Monday, November 29, 2004

To Thine Own Self Be True

“To thine own self be true.” “Live the life you were meant to live.” “Be the person you were meant to be.” These statements convey a wonderful truth—that when we go inside & trust our intuition, life opens before us. When we ignore our inner leanings, however, trouble arises.
Joe had a love of the outdoors; but like his father, he became addicted to his work. Though he built up a successful law practice, Joe felt creatively stifled & inwardly desolate. One day Joe was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Realizing he had nothing to lose, he decided to pursue his passion & hike the Pacific Crest trail. Six months later, the tumor had disappeared.
Trying to live out somebody else’s life script is like putting a size 10 foot into a size 7 shoe. The size simply does not fit. No matter how hard you force yourself to adjust to your situation, the discomfort continues.
Why not start off with the right fit? Acknowledge your unique gifts & talents, as well as your wants & needs. Then seek out situations & circumstances that will allow them their full expression. This route may take time, but the results are worth it: a life of peace & fulfillment that comes from being true to yourself.

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

I admire humor & wit. I think we develop those qualities we admire.

Having a well-developed sense of humor can make it possible for us to survive the most difficult of times. If we shift our perception a bit, choosing to see the lighter side of a situation, or if we are willing to laugh at our own foibles, “disasters” affect us far differently. This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take life seriously, nor does it mean there aren’t real tragedies. But most tough experiences are exaggerated in our minds. We have the capacity to perceive them differently. Let’s consider our willingness.
Medical research has recently established that laughter is a healthy exercise, that it can actually change the outcome of an illness. Watching funny movies, as therapy, was tried successfully by one well-known journalist who then wrote about his experiences. He cured his disease & lived many more years. It’s not known exactly how this works or why, but the proof is in the evidence. If laughter can completely alleviate, or at least reduce serious conditions, surely it can change the many tiny troubles that hinder us. It’s worth a try. Right?
As JoAnn suggests, admiring someone else’s sense of humor is the first step to improving our own. Might this be a worthy pursuit today?
Having a good laugh at myself or with someone else will change how I see everything today.

Friday, November 05, 2004

It's not what happens to us, but our response to what happens that hurts us. And we get to choose that response. We don't have to let unpleasant events hurt our character, identity, or sense of worth. We can use those events to forge our character and develop our internal powers.

Adapted from 7 Habits of Highly Efffective People - Stephen Covey