Monthly Archives: November 2016

DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR A BETTER LIFE

DAILY REFLECTIONS FOR A BETTER LIFE

It’s now that you must strive to achieve the best that is within you. It’s now that you can begin to excel like never before. It’s now that you must place yourself in a position of trust and take up the reins of a new invigorating life. Your time has arrived and it’s now that you must get inspired, remain committed and reach out to push the boundaries back. Pretending that you’re just not good enough is simply not good enough! Believe in yourself; adopt the belief that you contain hidden potential that must find expression and fulfilment; then move forward leaving your old life behind.

 

Trying to perceive our lives as one long succession of lessons and opportunities to participate in for our growth and development is one of the most impactful ideas I have ever encountered.

 

Remember, how you make people feel says an awful lot about who you are.

We are made stronger through adversity because it forces us to dig deeper within ourselves, to find the inner resolve necessary to overcome what confronts and challenges us.

Be a witness to your life, pay attention to everything that surrounds you in a mindful, engaged way.  

Remaining in the shadow, hiding your light, your innate talents, serves no one.

Life is a challenge, a call to step up to the mark and do your very best so never deny yourself this opportunity to expand as an individual.

 

Unhappiness is often a product of our inflated idea that others are always happy; others are always having a great time. They aren’t although we sometimes may have difficulties in believing this.

 

In any relationship we must ask ourselves, on a regular basis, is this serving my emotional needs? Is it conducive to my wellbeing? Is it meeting my expectations? Is it what I really want? Ultimately, if it’s restricting your growth as an evolving, growing individual then it may be time to reappraise the relationship/s for everyone’s sake. We have to accept the reality of letting people go but the flip side of this is welcoming new people into our lives and this can be an exciting, growth promoting exercise.

 

Anxiety will draw us in the wrong direction, into fear, doubt and confusion. Moving into the shadows serves no one and we do have a choice. Setting up and working towards positive goals, however small initially, will bring the best out of us which can be harnessed for a new, invigorating life.  

 

If we wake up in the morning truly contented about who we are, assured that we will are growing each day, confident that we are on the right path to personal fulfilment, then happiness will automatically follow us – it can’t fail to do anything less.

 

Avoid the trap of seeking out perfection, running after it as if it represented the be all of everything – it isn’t! We live in a world of imperfection and we must acknowledge this but providing we give all our efforts the best that we possibly can then that’s good enough. Remember, at some level imperfection is perfect.

 

 

We often say to ourselves, sometimes used as an excuse, “ I must find time for that ” when in reality we don’t ‘ find time ‘ at all we have to make it, carve it out of our day if we consider it important enough.

 

Good parenting starts with being a good individual, a decent person who feels the need to be present in this world in a positive, caring, compassionate way.

 

You cannot just love your family and friends displaying to them your positive heartfelt emotions then cut off everyone else who is situated in your life. Love knows no boundaries, no restrictions; it is universal, encompassing every human soul. Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbours worthy.” Thomas Merton

Good Luck Michael Lewin

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Sara Teasdale

Love in Autumn – Sara Teasdale

I sought among the drifting leaves,

The golden leaves that once were green,

To see if Love were hiding there

And peeping out between.

For thro’ the silver showers of May

And thro’ the summer’s heavy heat,

In vain I sought his golden head

And light, fast-flying feet.

Perhaps when all the world is bare

And cruel winter holds the land,

The Love that finds no place to hide

Will run and catch my hand.

I shall not care to have him then,

I shall be bitter and a cold

It grows too late for frolicking

When all the world is old.

Then little hiding

Love, come forth,

Come forth before the autumn goes,

And let us seek thro’ ruined paths

The garden’s last red rose.

 

Naomi Shihab Nye

 

Naomi Shihab Nye

KINDNESS

Before you know what kindness really is you must lose things, feel the future dissolve in a moment like salt in a weakened broth. What you held in your hand, what you counted and carefully saved, all this must go so you know how desolate the landscape can be between the regions of kindness. How you ride and ride thinking the bus will never stop, the passengers eating maize and chicken will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness, you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho lies dead by the side of the road. You must see how this could be you, how he too was someone who journeyed through the night with plans and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside, you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. You must wake up with sorrow. You must speak to it till your voice catches the thread of all sorrows and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread, only kindness that raises its head from the crowd of the world to say It is I you have been looking for, and then goes with you everywhere like a shadow or a friend.