How do you choose to live?

You are only destined to become one person – the person you decide to be. Do good and feel good. Do bad and feel bad. It’s that simple. You are what you do today, not what you say you’ll do tomorrow. We all make choices, but in the end our choices make us. Ultimately, it’s not what you do every once in a while; it’s what you dedicate yourself to on a regular basis that makes the difference. Stay true to yourself. Never be ashamed of doing what feels right. Decide what you think is right and stick to it. If you don’t stand for anything, you will remain forever on your knees. No amount of money will make you happy if you aren’t happy with yourself. You know you have made the right decision when there is peace in your heart. Don’t worry if your goals seem crazy to other people; oftentimes the crazy ideas are the ones that have the greatest impact. If you’re thinking like everyone else, then you aren’t thinking. (Read Thinking, Fast and Slow.) Control your own destiny or someone else will try for you. Sometimes standing up to your friends can be just as difficult as standing up to your enemies. The unhappiest people in this world are the people who care the most about what everyone else thinks. When people undermine your dreams, predict your doom, or criticize you, remember, they’re telling you their story, not yours. There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. No one in the world was ever you before, with your particular gifts and abilities and possibilities. Your greatest task isn’t to find love, but to discover and destroy all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it. A loving, happy person lives in a loving, happy world. A hateful, miserable person lives in a hateful, miserable world. The world around you reflects YOU. Worry gives small things a big shadow. Focus your conscious mind on things you desire not things you fear. Doing so brings dreams to life. It’s not the mistakes and failures you have to worry about, it’s the opportunities you miss when you don’t even try that hurt the most. It is better to offer no excuse than a bad one over and over again. To get something you’ve never had, you must do something you’ve never done. The harder thing to do and the right thing to do are usually the same thing. Our problems are really our blessings if we use them to grow stronger. Anyone can run away; it’s super easy. Facing problems and working through them, that’s what makes you strong. When you have two good options, always go with the one that scares you the most, because that’s the one that’s going to help you grow. Courage is being scared to death, and then taking the next step anyway. Sometimes our greatest insight comes from our failure, not from our accomplishments. You need to screw up to learn. You need to experience it all to create greatness. Just because you don’t understand something now doesn’t mean the explanation doesn’t exist. Not knowing everything about your future is a good thing. Don’t worry about what you can’t control and you may liberate yourself. People of average ability often achieve outstanding success because they don’t know when to quit. Most people succeed simply because they are determined to. Temporary happiness isn’t worth long-term pain. Patience can be bitter, but the seeds you plant now will bear sweet fruit. The less you expect, the more pleasant life gets. The more you are in a state of gratitude, the more you will attract things to be grateful for. The things you take for granted, someone else is praying for. It usually isn’t what you have or where you are or what you’re doing that makes you happy. It’s how you think about it all. Do not dwell so much on creating your perfect life that you forget to live. You are not in competition with anybody except yourself; plan to outdo your past not other people. To admit that you were wrong is to declare that you are wiser now than you were before. Humans see what they want to see. If you spend too much time judging yourself, you won’t have any time to love yourself or anyone else. At the end of the day, you can either focus on what’s tearing you apart or what’s holding you together. Look through the front wind shield and not the rear view mirror. You don’t get to choose how you are going to die, or when. But you can choose how you are going to live, right now. Be done with regrets; they are an excuse for people who have failed. You still have a chance.
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Love

Breathe into your heart – breathe out from your heart – May we not waste a moment withholding love. -Max Strom13177631_1070672786339502_6625249621432953185_n

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A grateful return to blogging

Hi,

It’s been a long time since I have posted any blogs, thoughts or encouragement.  I wanted to return in a place where peace prevails.   To share my thoughts and feelings of encouragement with anyone wishing to come along for the journey.

Good to be back.

~T~meditation-secrets-for-life

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Trust the Unknown

Look! See how much you’ve changed. See the difference in your perspective. Remember all those years you were so fearful, trying to peek ahead, trying to see what the future held. Remember how upset you got, how uncertain and abandoned you felt because you didn’t know the plan. Now life
has taken you to a new place, a new place for you but a place that is
ancient. All along, you were not suppose to be getting the answers
about what the future held. You were supposed to be learning the
magical way of trust and inner guidance, learning to feel your way
through, trusting and committing to your vision, your energy, your
purpose, your place, each day and moment along the way. You were
supposed to be learning to allow the universe to magically unfold and
trust that it would. You have been learning this lesson. You have been
learning it well.See how you delight in life’s magic now, the
surprises, the not knowing, the absolute trust in the universe to bring
you your answers, manifest your visions, and help you when you can’t
quite see. See how much you cherish your relationship to the universe,
a relationship so much broader and more encompassing, so much more
vital than you could ever before imagine. See how joyfully you walk
your path, enjoying all the sights, opening your heart to loved ones
and strangers. See how benevolent it really is when you are not
able to see ahead. Not knowing has taught you about life’s magic. It
has connected you to yourself and to the universe. It has connected you
to God. Not knowing has taught you to know more than you could ever imagine.

~Unknown Author

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Where Is The Love???

I see so much going on in the world around us…so much unrest…so much hate and anger…sometimes it starts to get me down…like today my heart feels heavy with this burden on our world…what are the answers…why won’t people see…why is greed and power so much more important to Governments, Presidents, Local Officials than human life and human love…I JUST DON’t GET PEOPLE…I know not everyone feels this way but why do the ones who are peaceful or just wanting a better life for their families held hostage, killed, tortured for just wanting a better life when those people in charge keep taking, hurting and making choices which effect not just themselves but whole countries…Trust ME this will not keep me down and I still believe Good will win out in the end but at what cost??? This is just the tip of the iceberg of the feelings I am feeling today…I just felt the need to share and vent my frustrations for this moment…and maybe cry a bit for the people who have lost soooooo much…My prayers are with the world in crisis…My loving energy will always be used to empower people…Men, Women, and Children…especially the children for they have no voice…they just trust…I don’t want them to learn to hate, to be sad, to wonder where their Mom’s and Dad’s are…to learn to not want to live at such an age where they should be playing, learning, growing in a loving, SAFE, environment………

Written by, Terri Schumacher

02/27/11

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My Contribution to Love Day…This is how I feel about today in this moment in time…Enjoy <3

I will love you no matter what. I will love you if you are stupid, if you slip and fall on your face, if you do the wrong thing, if you make mistakes, if you behave like a human being – I will love you no matter.

–Leo Buscaglia

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were just one person in our lives who loved us no matter what our faults? And wouldn’t it be equally nice if we, too, could love just one person in the same way?

Love is not an easy emotion for us to feel. In the past we may have associated feelings of love with negative feelings such as pain, hurt, rejection, or disappointment. But we can put the negative feelings aside and learn how to feel love as a positive emotion.

Love does not necessarily mean sexual attraction or commitment. Love can simply be seeing someone for who he or she is, whether that person is a friend, coworker, boss, family member, or lover. To show love, we can keep our actions simple – by making a phone call, writing a letter, or sharing a hug. Let’s show someone we care.

Today’s thought from Hazelden

 

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Love is

Love is….. the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves, without any insistence that they satisfy you.

— Wayne Dyer ♥

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