Doing what you love is the cornerstone of having abundance in your life.
Over the last few days I have suggested that it is never too late to start finding more enjoyment in life. Please don’t be like those who will wait until tomorrow only to find when there is no more tomorrows there is no way to hold up the coffin lid and holler that you haven’t started to enjoy your life yet.
I have some regrets and most of them are because I did not start my current life until half of it was gone. I was wrong about so many things. I knew that I did not like fish and when I ate some I loved it. I knew I had to focus on myself to be rewarded until I realized how much reward there is in appreciating others success. I knew I did not have time to do much for others because I was so busy doing so much for myself until I started to reap the rewards that come from working with good people doing what they can for others. Thankfully I learned early enough allowing me decades of fun and fulfillment.
I received an article written by Marc Chernoff entitled Conversations You Need To Have With Yourself that I like. I have included some of his thoughts below. You may benefit from his advice.
What you love.
When it comes to lifelong labors and dreams, lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only way to work and live.
Invest your thoughts and time in the things you love. Don’t wait around for too long to get involved in something that moves you. Realize how important it is to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, explore it. Get up and go after it. Embrace it, hug it, love it, and above all, let your passion flow freely.
The most important decision you will ever make is what you do with the limited time that has been given to you. Before you know it you’ll be asking, “How did it get so late so soon?” So put your thoughts and time to good use, and let yourself be drawn to the strange pull of what you love – doing so will not lead you astray. Live your life so that when you’re old, you never have to let the person you became fantasize about the person you were capable of being.
Your own inner truth.
Why worry about what others think of you? Should you have more confidence in their opinions than you do your own?
When you choose to stay true to YOU, some people might refuse to accept you for who you are. Forget them. Rather than being fake and incurring the pain and confusion of trying to be someone you’re not, choose to stand strong, even at the risk of incurring ridicule. When you are comfortable in your skin, not everyone in this world will like you, and that’s perfectly OK.
The immediate reality of your own happiness.
Right now, you have more than enough to be happy. Right now, you have the full capacity to find something small to celebrate. Right now, you have a choice to make.
Don’t make the mistake of waiting on someone or something to come along and make you happy. True happiness comes from within, when you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions, and when you choose to focus on what you have, not what you haven’t.
One of the great secrets to happiness is to pay more attention to the beginnings than the endings. So many people say they want a new life, but then they take the new one they get every morning for granted. Don’t do this. Don’t wait until your life is almost over to realize how great it has been. A great life begins right now, when you stop wanting a better one.
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.”
She said that now that they are retired, my mother and father are discussing all aspects of their future.
"What will you do if I die before you do?" Dad asked Mom. After some thought, she said that she'd probably look for a house-sharing situation with three other single or widowed women who might be a little younger than herself, since she is so active for her age.
Then Mom asked Dad, "What will you do if I die first?"
He replied, "Probably the same thing."
Vital papers will demonstrate their vitality by moving from where you left them to where you can't find them.
Up at the head table in the cafeteria, one of the nuns had placed a big bowl of bright red, fresh, juicy apples. Beside the bowl, she placed a note which read, "Take only one. Remember, God is watching."
At the other end of the table was a bowl full of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, still warm from the oven. Beside the bowl, a little note scrawled in a child's handwriting which read, "Take all you want. God's watching the apples."
BATHROOM: a room used by the entire family, believed by all (except Mom) to be self-cleaning.
"Thanks for the harmonica you gave me for Christmas," little Joshua said to his uncle the first time he saw him after the holidays. "It's the best Christmas present I ever got."
"That's great," said his uncle. "Do you know how to play it?"
"Oh, I don't play it," the little fellow said. "My mom gives me a dollar a day not to play it during the day and my dad gives me five dollars a week not to play it at night."
"Hope for the best, expect the worst.
Life is a play. We're unrehearsed."
He said: My tennis partner, Peter, is responsible for alumni relations at his high-school alma mater.
Last fall, a member of the Class of 1986 returned the standard alumni questionnaire with this response:
Marital Status - Not good
Wife's Name – Plaintiff
"I'd like two pork chops," said the patron to her butcher, "and make them lean."
"Yes ma'am," said the obliging butcher, standing them on end. "Which way?"
While driving through South Carolina, I kept having to slow down for road repair crews. To keep the workers safe, the highway department posted a series of signs that read, "Let 'em work. Let 'em live."
On one of the signs, an exasperated motorist had added, "Let 'em finish!"
“Beginning today, I will create a new future by creating a new me. No longer will I dwell in a pit of despair, moaning over squandered time and lost opportunity. I can do nothing about the past. My future is immediate. I will grasp it in both hands and carry it with running feet. When I am faced with the choice of doing nothing or doing something, I will always choose to act! I seize this moment. I choose now.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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