See everything with new eyes - the mystics having been saying this for ages. It can be a hard thing to do but it can also be worth trying. Try looking at something that is very familiar to you and see if you can see it anew. Just look and try to silence the dialogue in your head. Note the textures, the lines, the colors. It can be amazing what new eyes will be able to observe!
I have used this cartoon once before yet the message is worth repeating. I don’t think that anyone understands this quote better than new parents. Infants are a load of work but parents so love their baby’s that they don’t seem to mind as much as you might think. This is true of adults as well. No one is perfect and we understand that – we accept others that we love with all their faults and foibles. And hopefully, we apply that standard to ourselves as well.
This is a choice that we all have each morning – to let events that I have no control over run my life, or, to decide that I will be happy no matter what happens today. So, why not be happy today? Why let others decide how YOU are going to be? The result may actually irritate some people that you come in contact with, but, hey - that is their problem – not yours.
We live in moments, don’t we? Life is filled with moments and they can often slip by, unnoticed, and nothing – nothing can bring one back. So live your life in the fullness of being aware. Bring your attention to these moments and live life to its fullness. We have been taught this many times and in many ways – every tradition has been telling us this truth. Jesus said over two thousand years ago, “So do not start worrying: Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?” This was his way of saying, live in the present moment – don’t miss it! All the wealth in the world can not bring it back – and you need NO wealth to live in the here and now!
I don’t think that anyone seeks out suffering but as anyone who has lived for any length of time knows, some form of suffering and struggle will find them. This will do one of two things – it will destroy them or make them stronger. Almost every wise person who has ever lived understand this – that people, while not seeking out pain and suffering, will grow from it. It will ‘refine’ a person, much like a fire refines metal. This is what Eliszbeth Kubler-Ross is talking about – the human ability to grow wise and strong through suffering.
Success, when you think about it, is just not worth that much if you are not a person of value as well. Everyone talks of being a success and we read a lot about the ‘successful’ people in society, but of value we hear relatively little. This world doesn’t need more successful people but it does need more people of value - people who do the right thing. This wonderful quote is from a good friend, Rebecca Galeota – a woman of success AND value.