NEWHORIZONSR4ME has a great blog that has inspired me today! She shared with us some of the quotes on her 'war wall' where she's reminded of things that she's working on. What a great idea, and her quotes resounded with me, and made me think of those things that I've saved over time that speak to me in such a way as to be worth remembering.
I figured I'd share them here with youse guys!
There are moments when one feels free from one's own identification with human limitations and inadequacies. At such moments one imagines that one stands on some spot of a small planet, gazing in amazement at the cold yet profoundly moving beauty of the eternal, the unfathomable; life and death flow into one, and there is neither evolution nor destiny; only Being.
- Albert Einstein
"only Being" I try hard to remember to be. Somehow it seems as if it shouldn't be hard to 'be', you know? But to move outside of yourself, to put yourself into perspective against the world's population, the Earth herself, the universe.. "only Being" can be liberating.
To be enlightened is simply to be absolutely, unconditionally intimate with this moment. No more. No less.
- Scott Morrison
Again, more being. Be present. There will always be something to worry about in the future. There may be things that you always look back on and regret. What does either activity get you? We may never be able to completely give up worry, but harbor it less. Be in the moment. Live the present, drain every drop of experience from it, every bit of life to be had.
"I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn't arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I'm going to be happy in it."
Groucho that is, much funnier than the other one....
I sense a theme here... LOL You are in charge of your emotions. Not that donut on the neighbor's desk. Not the too-loud cubemate whose personal phone calls provide you with FAR too much insight into their personal lives. Not the jerk who cut you off on the highway. Not the super size order of fries from the drive-thru.
It is important to recognize the power of our emotions--and to take responsibility for them by creating a light and positive atmosphere around ourselves. This attitude of joy that we create helps alleviate states of hopelessness, loneliness, and despair. Our relationships with others thus naturally improve, and little by little the whole of society becomes more positive and balanced.
- Tarthang Tulku
"attitude of joy" That is the way I want to live my life. I want to be joyful in my day-to-day experiences, and to share it with those around me. I want to be a positive spot in my interactions with others. When trouble visits, whether invited or unexpected, I will fight to find something to laugh about, joke about, to find something positive to counterbalance the negative.
I don't always succeed. I often don't succeed. I also bury my head like an ostrich to avoid dealing with troubles, struggles, negatives, what-have-you. But I believe more often than not, I am on a positive bent.
Maybe it all is a bit too Pollyanna-ish, but I'm ok with that. I am much happier on the positive side, and foster that within myself. I wasn't always like this - I was a gloomy-gus, a sour puss, down in the dumps and more often depressed than not. I wish it hadn't taken me until age 42 to get my feet under me and learn to live life rather than watch it go by, but it did. I'm making the absolute best of each day that comes my way now.