What do you usually think about during your day?
I recently came across a quote from a great spiritual teacher from India. Short and sweet, casually paraphrased he says,
"Life is like sand and sugar. Be like the ant and look for the sugar."
If things are going upside down and sideways in your life, it can be difficult to look for the good. But it's very important.
And even if it's something small, from a coffee pot that works in the morning to a soft pillow that comforts you at night, if you can just pick your head up a little bit, and look for the good, you'll find that it starts to make a difference in your life.
The reason I want you to know this is because this is a universal truth:
What you focus on expands.
So if your head is down and you're absorbed in everything
that isn't going right . . . begin to just lift up and look for the good.
You'll be amazed at the way your life can begin to change.
So again, be like the ant and look for your sugar!
Here's the actual quote:
"Everything on earth is of mixed character
Like a mingling of sand and sugar.
Be like the wise ant
That seizes only the sugar
And leaves the sand untouched."
B A B A J I
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"Oh, she said, but I'm getting so far behind."
There was the self-imposed deadline, several months back, supposed to have been a slam dunk. Preparations for an unforeseen opportunity. Information gleaned, internally filed. Tech changes and glitches that despite best efforts, dragged to a workaround halt.
Hours. Weeks gone by.
Check up, somehow remembered despite not being written down. Surgery. Family.
Then the words:
"Life is like a wild tiger. You can either lie down and let it
Lay its paw on your head –
Or sit on its back and ride it."
R I D E T H E W I L D T I G E R
You're right where you're supposed to be.
Take this one day. Look for the joy.
And Ride It.
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With Warm and Kindest Thoughts,
Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die,
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go,
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
L A N G S T O N H U G H E S
In this Easter, Passover, and Spring Season, wishing you peace of mind, joy, and abundant blessings,
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Resistance. Acceptance. Renewal. How many times do you go through this cycle in your own life?
As winter is followed by spring in the northern hemisphere, challenges in our lives are followed by renewal. Wherever you are or whatever you may be going through, stop for a moment. Take notice of the emergence of life that's taking place all around you.
In the spirit of the season, may you steadily rise above what tethers you. So you can fully express the beauty, productivity, and creativity of your true Self.
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I first heard the phrase, "Ready, fire, aim" in a seminar. It was about taking action and not being stopped by "analysis paralysis."
Often fear can take the guise of over-analyzing and thinking you have to have every exact duck-in-a-row before you can make a decision to move forward.
I recently read an article that emphasized making decisions and choices even if you don't yet have all the facts (as if you possibly could). In the long run, having to alter courses is more productive that remaining stuck and not moving at all.
It's definitely a balancing act, but a good reminder not to let indecision rob your energy, especially when you have momentum and enthusiasm about making changes in your personal or work life.
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We all have our ups and downs in varying degrees.
When (what we describe as) bad things happen, there's a resounding "why?"
While that question may never be answered, times of trial and challenge can bring out the best in us – vulnerability that leads to more emotional openness, compassion, kindness, gentleness, support, unity, and sometimes action that propels change.
When inner landscapes are irrevocably altered by difficult times in your own life or in the world around you, a choice can be made to broaden your capacity for all of the above.
T A K E A W A Y
Can you think of how someone helped you through a difficult time?
Hearing the backstories of some of the 2018 Olympians has been amazingly heartwarming. To be reminded of the "thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" that many have experienced along the way brings a dose of reality to the triumph of the medalist podium.
We all have our day-to-day challenges. Sometimes merely getting out of bed and facing the day requires heroic courage and perseverance.
This Valentine's Day, don't wait for someone else to acknowledge you. What really matters is that you acknowledge yourself.
Remembering to give yourself a symbolic gold medal and bouquet of flowers for what you have and are accomplishing in your life can make all the difference in how you feel about you.
From the heart,
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Like tens of thousands of others, and maybe you, this month I was slammed with the flu. In the spirit of empowering yourself to stay well (or make the best of what is), it brought to mind the following:
Sometimes an enforced time-out chair is good, even if it's not fun.
Don't try to work on anything important when you're feeling lousy;
chances are you'll mess up.
Your world can and will survive without you while you take care of yourself.
Viruses can live on hard surfaces for 48 hours.
They're transported by moisture droplets that come from a sick person through
talking, coughing, sneezing.
Those viruses can travel up to six feet (yikes!).
Wiping down frequently touched items like phones, doorknobs, microwave and refrigerator handles, keyboards, remote controls, etc.
with alcohol wipes or disinfectant can help stop viruses from spreading.
If you don't already know this one, cough into your sleeve, not your hand.
Think about it; you cough into your hand and then touch people, pets, and things, spreading viruses and germs.
Avoid touching public keypads in ATMs, checkout lines and gas stations.
If you have to, make sure you wash your hands immediately.
Note to self: next year, get a flu shot.
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The person who created GM, the gargantuan auto-maker General Motors, was abandoned by his father as a boy and dropped out of high school.
He was ousted by the company he founded twice, and later in life started
his own auto-manufacturing company under his own name.
He unofficially controlled the stock market for several high-flying years and warned the U.S. President of an impending market collapse. Rather than protect his personal interests by pulling out as his peers did, he kept multi-millions in the stock market to try to soften the impact of the impending crash on the American public. At age 80, he was serving hamburgers to customers in his bowling alley restaurant in Flint, Michigan.
Revered in his day, and nearly forgotten in history, he was known throughout his life as being kind, gentle, and a soft-spoken genius supersalesperson.
His story brought to mind the following words I've seen on a sign:
From a human perspective, life isn't going to be perfect. It has its ups and downs. Wine aside (as he was known not to drink in his later years), William C., W.C., or Billy Durant as he was most commonly known, rode his life to the fullest.
Takeaway: Are you "skidding in" and using your own genius,
the gifts you came into this world with? (Yes, you have them.)
Info source: Billy Durant, Creator of General Motors, by Lawrence R. Gustin
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