, we need to know how to deal with them and keep our attitude intact?
Very often we come across people who aren’t following their dreams, resent us from pursuing our dreams. They feel inadequate when we succeed. So they try to drag us down. But, on another note, people are improving their lives every day. Whether you do or not, doesn’t matter to those who do. They are going to do it, regardless. It is simply a decision being made. But, why not let the person be you?
While life keep dealing us with setbacks; both major and minor, we have to be mindful that we pilot our own dreams. We cannot entrust them to anyone else. Indecision is the thief of opportunity. It will steal our chances of a better future. So be courageous in your life and in the pursuit of things you want and the person you want to become.
Let your dream run free …… We are either trapped by the regret of the past or the routine of the present. What that affect our dream is our own ability to see the future. Thus, always make sure the greatest pull on you is the pull of the future. Be mindful, life is not a sprint but a marathon. Be the tortoise, not the hare. Take your time, do it right. Keep going in the right direction and don’t give up quality for speed. Don’t be easily discouraged. Breakthrough ideas often occur when we are calmly searching for opportunities. They rarely occur when we are anxious and frustrated. Remember, slow start, work up to high speeds, go the distance.
“Don’t give in to your fears. If you do,
you won’t be able to talk to your heart.”
~ Paulo Coelho. “The Alchemist.”
There is a widely held belief that the elderly are rigid, inflexible and incapable of change. But, aren’t there some people who will always have difficulty and feeling uncomfortable adapting to change, regardless of their age? I reckon, every stage of life presents its rewarding challenges and difficult adjustments. Say, adolescence, marriage, mid-life crisis and retirement are all important and stressful events.
The truth is, we create too many difficult situations for ourselves, internally. Say, fear is one of the many enemies lurking inside us. Fear can destroy ambitions, relationships, fortunes and if left unchecked can destroy our lives. Arrogance is another. It brings a desire for respect and regard from others. And when we don’t receive it, we feel unhappy and at times angry because we feel disrespected …… But, if we shift our focus of attention, giving from the heart and don’t have arrogance, we won’t have such negative feelings in the first place.
Today, we are living in a time when change is happening everywhere …… turbulently and rapidly. Don’t stop living and learning. There’s always one hill higher – with a better view, so to speak. Go on growing up. If we believe that the power of Jesus can heal the sick, we are going to believe it even if one hundred studies say otherwise. And if we think prayer does nothing more than offer comfort, we are going to continue to believe that. Such is the resilience of faith. Belief gives us strength and reminds us that we are not alone in hard times. And last but not least, belief sets our moral compass, encourages us to help and gives us peace and hope – that can relieve stress, prevent depression and keep us optimistic.
Neil Armstrong once said, “You only have to solve two problems when going to the moon: First, how to get there and second, how to get back. The key is don’t leave until you have solved both problems. We don’t fail overnight. Instead, failure is a few error in judgement, repeated every day. Involvement with other people is important to the maintenance of our mental health as we grow. While withdrawal from society, negative self-talk and introspection could possibly lead to loneliness and isolation.
While some people keep blaming “age” for their problems there are also those who keep asking; “How do we find meaning in our lives?” You see, if we are searching for meaning we aren’t fully living. We may be existing but not mindful and aware of what is right here, right now. But, if we shift our focus of attention to living our lives in the moment and appreciate the moment, we live a wholesome life.
Warmest Wishes and Best Regards to each and every one of you. !!!
“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.”
~ Stephen Richards. Cosmic Ordering: You can be successful.
I came across a middle-aged couple slowing down in front of a popular weight management outlet very recently. When I got closer, I overheard the man telling the lady, “You are unique. ….. We are all put into this world to be who we are. How can you be your best when you are working to be a reflection of somebody else?” as he led the hesitant lady away ……
All of us have positive qualities, don’t we? For instance, happiness and contentment, are beautiful qualities. But to remain truly happy and contented, one ought to remain positive. Say, if we can detach and focus only on the blessings that we have, I reckon we could be a happier person – in the true sense of the word.
“Then, what thinking is negative?” you may ask. Generally, all thinking that makes us feel less contented can be considered negative. For instance, thoughts related to how bad things are or indulging in any negative mental dialogue. You see, the wonderful thing is; “Life is directly related to where we choose to focus our attention.” If we choose to focus on thoughts of problems, it is almost certain our experience of life will consist mainly of problems.
Thus, by moving our focus of attention away from the problems and wrongs of the world and our lives, we gradually begin to find ourselves noticing more beauty and kindness. And this is what children do on a regular basis. No pun intended. I agree, they may be living in the same world as we, adults do. But, it is the way that they notice different aspects of it. Say, they see humor, opportunities, compassion and ……
As I conclude my post for the day and if I may ask, “Have you ever thought what it means to appreciate someone?” I reckon, if we truly appreciate what someone does or what someone stands for, tell him or her. Be mindful, it is easy to get discouraged these days and sometimes it only take one appreciative person to keep someone going …… My parting thought; “Appreciation is a wonderful thing:It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.” ~ Voltaire.
We are unique. ….. Stay happy and keep excelling !!!
As I thought about how to expand on my previous post, “Stay Happy.” I was overwhelmed by a wonderful feeling of contentment …… Life is not so much about winning or losing – it is about living.
Happiness reminds us that each day is precious and each day we can choose to be happy. Say, we can choose to live by our values and we can choose to be grateful for the amazing possibilities we are given. But, making any successful and positive change requires forethought. It is always better to feel that we are moving towards something new and exciting with our eyes fully wide open rather than doing things blindly – without giving due consideration.
“Peace of mind” is an elusive and precious sense of contentment. If we look for it. we won’t find it. It only comes to us when our mind is still and empty of negative emotions. Say, guilt, bitterness and anxiety. These negative emotions can dominate our thoughts and sap our energy. Thus, in moving forward to find peace of mind, we must not be held back by these negative emotions unnecessarily.
Perhaps, you may agree life is full of hard knocks. And for some, life can be a harsh experience of one setback after another. Thankfully, for most of us, life hast treated us more kindly. Except from time to time, we may feel pain, disappointment, despair and so forth.
In sports, all of us have seen pictures of athletics howling in pain, when they stumbled on the track or took a hard fall. Many times it’s not just because of the physical pain of a hamstring and so forth. It is also the inconsolable dream of having a dream dashed on the ground.
Have a dream. Better still, have an inspiring dream or vision. Thinking too much about the future can sometimes affect our happiness and peace of mind. Anxiety about the future can take over, affecting our decisions and our enjoyment to life. And not fret what may or may not lie ahead.
My parting thought; “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin.
Big things always have a way of making us feel a tad insignificant. Remember how you felt the last time you met someone who was bigger than life or stunningly talented? And did you felt like less? …… Basically, we are all connected. And when we witness amazing people, it is normal if we tend to feel unamazing by comparisons. But, amazing doesn’t fit everywhere. Stop thinking. Start living. Stay happy. And drop the perception that amazing people somehow diminish those of us who don’t seem to be.
“When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.” – Henri Nouwen.
It is easy for any of us to forget our life’s aims in the coming months of 2013. Say; “What are the most important things in life?” “Who are the most important people in our lives?” Or “What are the most important tasks in our lives?”
To serve from our hearts is to give ourselves to life – not our words, time or business, but ourselves. We do not need any resources to serve from our hearts – all we need is to be rich inside.
Having a good heart is one thing but to give it, to create something, is even a more powerful donation. When the heart is used, there is a radiation outwards which touches others’ hearts. And when we let something go, we are making space in our lives for new ideas and experiences.
Thus, meeting someone else’s need even in a small way, is an incredibly gratifying experience and a major key to true happiness.
You see, the measure of life is not its duration but its donation. Those who give to others set into motion a cycle of blessings that often includes the feelings of joy, happiness, satisfaction, fulfillment and a deep, abiding sense of purpose. It is a genuine expression of love and love’s finest hour.
Perhaps, the present speed of life, the many distractions along our way and the fragmented nature of modern life, has both directly and indirectly contributed to the dissolution of noble aims and life’s most important aspects. Thus, we have to be mindful the point and goal of the race. And keep the focus on that which really matters.
My parting thought; “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.” - Charles Dickens.
There are so many things we can offer to all those around us this New Year. And many of these things are free. Say some of our time, some of our knowledge, some of our support or love – they cost us nothing but something others value a lot. The fact is, if we limit the love we give to just one or two, it will eventually halt. But, if we learn to create love inside our hearts and silently give it to everyone we meet, believe me, love will grace every corner of our lives.
Have a beautiful weekend !!!