February 20, 2010
Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours. ~Swedish proverb
Who could argue with that bit of wisdom? It got me thinking: What do I want less of? More of? Here’s my list. Hope you’ll share yours.
Eat less; move more.
Keep less; toss more.
Waste less time; write more.
Fret less; smile more.
Fear less; love more.
Sit less; walk more.
Acquire less; give more.
Look inward less; look outward more.
Work less; play more.
Ignore less; help more.
Complain less; express gratitude more.
What do YOU need less of? More of?
March 8, 2009
Be happy. It’s one way of being wise. ~Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
Thanks to Pat Wagner for this quote and the lovely photo of her bathtub full of catnip that accompanies it on her post card. In times of depression, of course, the exhortation to be happy can be a mockery. But I like the implication that for most of us, most of the time, if we have a few tools and techniques at our disposal, happiness is a choice, and a wise one.
This must be true, if we take into account the many who are in suffering and need much greater than our own, but are still able to maintain this state. Consider this quote: “Don’t be concerned about being disloyal to your pain by being joyous.” ~Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Here are some of the ways I encourage myself to be happy:
go outdoors, especially in the sunshine
pet my cat
learn something new
keep a gratitude journal
share with others in a variety of ways
visit with close friends
keep track of the good things I do for myself each day
make a donation to a cause I believe in
organize and simplify
crochet or knit
What are the ways you practice being happy?
February 9, 2009
Where there is a path it is someone else’s way. ~Joseph Campbell
We need not to be let alone. We need to be really bothered once in a while. How long is it since you were really bothered? About something important, about something real? ~Ray Bradbury
Like most of us I guess, I have followed a lot of worn and recommended paths, made fairly safe choices, and rested in the familiar throughout my life. In recent years, though, I have been bothered by the question concerning what my authentic path is. What is it that’s right for me, that allows me to contribute creatively to the world in a way that no one else can?
It is this exploration that is to be the excitement of my old age, I think. There’s nothing inherently wrong with worn paths, and I have learned a great deal by following them. They save us a lot of time and energy in a way. But I feel the urge now to blaze my own trail, to better understand my gifts and how to share them.
I don’t think this necessarily requires a dramatic change in what I do and how I live; it is more an internal shift in perspective. I expect only gradual changes in the ways I engage in the world, the activities I choose, the invitations I accept or decline, the work I do in retirement, and so on. (But who knows, really?)
And this is not just about creative self-expression (no–I promise–it’s not all about me!), but about generativity. As someone who did not raise children, I want to help future generations in the only way I believe I can–by living my authentic life, by sharing what is uniquely mine to give.
What is your authentic path, your unique contribution to the world? Are you bothered by the question?
August 4, 2008
Many ideas grow better when they are transplanted into another mind than the one where they sprang up. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds you plant. ~Robert Louis Stevenson
The greatest gift we can give people is our work on ourselves, so that we become an environment for them, so that, if they should ever want to come up for air, there’s nothing in us that would keep them stuck. ~Ram Dass
The future enters into us in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens. ~Rainer Maria Rilke
If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it. ~Margaret Fuller
He who finds a thought that enables him to obtain a slightly deeper glimpse into the eternal secrets of nature has been given great grace. ~Albert Einstein
Words do two major things. They provide food for the mind, and create light for understanding and awareness. ~Jim Rohn
These are some of the reasons I have found this blog satisfying and continue to do it. I discover glimpses of truth, I bear witness to personal revelations, and I have hope that sharing my journey will occasionally have meaning for others. Why do you read?