We are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.
The older I get the more I believe that true happiness in life comes from the quality of the connections we make with others. I often run into folks who want for little from the material world and yet live a lonesome existence because they have isolated themselves emotionally from others. I breakfasted today with one of my heroes, a gal who is super successful because she lets her heart and her honesty surface in everything she does. She truly likes people and it shows in her encounters with everyone she meets. It is not only that she concentrates on what she can do for others but it is her overwhelming capacity see the good in people.
She like all the rest of us has had bad days and felt real pain. She too has experienced disappointment and even unfairness in her dealings but she has not let a few reversals prevent her from always being ready for new friends and new opportunities. I suppose if I asked her she would say “I’ll be damned if I am going to let others take away my zest for life.” I always get the feeling that she starts each day with a shout saying “Get ready world, here I come and let’s make today our best ever”.
Most of the unhappy people I meet have lost the ability to positively connect with others, but they don’t have to loose it forever. Here is some wisdom offered by life strategies coach Steve Brunkhorst that shows some of the ways to win back a life surrounded by caring others.
Enhancing Human Connections
The quality of our connections with others determines, in many ways, our overall success, joy, and satisfaction with life. Enhancing these connections begins with our personal attitude and values.
We first need to remain connected with our values consciously each day. Through a firm connection with our values, we maintain focus on our actions and goals, stay on purpose, overcome temporary defeats, develop self-discipline, and strengthen resolve.
Once we grasp the importance of a connection to our values, we also realize a vital and necessary connection with other people. In this world, we cannot accomplish very much alone. People develop trust and respect for one another when they seek and find common ground, working together for the common well-being of all.
Abraham Maslow spoke of this connection with others when he wrote, "Self-actualizing people have a deep feeling of identification, sympathy, and affection for human beings in general. They feel kinship and connection, as if all people were members of a single family."
We have within us a deeper connection to an even greater power, the power of love. It is a connection realized through a connection with our human family, a connection that can bring about a commitment to peace for all mankind.
Allow this ultimate connection of value to enhance all of your human connections. Ask yourself, "How strongly am I committed to the things I truly value, and how is that connection manifesting itself in my relationships?" May your connections with others remain strong today and throughout the years ahead!
“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”
Bernie had a fight with Rachel, his wife, and went to the movies to cool off. Later that evening, he decided to phone home to see what the situation was and maybe even apologize.
"Hello, darling," he said, "what are you making for dinner?"
"What am I making for dinner? After all the horrible things you said to me earlier, you want to know what I am making for dinner?? Poison, that's what I'm making, poison."
Bernie replies, "Okay then, just make one portion, I'm not coming home."
How can you add one to infinity?
There was a knock at the door. It was a small boy, about five years old. Something of his had found its way into my garage, he said, and he wanted it back. Upon opening the garage door, I noticed two additions: a baseball and a broken window sporting a baseball-sized hole.
"How do you suppose this ball got in here?" I asked the boy.
Taking one look at the ball, one look at the window, and one look at me, the boy exclaimed, "Wow! I must have thrown it right through that hole!"
Learn to disagree without being disagreeable.
Dear Cats and Dogs,
When I say to move, it means go someplace else, not switch positions with each other so there are still two of you in the way.
The dishes with the paw print are yours and contain your food. The other dishes are mine and contain my food. Please note - placing a paw print in the middle of my plate and food does not stake a claim for it becoming your food and dish, nor do I find that aesthetically pleasing in the slightest.
The stairway was not designed by NASCAR and is not a racetrack. Beating me to the bottom is not the object. Tripping me doesn't help, because I fall faster than you can run.
I cannot buy anything larger than a king-sized bed. I am very sorry about this. Do not think I will continue to sleep on the couch to ensure your comfort.
Look at videos of dogs and cats sleeping. They can actually curl up in a ball. It is not necessary to sleep perpendicular to each other stretched out to the fullest extent possible. I also know that sticking tails straight out and having tongues hanging out the other end to maximize space used is nothing but sarcasm.
For the last time, there is not a secret exit from the bathroom. If by some miracle I beat you there and manage to get the door shut, it is not necessary to claw, whine, try to turn the knob or get your paw under the edge and try to pull the door open. I must exit trough the same door I entered. In addition, I have been using bathrooms for years; canine or feline attendance is not mandatory.
The proper order is to kiss me, then go smell the other dog's or cat's behind. I cannot stress this enough. It would be such a simple change for you.
"Dogs come when they're called; cats take a message and get back to you later." Mary Bly
Cat's motto: No matter what you've done wrong, always try to make it look like the dog did it.
I didn't believe in reincarnation the last time, either.
A big-city counterfeiter decided the best place to pass off his phony $18 bills would be in some small hick Texas town. So, he got into his new wheels and off he went.
He found a tiny town with a single store. He entered the store and handed one of the bogus bills to the man behind the counter. "Can you change this for me, please?" he said.
The store clerk looked at the $18 bill a short time, then smiled and told the man, "Ah reckon so, Mister. Ya want 2 nines or 3 sixes?"
If you really want the last word in an argument, try saying, "I guess you're right."
She said: We’ve been letting our six-year-old go to sleep listening to the radio, and I’m beginning to wonder if it’s a good idea. Last night he said his prayers and wound up with: And God bless Mommy and Daddy and Sister. Amen and FM!
I don't have a solution but I really admire the problem.
A strong positive mental attitude will create more miracles than any wonder drug.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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