Archive for ‘Inspiration’

August 5, 2017

The path to happiness lies behind Doors 1, 2, 3 and more

Have you ever been floored by some tragic or particularly challenging life event, only to spend your time pining for the way things were before? Here’s a new way to look at your situation, courtesy of the ever-wise Helen Keller:

When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.

There is always more than one positive direction each of our lives can take. If a door to one of those directions closes, it’s OK to spend some time mourning that direction, but then turn and look around you. There are so many other versions of a happy, healthy you just waiting to come to life, if only you give them the attention they deserve. ❤

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March 10, 2016

Proof that one voice really can make a difference . . .

I woke up this morning to find workers cutting down the trees in the yard behind my apartment. When I talked to the workers, I learned that they had been asked to remove all the trees in order to “save” the pavement in a nearby parking lot, which was starting to buckle under the trees’ root systems.

This is, to my mind, a major misplacement of priorities. Something is very wrong when people value paved surfaces like parking lots over living, breathing trees — trees that mark the seasons with their budding and falling leaves; trees that provide hang-outs for birds; trees that offer a tiny shred of natural beauty and a few pearls of peace in our “go-go-go” urban concrete environment.

I wrote a letter to the apartment board, expressing my dismay in their decision to cut down the trees. I described the value the trees brought to me and the neighbourhood by their very presence. I didn’t think my letter would do any good — the trees were being cut down as I typed the words and pressed send.

A few hours later, I received a call from my landlord. He said that the apartment board had taken my letter to heart and were going to stop cutting the trees down.

So half the trees in my back yard will live.

All because one person (me) wrote one letter defending something they believed in, and one group of people (the apartment board) was open enough to listen (and for that, I want to thank them).

Heartening proof that one voice really can make a difference. . . . 🌱

November 11, 2015

The right track means no backwards glances

Thought of the moment, source unknown:

You know you’re on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back.

Let the past be. Stop trying to be the person you once were.

Live like the person you are today, with joy, confidence and enthusiasm for what lies ahead. ❤

October 25, 2015

Sometimes you just gotta go through it

Are you facing a fear or uncertainty that’s stalled your progress in a particular direction? Remember this verse from an old children’s song:

Can’t go over it. Can’t go under it. Can’t go around it. Have to go through it!

Whether you’re encountering long grass and oozy mud on a make-believe “bear hunt,” or confronting obstacles (real or perceived) in day-to-day life, sometimes the only way forward is through!

April 13, 2015

Live in the sunlight

Thought of the moment, courtesy of American daredevil Evel Knievel:

I decided to fly through the air and live in the sunlight and enjoy life as much as I could.

I good motto for any life, I’d say.

March 27, 2015

The genie in the lamp is . . .

In this life, there is a genie in the lamp: YOU.

Make your own magic.

❤

December 31, 2014

A wish for a well-lit new year

As the new year approaches, many of us will take stock of where we’ve been and where we’re going. This is a time to allow old, outdated parts of ourselves ebb away, and to create space for new parts to gather strength and issue forth.

I like the description of this process written by Laura Resau in her story “Bees Born of Tears” (published in the anthology Mexico, A Love Story, edited by Camille Cusumano):

I imagine each of us with our own cave of candles, parts of ourselves burning down to wax ponds, dying, other parts of us just beginning, the candles freshly lit.

Which freshly lit flames will illuminate your journey this coming year? And which barely flickering fires will you honour as they burn out?

Each fresh or fading flame is cause for celebration, linked as it is to the larger cycle of life, death and rebirth within both ourselves and the world around us.

This new year, honour all the candles in your life — the new and the old, the strong and the weak, those lit by your hand and those lit by circumstance, those long burned out and those still to come.

Best wishes for a bright 2015.

October 13, 2014

Life is like a camera . . .

Anonymous and random thought for the moment:

Life is like a camera . . .
focus on what’s important,
capture the good times,
develop from the negatives,
and, if things don’t work out,
take another shot.

July 26, 2014

Pave the way for new beginnings

It’s a new moon tonight, a perfect time to reflect on old goals, set new ones, and open yourself to new beginnings and all the possibilities that go along with them.

The new moon also brings a calmness to your psyche, allowing you to breathe deeply, truly relax, and observe your emotions and motivations from a detached perspective.

Take advantage of the energy that the new moon brings to look within yourself and set a new course for the coming month — or reaffirm a positive course that you are already on!

A word on new beginnings, from English novelist Arnold Bennett:

The chief beauty about time is that you cannot waste it in advance.
The next year, the next day, the next hour are lying ready for you, as perfect, as unspoiled, as if you had never wasted or misapplied a single moment in all your life.
You can turn over a new leaf every hour if you choose. 

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July 17, 2014

Give fear and doubt the busy signal

Quote of the moment, courtesy of Edith Armstrong (and my mother!):

I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then, whenever doubts, anxiety or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal — and soon they’ll forget my number.

Our attitude to life and what it brings our way really does depend on which thoughts we choose to broadcast over our internal sound systems. We can turn some thoughts way up and others down to zero. Choose your sound track wisely, for the music of your mind has wide-reaching impact on many areas of your life.