This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. – George Bernard Shaw
What is a ‘mighty’ purpose that drives you? This doesn’t mean that it was be one that has world-wide reach or is earth shattering. It just means a purpose that’s very meaningful to you. Whether it’s raising a future citizen of the world or feeding the homeless.
There’s immense power in emerging out of our selfish shell, to look around us, notice our place in creation and make our own positive impact on something or someone! We benefit as does the collective, in untold ways.
Let’s all become more aware, and act!
Recommendation: Einstein on Cosmic Religion and Other Opinions and Aphorisms
Ours is a world where people don’t know what they want and are willing to go through hell to get it. – Don Marquis
Do we ever pause to consider what it is we’re doing and to what end?
Pause to consider…
Recommendation: Know Your Purpose Through Meditation
Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too. – Lawrence Bixby
It’s all in our intention and expectations. If we choose to win, choose to overcome any hurdle, expect to triumph, then our chances of doing just that have suddenly quintupled!
- How do you use your mind?
- How do you use your heart?
You have a choice, don’t let circumstances dictate your divine right!
Recommendation: Living the Science of Mind
It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. – Sally Kempton
We have an internal saboteur, a gremlin, who keeps rearing its ugly head, several times a day, sometimes all day.
Once we can recognize that naysayer inside us, the very act of becoming aware of it, diminishes its power over us.
With practice we can let our real self, our strong, powerful, positive self, emerge. The fear subsides and the path becomes clearer by the day.
The first step must be to recognize this negative voice inside us…
Recommendation: Awakened Heart: Two Guided Meditations
There are many who are living far below their possibilities because they are continually handing over their individualities to others. Do you want to be a power in the world? Then be yourself. Be true to the highest within your soul and then allow yourself to be governed by no customs or conventionalities or arbitrary man-made rules that are not founded on principle. – Ralph Waldo Trine
Why does outside opinion matter so much to us? Can you believe that the claim oft made by the great religious luminaries God is in your heart, is true? And that if you listen, listen real closely and with deep awareness, guidance is made available to you?
Recommendation: In Tune With the Infinite
Your happiness grows in direct proportion to your acceptance and in inverse proportion to your expectations. – Michael J. Fox
Wow isn’t that true?
As we accept life as it is, flow with the river that is time, we experience an equanimity, we experience peace. You can still have ambitions and goals but you don’t tie yourself to the outcome that’s all. You understand that all life and its experiences have a purpose and you try to fathom that purpose.
Top that off with having no expectations of anyone else and your life problems are solved! Doesn’t mean that you don’t tell others what bothers you, but you’re not hurt by what they say or do. How? By understanding their humanness and by knowing that you decide how you react, not they.
Recommendation: Always Looking Up: The Adventures of an Inc…
Being sensitive and responsive to human need creates genuine and lasting happiness, while such kindly attitudes safeguard the soul from the destructive influences of anger, hate, and suspicion. – The Urantia Papers (140:5.16)
Ok, so ‘genuine and lasting’ happiness can only be found when we are aware of and service other people’s needs! Would you agree?
Taking care of ourselves, our needs, finding our own life meaning etc., is all fine and dandy, but according to this quote long term and real happiness is found only in serving others…
Reminds me of an oft quoted phrase: ‘Living for a cause greater than yourself’
What is that cause you were meant to serve?
Recommendation: Way of the Peaceful Warrior