Category Archives: Inspiration

Reading is SO fundamental.

Reading is SO fundamental! No, I didn’t just come to this realization; in case you were wondering. It’s just that sometimes the simplest things are so profound.   Anyway, the reason that I say this is because over the past year I’ve been on a JOURNEY! of sorts – to say the least. One day, I’ll have to write about it in more detail. But, for now here’s something that I want to share.

When you genuinely seek to know the truth, it’s amazing how God leads you to certain doors (in this case certain books and other reading material!) to help you unlock those mysteries that you’ve been trying to figure out; whether it be truth about yourself, your culture, your spirituality, etc.  So read folks, read for pleasure, for growth, for development, for wisdom, for intellect, for it all.

yours in continuous pursuit of bliss.

The best aspect of life is the process of evolving in the pursuit of knowledge.

Progress.

“Do not be impatient with your seemingly slow progress. Do not try to run faster than you presently can. If you are studying, reflecting and trying, you are making progress whether you are aware of it or not. A traveler walking the road in the darkness of night is still going forward. Someday, some way, everything will break open, like the natural unfolding of a rosebud.” ~ Vernon Howard

I saw this quote today and had to share it.  It reminded me that even when we think that we’re not making any progress, we actually are even though the outcomes are not tangible.  Keep pressing on and moving forward. You are making progress, the full effect of it will come to light soon enough.

Peace & Bliss.

Limitless

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. – Bruce Lee

In His Words – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To be great is to be misunderstood. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Personal Investment

In the beginning of any intimate relationship the best gift you can offer another person is the investment of quality time together. – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Lately, I’ve been super stressed with studies, kids, and homelife in general.  There are so many thoughts running through my mind and so many emotions happening at once and this quote brought me to an ‘aha’ moment.  I need some time to myself.  To spend time just being in my own company.  To take a long walk with myself.  To have lunch at the local cafe with myself.  To sit down and thumb through a glossy magazine without feeling guilty that I’m not being productive.  I need it.  I owe it to myself to invest time with myself and so do you.  It’s interesting how we make time for everyone else’s needs and wants but our own.  But, the truth is taking care of our personal selves is the greatest service we can do for those around us.

Continuous Improvement

Just as life evolves, you and I evolve.  We learn, we grow, we adapt, we change, we improve, we hurt, we heal…and then some.  Each day is like a new canvas to paint a picture and even if you make a mistake with your brush you can edit and make changes as you go along.  Life imitates art in that way, they both are works in progress and so are we.

F.O.R.W.A.R.D

Whatever task lies ahead of you this year, plan to move FORWARD.

F – finalize your goals.

O – order your plans.

R – risk failing (or succeeding) by taking action.

W – welcome mistakes.

A – advance at every stage.

R – reevaluate your progress continually.

D – develop new strategies as you go.

Adapted from Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell

As a Man Thinketh – James Allen

Man is the master of thought, the molder of character, and maker and shaper of condition, environment, and destiny.

Man holds the key to every situation, and contains within himself that transforming and regenerative agency by which he may make himself what he wills.

Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.

Desiderata

Go placidly amid the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be critical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy.

© Max Ehrmann 1927

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Forward Thinking

I look forward to the first day of each month.  I think of them as new beginnings.  Each new month brings with its own opportunities to explore, new people to encounter, new situations that will arise, and more.  Whatever areas where I fell short last month then I look to the new month to adjust my habits, my thinking, and my productivity.

“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!” ― Steve Maraboli