Wake up & think positive
But for a few stragglers, all the Christmas decorations should be down and out of sight by now, to officially make room for the new year. What remains of Christmas are the 75% sales that may still be taking place next to the huge array of Valentine products on sale for February 14th 2018. Some Christmas may also still be making an appearance in the thrift stores and not a bad idea to grab one at a huge discount for next Christmas. I expect some of those will be on sale for now and then they will also disappear.
Whatever the case may be, the Christmas season is officially over and the new year is here. The big question is what does it signify for you? What are you going to do with the new year? What are you going to do in the new year to make it a wonderful year? What are you going to do that makes it different and what are you going to accomplish with the gift of time, for each New year is a gift of time. They say that tomorrow is not promised but if you are here now to see the year 2018, then you have been given the gift of a new year and some more opportunities. Not everyone was fortunate enough to receive this gift.
You have to consider yourself fortunate to receive the gift of a new day and a new year. There is the phrase ` `Happy New Year' that you will hear a lot of in the beginning of the year and there is also the word
`Resolution' that you will be hearing even more of and probably longer than the phrase ` Happy New Year'. The phrase should stay with us but it does not. It should be used much longer than it is but it is not. It becomes redundant too quickly in speech and in our minds. You should at the very least try and keep the thought in your mind, Plant the seeds of happiness that could belong to the new year and let them grow.
As for new year resolutions, please do not make them, if you already know that you are going to break them. The new year is a good foundation or a land mark to begin anything new but it is also a continuation of what was. Which side of the coin is it going to be for you?
The simple truth is that nothing changes, unless you make it happen and it is not the new year that makes it happen but you. Personally, I find new year resolutions to be somewhat selfish and self centered and an opportunity for commercial society to take advantage of what is normal, of what I think of as beautiful imperfections or flaws that make us who we are. Why struggle too much each and every year to meet the expectations of someone else or an image imposed by social media.
If it is more about your good health and well being, that is a good kind of selfish and I sincerely wish you all the best. Extend your resolutions to others and you move closer to becoming part of the grander scheme of things. Tell me about a resolution or about resolutions to help others, to touch lives in a magnificent way or to provide a better service to improve the lives others and I am all ears. That would definitely impress me.
Even better than a resolution, make one or more promises that you will keep. Resolutions are more personal and can easily be broken but promises are made to be kept. If you are a person of honor, you keep your word and you do not break your promises. Make a promise to yourself to do something different this year, to make life better for you and for others. Make a promise to yourself to do something special for someone less fortunate than yourself or even more fortunate than you. Make a promise to yourself to do something special for someone close to you.
It does not necessarily have to be a magnificent promise and certainly not a promise that you know you cannot keep. Keep it simple and make it happen.
It could simply be a promise to be appreciative of what you do have and appreciative of the loved ones in your life. It could be a promise to forgive someone or to make a simple phone call. It could be a promise to teach a child more virtues and less virtual reality or to become a mentor, coach or guide. It could be a promise to forgive yourself and get better at who you are and what you do. It could be a promise not to hide who you are and to shine as the universe intended you to shine. If you work in a service environment, it could be a promise to really help someone resolve their problems or issues rather than just be a corporate tool.
There are an abundance of things that you can do to make it a Happy Year for yourself and for others but also remember that you cannot please everyone. You do not have to. There are an abundant number of choices that you will have to make and not necessarily all of them will be the right ones. No one makes all the right choices all the time and not everything always goes according to plan but good intentions are always a great foundation. If your intentions are good and positive, they lead to the right choices, they will create a good year for you and ultimately take you to a good destination.
Wake up to a new day and make it a happy one. Wake up to the young new year and grow with it. Grow healthy, grow happiness, grow prosperity, touch lives in a positive manner and be the best that you can be. No one can ask more of you but to try and to be your best. Happy New Year.
Jason.U @ MondayMorningPositivity
" Your instincts are God's gift to you to guide you on the journey that is your life." NosaJ
We are gifted in many ways although we are not always aware of all the gifts that have been granted to us because some of them are unseen and or because we are simply not aware of them It is like a gift being sent to you but not received or received but not unwrapped. Always remember to unwrap your gifts as received or when received,if they are received for what you think may be nothing could be something very important to your survival or thriving in life.
We are all gifted with instincts. They are the voice of God within us or the universe guiding or warning us about certain things, people and or places. There are things that you might have done, but did not do because your instincts dictated otherwise and there are some things that you might not have wanted to do but did do because your instincts guided you to do so, for the better of self and or for others.
There are people that you might meet in life but your instincts tell you to cross the road to avoid and there are some people that you meet and your instincts tell you to get to know them better. That is how good friendships and good relationships are made and remain. Your instincts also tell you when your relationships are good or working well and or something is wrong with your relationships. We always want things to be okay and so sometimes we pretend that some things are okay, even when our instincts tell us otherwise. If you listen carefully to your instincts you get to know the difference between what is true and what is not, who is true to you and who is not.
Instincts, mind and body are all blessings and they are of course connected. Instinct to mind, mind to body. Those wonderful goose pimples you might get from time to time or the hair on your hands and other parts of you standing on ends are the signals the body receives, unless of course caused by something else such as immense moments of pleasure or excitement.
These are the things, the gifts that distinguish us from other creations, that are a part of our constitution and being human. Animals have instincts also but not like we do. The animal instinct is what you might call basic instincts. The human instinct is more evolved, exists at a higher level , is an internal guide and can be utilized in a multiple number of ways and on a variety of levels.
Unlike the basic instinct, the human instinct if or when in operational relates or touches upon most human relationships to things, to others and to places. The more that you listen to your instincts, the more you are well guided in life, when it comes to your relationship with people, places and things.
Wake up and listen to your instincts and you will find yourself on the right or a better path. You will find yourself making the right decisions in life and you will find yourself having less regrets in life.
Wake up and follow your instincts. Wake up and let your instincts guide you on to and down the right path.
" Too much worry leaves less room for hope. Too much stress keeps away Joy."
I have been asking myself recently whether worry and stress are one and the same thing or synonymous . Sometimes we already have the answers to the question and my answer to the question is that they are not one and the same. They may be related but they are not one and the same. My curiosity of definition and or explanation of stress led me to the dictionary.
The first definition according to Merriam Webster dictionary is that stress is a constraining force exerted one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against or compresses another body or body part. Self explanatory and not exactly what I was looking for but keep that type of stress in mind anyway and be careful with your body parts.
The second definition was more what I was looking for, which is stated as a physical or emotional factor that causes mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation.; a state resulting from a stress especially one of bodily or mental tension resulting from factors that tend to alter an existing equilibrium, such as job related stress. " You can also add relationship stress as a factor or the umbrella factor, which just about covers all factors, for if no relationship, then no stress.
Merriam Webster definition does not specifically attribute stress to worry or identify worry as a factor. Dictionary .com in its definition or description of stress as a verb without objects uses the phrase to experience stress or worry. There you have a link to worry and stress being Synonymous. They have nearly the same meaning but they are not the same. One can be the cause of the other and or one leads to the other. What they do share in common is that they can generate negativity, which leads back to the Merriam Webster definition as a possible factor in disease causation. I have no doubt about that and I have no doubt about the altered equilibrium.
I am not possessed by negativity because my mind is full of positive thoughts but that does not prevent worry. I worry about a lot of things, but I do not stress about a lot of things and that is why the question originally came to mind. I worry about others more than I worry about myself sometimes. I worry about the world around me and some of the things that are happening but I also realize that there are some things over which I have no control and I certainly do not control the minds of others or their ways.. Worry as much as I may, there are people I cannot change, there are things that I cannot change and certainly events that I cannot change and so I focus on what I can do with the time that is mine.
The worries that do get through the positive shield from time to time or time and time again do have the tendency and some power to alter the existing equilibrium. The worries do not however transform themselves into stress because there is another factor other than positivity at play. It is called logic and also keeping the mind busy or keeping momentum and getting things done.
One simple equation to life or a simple perception of life is ` the past, the present and the future." The past is gone and what is done is done and what is lost is lost, unless of course it can be recovered.. The present is the gift of now and if the worry of the past persists, you may still have the opportunity to resolve it. If not, let it belong to the past. To the future lies the gift of hope and no point stressing about what has not yet happened or is about to happen that is personal to you, because it is yours to mould.
Once upon a time, I may have granted stress access to my mind and my being and opened the door wide open to negativity but not anymore. Access denied. I will still worry about some things and definitely some people, family and my children for sure, but no stress. I intend to keep my equilibrium, I intend to remain positive, to use now to resolve, to nourish my well being and believe in the future.
Try not to worry too much and definitely do not stress too much. Neither do any good and what you might be stressing over probably has a tendency to become redundant anyway. On that note may your troubles be few and your blessings be many or may your blessings be more than your troubles.
" You never know for certain where the loyalties of all others lie but you always know where your loyalties should lie. Where the loyalties of others lie is not as important as yours, for their loyalty does not define you but yours does." NosaJ
We are loyal to some causes or purposes, involuntarily or voluntarily but not necessarily dedicated to them.We are dedicated to some ideas, purposes or causes but we are not necessarily loyal to them. To make sense of that is the example of being loyal to your employer and going to work every day but not necessarily being dedicated to what you do. Fulfillment requires both. To make sense of the other part is the example of being dedicated to the idea of helping others or being with others but not being loyal to the reality of doing so or what it entails.
Success: ` A thought to begin with, an idea, a belief that can only become a reality with your loyalty and dedication to the realization of your goals.'
It is great and admirable to be loyal to any cause, to a person or to a place, but even more important is loyalty to self, to your own cause, your beliefs, to who you, to what you are, how you are, where you want to be and to what you want to accomplish in life. It is noble and admirable to be loyal to others even to a fault but not to stupidity. Loyalty to others requires some sacrifices but not to sacrifice loyalty to self and to the success of your own goals.
It is not wise or admirable to be loyal to your circumstances, unless of course your circumstances are of good nature and how you want them to be. If they are not, that is a contradiction to the loyalty that you should have for your potential, your creativity and success in life.. If your spirit does not feel right about your circumstances as they are, it requires more persistent and consistent loyalty & dedication to your cause and goals. The most successful people in life and those who tend to achieve their goals are the ones loyal to themselves first and then to others. They are certainly persistent and dedicated.
Health:' This is basically about a very personal relationship with ourselves and our bodies'.
There is no escaping time and the aging process but there is such a thing as taking care of yourself and aging gracefully. The aging gracefully requires personal loyalty and dedication to taking care of the temple that is your body. Life imposes on us or we voluntarily accept the responsibility of taking care of others and servicing others, as we were once taken care of and may need be taken care of again in the future, but you owe it to yourself to be loyal and dedicated to taking care of yourself, your body and your health, while you can. If you cannot take care of yourself or your health fails you due to a lack of loyalty and dedication to your own well being, how can you take care of others anyway?
Financial Well being: `A state of being where you do not have to worry too much about bills, money or an unexpected emergency.'
Money is not everything but it certainly affords you a lot more options and the opportunity to help yourself and to help others accomplish more that requires money to be accomplished or free you from the distractions of how to get the next mortgage or rent payment taken care of.
A simple truth is that you need money to take care of yourself and to provide for others. Another simple truth is that although the purpose of education is to enlighten us and to enrich our minds with knowledge, it is also ultimately to facilitate a job or a profession that makes as much money as possible. It does not always work out that way of course and that is why you need loyalty and dedication to yourself to make it work out. .To interrupt or sacrifice your career, so that another may excel or to provide for family is grand and noble but it is also advisable to remember your loyalty to your own financial well being. There is always more than one way
to get to most destinations, especially financial well being. It does however require your loyalty and dedication.
Emotional Balance: `Oh what battles the heart and mind must have when it comes to personal relationships.'
If you are fortunate enough, your heart will take you to the right destination and person but life as we know it might eventually have your mind asking questions. Our emotions sway us in one direction and our desires sometimes sway us in another. Sometimes they coincide and sometimes they collide. Your loyalty and dedication to your relationship and to love helps you win that battle. In this respect a positive mind and a positive heart is always required. A healthy wallet or financial well being may also help avoid the battle of heart and mind but most of all loyalty and dedication to your heart and the reality rather than the fantasy of love
Intentional and unintentional series of event are the story of all our lives. Of these intentional and unintentional events, you have to ask yourself whether or not the situation that arises from them are as they should be or as you need them to be. Do you remain loyal to yourself or to the situation? If they coincide, then you are in a happy place. If they do not, then loyalty to yourself requires that you make some changes and take a leap of faith towards where you want to be , who you want to be, how you want to be and how you want all your relationships to be. Your happiness depends on it and your loyalty to a better you and a better life. Without loyalty and dedication relationships and things deteriorate or disappear. Think about those passwords you never used for a while or friends who belong to your past but not present.
Loyalty and dedication are characteristic that define who you are or who you become and you do not want anyone, anywhere or any circumstances to defile or distort your own loyalty and you certainly do not want to abandon your loyalty to self. There is no room for pretending for that room creates a vacancy for unhappiness.
Do not forget your loyalty and dedication to the divine and to God either. God does not just exist on Sunday's and the loyalty here is not so much about religion but about your own spiritual growth and relationship with God.
` If you do not have or give yourself some respect, no one else will give you the respect that you deserve. Respect attracts respect." NosaJ
A lack of respect for leadership or a lack of respect by leadership for the people is what can make nations fall. The same can be said of corporations or small companies and organizations. On a more microscopic and personal level to relationships. a lack of respect between partners is one of the factors that can lead to a breakdown of the relationship.
A lack of respect for anyone as a leader means that the leader cannot effectively lead others. Such a lack of respect for the leader affects faith and hope for a better future. It can lead to the questionable character of the leader, the chain of command and the breakdown of effective working relationship in any environment. Dysfuntional presides with a capital D.
If a man has no respect for the woman he is with, the woman no respect for the man, she is with, man with man or woman with woman, they should not be together for such a relationship is already on the way to departure. Respect belongs to love but can stand alone without love in any relationship but faith in the relationship requires some respect to sustain the relationship. The respect on this level also needs to be mutual.
The Parent child relationship is also based on some respect and survives most relationships until maybe the children grow up and becomes more independent and of course of their own mind. A child respects the parent not necessarily because the parent is the parent but probably more because of the way a parent is or the way of parenting.
Respect is not equivalent to fear or about beating it into a child. It is about earning it, teaching it and keeping it. It may require a raised voice from time to time or even an appropriate and corrective spanking but never a beating. In the earlier stages a child may be afraid of the parent(s) as the alphas anyway but such fear does go away eventually and better to go to respect and love, than anywhere or anything else.
Sometimes we think that our children are going to remain the same age forever when they are young or maybe we forget to remind ourselves that they will grow up. They grow up to be as tall as us. They may even hopefully grow up to be better and greater than us but if we fail to teach them the lesson of respect, the better and greater never happens. They are a reflection of us and we tend to leave a much larger imprint than we imagine, which has nothing to do with genetics but so much do do with nurturing.
And so respect is not just about parents or adults respecting self and each other but respecting everyone including the young and children. Age entitles no one to disrespect anyone else and neither does experience.
If you learn to respect yourself, your children while they grow up and others around you, there is sure to be more harmony and less discord to your own world and life. If harmony is continuously disrupted by arguments between parents, between parents and child, so it continues into adult hood and affects love also. If harmony is continuously disrupted between co-workers, there lies a more negative work environment instead of a more positive environment. It is a s you make it or contribute to it.
Wake up with some respect for the person lying next to you, if there is anyone lying next to you. They are one of the most important people in your life. Wake up with some respect for the person lying in you- you. Wake up with some respect for the people and things around you as well as your environment.
Respect is an attribute of all that is positive and the amount of respect that you have fuels your own positivity and how you feel.
Jason.U @ MondayMorningPositivity.com
" There is pride that comes before a fall and there is
pride that is positive and necessary for a healthy
state of mind." NosaJ
The pride that comes before a fall is a pride that belongs to arrogance. It is the kind of pride that belongs to the thought and or feeling of being better than anyone or everyone else. It is the kind of pride that belongs to feeling high and mighty, too good to be with someone else of a particularly different nature, to be somewhere below self or too good to do some things that others would do without second thought. It also belongs to not being able to ask for help, when you know that you do need some help.
" If you do not know how to swim and for the sake of pride you refuse the help of a good swimmer, you drown."
The pride that is positive and necessary for a healthy state of mind is that which is associated with joy and fulfillment of accomplishing things that need to be accomplished, of helping others and helping yourself become a better person. It is pride that is more associated with confidence rather than arrogance and more associated with the achievements of self and others rather than the thought of being better than others.
You cannot fall by taking pride in others but you can actually fall if you do not sometimes take pride in others. You can fall in your relationship, if you do not take pride in your partner, who they are, how they are and or what they do. You might have more pride in them, if they were more than they are but you have to have some pride in who they are now. They may not make as much money as you do or be where you want them to be in life but you must have some pride in them and the journey that you share. Tomorrow they may ascend but you do not wait for tomorrow to appreciate them or to have the pride of now.
You cannot fall by taking pride in your child or children, if you have any. They are usually the pride and joy of many an adult anyway, to a greater degree than a partner, but expectations of them can also affect such positive pride. Imagine the encouragement a child must feel, when a parent says ` I am proud of you son' ` I am proud of you daugter.' or `I am proud to be your parent.' Imagine also how a child would feel if told ` you are such a disappointment.'
You cannot fail or fall by taking pride in what you do in life or for a living, unless of course you are pushed out or pushed down. That is where trying your best is not good enough but you take some pride in knowing that you did your best. That is where you get up with some pride, rather than resentment and keep on doing your best.
Sometimes you have to remind yourself to be proud of who you are, whom you are with in life, where you are in life, what you have accomplished and the knowledge that you are not done yet. Everyone accomplishes something. You deserve the feeling of pleasure, of joy, of delights, gratification, fulfillment, satisfaction and sense of achievement in every capacity that is you.
Yes there are some disappointments to life. Yes, there will be some more disappointing moments to life, but then what would satisfaction mean or be without also knowing some disappointment? What would success be like, without knowing some struggles or the journey to get there?
Wake up with some pride and be proud that you have been given the opportunity of another day to achieve something more and witness others accomplish more.
If we keep on thinking or doing the same things, the same way, then we usually get the same results. Sometimes there is a need to change the way that we do think or do things in order to get better results. Sometimes we need to change things or do some things differently simply to feel different or better. Sometimes we need to do things differently to explore our options or escape monotony. Sometimes we need to try a different way to see where it takes us and sometimes we have to try doing things a different way because there is more than one way and we have free will.
I woke up this morning thinking about butterflies for some reason. Maybe it was because of their beauty, their fragile beautiful wings and how they flutter them. Maybe it was because of their life cycle and their simplicity and that we all have a life cycle to honor. Maybe it was because butterflies are gentle, beautiful and never harm anyone. Maybe it was because they are never at war with themselves or others, have no hate, no anger and fly through life without discrimination.
Maybe it was a reminder that life is short and requires as much beauty to it as possible. Most of all it was a reminder that we as a people have the free will to wake up in the morning and select our own destination. And so I thought of the butterfly and leave you with this piece called :
The Positive Butterfly
The caterpillar usually becomes a butterfly and once it becomes the butterfly
It can never become the caterpillar again.
The butterfly has no choice but to be a butterfly. The butterfly has but a short time to live .
Without complaint it simply flutters its wings anyway and flies around until its designated time.
In some ways we are like butterflies. We are a part of the universe and supposed
to add some beauty to life. We also have our own life cycle,
subject to time and age and to each our own end.
Unlike the caterpillar we have the gift of free will and a choice as to what we become.
Unlike the butterfly we have the choice of many destinations but there is
also the tendency to become something else, to become less than majestic,
less than the extra ordinary or phenomenal that was originally prescribed
or intended and to fly to an unworthy destination or one
that does not nourish the soul or truly compliment the true essence of who you are.
Be a positive butterfly, spread your wing, become the more majestic and
Find that destination that is you and that nourishes your metamorphosis. .
Be a positive butterfly and add some beauty to life, to your life and the life of others
You are no longer a caterpillar. You are like a beautiful butterfly with your own mind and
of free will to choose your own direction.
You have the choice to change your wings or the color of your wings.
Your metamorphosis is yours to control and you can have a positive effect
on the metamorphosis of others looking to you or at you as you
flutter your wings to wherever you want to be.
"Every day is not Christmas but every day is Father's Day. "
There are events and people in our lives that we do not celebrate as much as we should or but on a particular day to the year. In some respects it makes that day special and some days like Christmas, Easter and birthday's are unique to their days of celebration. They are meant to be celebrated once every calendar year.
Events like mother's day and father's day celebrations are of course very special and have the same intent but these celebrations can be extended to other days of the year. You cannot celebrate Christmas everyday or celebrate your birthday everyday but you can celebrate mother or father on more than one day of the year. They deserve to be celebrated and such celebrations can also have a much wider and positive impact on family and life..
What is Fathers day? Why is there a Father's day. Father's day is father's day. In its most basic form it appears self explanatory and it is to honor fatherhood but like many other celebrated days or events that have become a part of our culture, we are unaware of the how, the why or the original meaning. In some cases the why or the origin becomes irrelevant but the celebration remains and will prevail from generation to generation because it has become a custom. Fatherhood is never irrelevant and that is what makes a good father an important part of any life, as it does a good mother. If you are a good father, that is an accomplishment that no one can ever take away from you. It is a part of who you are and something to wake up to in the morning and smile about.
Father's day is a day of celebration to honor fathers, celebrate fatherhood, the parental bond between father and children and also the influence and impact fathers have on a societal level. Although we call it father's day, it is actually much more than that, as is mother's day. It has been named Father's day and yes the primary celebrant is `dad" but It is much more than just Father's day. It is so because it is about life, it is about parenting, about sacrifices that have been made, it is about mistakes to look back at and laugh, it is about family. It is about now and it is about the future. For all you know you may be the ancestor of a future president or someone who changes the world for the better.
It is more about life, about family life and parenting than about commerce. It is about the honor of being a father and not about spending money. A father does that almost every other day and yes he deserves to have some money spent on him on father's day, but where do you think the money is coming from, if the children have not yet become bread winners themselves? From mom, of course or maybe even the dad. I can assure you there are some children out there that said ` Dad can you lend me some money to get you a gift' and dad probably honored the request.
To father's day the greatest meaning is love for it is the love that lies in a father's heart and mind that drives the desire to be a great parent and to make the sacrifices that are made. In return it is also love that is the greatest gift. There is no gift on line, no gift advertised on the radio and no gift in the stores that can have more value than the gift of love, of quality time spent together and the sound of laughter.
Being a father is not an entitlement it is a privilege and an honor. It is a privilege and an honor because not everyone can have children and not every male who has a child or children becomes a parents, for one reason or another. It is a great responsibility. It is a journey and it can be a struggle but also an adventure. It is a joint venture, because without mom, there would be no child or children and without a child or children, there would be no Father's day to celebrate.
If you are a father also lovingly called `Dad', then know that you have some meaning to life and to others. You have meaning, you have some purpose and you have some direction to your life. In spite of all the craziness around you and sometimes the doubt inside you have joy to look forward to each day and You have something to be proud about. The same applies to a mother also lovingly called `mom' and also thanks to you for making it a Happy Father's day but not just on this day. Together you should make many Happy Father's Days, many Happy Mother's days and many Happy Parent's days.
` I am loved and I know it but even if I was not loved, I have to love myself and what I do to live with myself and also be able to love life and others properly."
Love is an infinite subject. It is a beautiful and fascinating subject. It is a beautiful feeling and a beautiful story. If love is a part of your life and it is a part of most lives, then your life has been, is or will be a beautiful story to tell. Love of course does not stand alone. Although love can be the main plot to your life story, especially if you make it so, It is not the only chapter to life and no life story is just about love. Even the best love stories have some twists and turns to them. That is life.
Today is about love. There are moments and relationships to all our lives that are supposed to bring us nothing but joy but somehow, we allow these moments and relationships to transform themselves into something else like stress, pressure, anger, resentment and or antagonism. To each day there are moments or even a single moment and or a single person to bring you joy but if the transformation occurs or has already occurred, you deny yourself such moments of joy and instead grant access for the negative moments to rule the day.
Each day is neither good nor bad but a blank slate or a blank page to add more content to the story that is your life. What better to add than love? Life is neither good nor bad. Life is life and whether or not it is good or bad is a matter of perception and emotions based on a series of events or a lack of them thereof that depend on you. Your perception and emotions are of course affected by the actions of others but the percentage that belongs to the others is negligible compared to the percentage that belongs to you. You are of your own body, your own mind and your own soul and the portions of your love, your emotional turbulence or emotional tribulations are yours to manage.
Love is like a ship to help you sail through life more smoothly. Love is also like an anchor in life for the turbulent moments to life. You are your own anchor man or woman but you also have others and things in life to help anchor your ship from time to time or time and time again. Life is just more than existing or being alive. It becomes about feeling alive, having purpose, being on an exciting journey to wherever the sea of life takes you. Nothing better to have on board with you than love.
Life requires us all to be something or to do something as we all sail through its infinite waters to known or unknown horizons. It does not take much time to be the something but it can take longer to find the something to do that is truly you. To be the something is the assigned from being a child, to teenage, to adult, to being a couple or grown ups and then a parent. At each stage of being, the search for the to do continues until it is found and if or when that happens the being and the doing merge.
If you can love who you are at any point in time or of being you, you find peace and joy along the way. If you can learn to love where you are now and what you do now, even if it is not your happy destination or ending, you will find the clear mind to sail to the happy destination that you want to get to. If you allow yourself to be overwhelmed by any negative storms and fail to use your anchors as provided by life, you will find yourself cast into a negative loop or to a place that becomes extremely difficult to sail away from.
Keep your ship sailing with some love. Do what you do with love. Wake up to love who you are and let that feeling ripple through the day to touch others in a positive way. If you are already where you want to be, say thanks to the universe. If you are not there yet, keep on sailing to your destination with lots of love.
" We are all more than the sum of our parts, especially our memories for there are more to come but without a doubt they are a great sum of our parts." NosaJ
Today is memorial day. Have you ever stopped to ask yourself what memorial day is? It is about remembering the fallen. It is about honor and sacrifice and about those who lost their lives for others to maintain their way of life, their liberties and freedom. It is about others who are also a sum of all our parts and our story on a much greater scale.
How easily we say ` Happy Memorial day' without even knowing its true meaning or what it is all about. Happy Mother's day or happy Father's day flow from the tongue just as easily but they are what they are and there can be no confusion with the association. ` Happy holidays' also flows easily and naturally when the time comes but even that has also lost some of its true meaning over time as has memorial day.
There are two lessons to learn here. The first is that memories are very important. The second is that memories have association and deserve the right association or the memory is but an illusion and or a misdirection. The misdirection to memorial day is that it has but become a holiday or a very long weekend for many and also an opportunity for some to make a profit from the long weekend. What will it become with the next generation or the generation after that, if it keeps on adopting more of the holiday model and less of the true memorial model?
Memorial day has its specific meaning and in other countries it may go by a different name and occur on a different day but the essence of the day is to remember and to honor. Unfortunately memories have a way
of fading, of becoming vague and meaning along the way gets watered down. Dates gets changed as a matter of convenience and meaning also changes.
Memorial day is about the soldiers and the Veterans in our lives and those who are no longer with us. Let us not forget that. Let us not forget those who deserve to be remembered and now I am not just talking about soldiers and veterans. I am talking about everyone who has made some sacrifice to make a difference in your life.
Memorial day is not only about remembering but it also implicitly about being thankful. It is being thankful to those who have fought for you, those who have been on your own battle field with you, those who have been on a distant battle field, those who have stood in the line of fire for you and those who still stand by you.
Remember them all. Remember what memorial day is really about. Don't say happy memorial day just for the sake of saying it. Make your own memorial day but let the memories be true and be thankful for the positive people who have made some difference in your life time.
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