As I BEGIN this latest chapter of Ramblings, I want you to IMAGINE your life being transformed into something totally new, fascinating, and liberating. As you follow along, feel free to LAUGH at yourself, it truly is mother nature’s best medicine!
Now before you go any further, there’s one thing you should always remember about life; BELIEVE that you’re capable of greatness, in fact, you already have it inside of you! It’s there, just waiting, all the answers you SEEK to your life’s questions you already possess. The mind is a vast PLAYground, just ready for you to explore it, if you would only TRUST your instincts and LISTEN to your heart. You have the power to CREATE your world as you wish. Once you CONNECT with this awareness inside of you, you’ll then be able to reach out and TOUCH those around you in a profound way; your family, friends, and co-workers will be drawn to your magnetic personality!
As I’ve reached middle age, I’ve come to several conclusions about life, both past, present, and the future. Most of us at this stage in our lives have made mistakes, we’ve caused harm to those we love or to ourselves. And in spite of this knowledge, we must each understand we’re not infallible. After all, we’re human and we will continue to make mistakes. That’s all part of the process, we never stop learning, right up until the end. If you feel the same way, one of the biggest lessons I’d like to pass along is this; always choose to FORGIVE yourself first, then ask it of others. And when others seek yours, gladly accept their amends. No conditions. No questions. The moment a thing seems wrong to you, or another person’s actions are not what you think they should be, begins your responsibility to PRAY that a change can come through your influence. Above all, hang on to your faith with everything you have, because it too is one of the few things in life that gives us HOPE for a better future; for ourselves, our families, our friends, for everyone.
There’s so much of our lives that we can’t control. In reality, the only power we’ve been given is free will; the power to CHOOSE good over evil, right over wrong, up or down, that’s all we can do. Learn to APPRECIATE who you are, those around you, what you have, not what you don’t. Above all, GIVE of yourself freely to others, including your material possessions, and the one thing all of us crave for from others; someone who will lend an ear with the gift of time.
Finally, get back to the basics, READ books, articles, and news that provide you a source of inspiration, strength, and comfort. And when your day is done, do what Ben Franklin did daily, by asking yourself just one question; “What good have I done today?” And then WRITE it down. That’s all there is to it. Life isn’t that complicated, it’s really quite simple. We only make it that way with our magical magnifying minds. Once you’ve become aware of this simple concept, you’ll feel a sense of RELEASE that will astound you! And last, as you can see, the twenty words highlighted in BLUE CAPITALS are summarized below; “20 Words To Change Your Life!”
Take Charge of your life by beginning something you’ve always wanted to do.
If your goal seems overwhelming, start small.
Your imagination has no boundaries…
‘Dreaming about something is the first step toward achieving it.
Laughter is a direct route to your soul.
It broadens your perspective, keeps you healthy, and makes an unbearable situation easier to deal with.
Set your mind to predict success.
Tell yourself you WILL succeed at whatever you’re doing at the moment.
Allow yourself to grow by exposing your vulnerability and insecurity.
Don’t live strictly inside your comfort zone —
Don’t always play it safe.
We can always find something “that needs to be done” and we forget how to have fun.
Make a conscious effort to take time off —
You’ll feel refreshed and able to think more clearly afterwards.
By being paralyzed by indecision is worse than making the wrong decision.
You can’t grow if you don’t trust your inner voice.
Try listening carefully to the other person’s point of view FIRST,
without being preoccupied or distracted.
You’ll really hear what is being said
and the other person is more likely to pay attention to your views.
Creativity maintains the balance in our lives.
The more we use our creativity, the more it develops.
Relationships are what pull us through the hard times,
and make the good times meaningful.
Take the time to nurture the connections that uplift you.
Humans need touch to survive and thrive.
Don’t forget to hug your loved ones.
Pat your friends on the back, literally and figuratively.
Forgiveness is life-changing because it puts you in charge.
You become empowered.
Prayer is asking God to transform the situation and become the heart of your life.
Take time each day to nurture this connection.
Hope is the knowledge that even in the worst of times
We can triumph over hardship and sorrow and grow in spirit.
Hope is what sustains humanity.
We can’t always choose our circumstances, but we can choose our attitudes towards them.
Admire the good in yourself and in those around you.
Happiness involves giving freely to others and not necessarily wanting something in return.
Reading removes boundaries.
Words are freedom. Words are power.
Avoid doing something just because everyone said you should.
Give yourself permission to relax.
In closing with this latest playful installment of Ramblings, let’s always remember this; a poem about the “Clock of Life” by Robert Smith:
“The clock of life is wound but once,
And no man has the power
To tell just when the hands will stop
At late or early hour.
To lose one’s wealth is sad indeed,
To lose one’s health is more,
To lose one’s soul is such a loss
That no man can restore.
The present only is our own,
So Live, Love, toil with a will –
Place no faith in ‘Tomorrow’ –
For the clock may then be still.”OH, and don’t forget this!!!