. . . and not a camera.
We project our thoughts and “sense-of-things” onto the World.
Nothing in the world is stressful, or difficult, or complicated or beautiful, elegant or amazing.
As Shakespeare said: “for there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”
We think we see things, but we really just see what we think things are.
Yes, our eyes can sense objects in space and process waves of sound moving through the air, but Michelango’s David or Mozart’s 40th is nothing but what our minds make it to be.
Just as the mess in your child’s room or the sound of your boss’ voice is not a sign of their laziness or how crappy your job is – they just are.
Until you – consciously or otherwise – decide they are “something,” they are no more “anything” than the trillions or other things that just are (but you don’t notice at any given instant).
The point here is that if things are what you make them, what are you making them into?
Are you using your powers of observation and perception for good, or evil?
Does what you make of “things” serve you and those around you, or . . . ?
. . . is to get really, really, really good at answering the question: what’s the best thing I can do now?
When you develop greater awareness to ask the question more often, and especially at key moments, you will make better decisions.
And when you commit to learning and growing you ask that question as a more and more experienced questioner.
When you develop greater awareness and better understanding of the effects of past decisions you will begin to transform your life.
So, what’s the best thing you can do now?
Yielding is sometimes the best way of succeeding. – Anonymous
Sometimes the effort and energy expended in fighting and resisting is best spent accepting and forgiving.
Sometimes it’s best to let the storm pass and learn what you can.
You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give. – Khalil Gibran
Today is Christmas here in the United States and I’d like to remind you what real giving is.
It’s when you are truly present with someone and you give of yourself.
You give time and attention and focus – and love.
It sounds simple, but it’s profound.
Because when you really show up for someone and you truly give, you offer something that no “gift” could ever approach.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will. – Vince Lombardi
That’s where will, and its power, comes from.
When you’re clear on what you want, and why you want it, there’s little-to-nothing that can stop you.