Friday, June 24, 2011

Are You Living "The Good Life"? (New Thoughts)

"The good life is when you wake up in the morning 
and can't wait to start all over again." 
Barbara Sher

You can have all the material wealth in the world. You can live in the best neighborhood in the best city in the best country. You can have a great family, good friends, and slammin' career.


If you struggle to get out of bed in the morning, ache at the thought of going to work, or rolling over and seeing the same old face staring back at you--and not smiling--from the other side of the bed, you may not be living as good a life as you thought you'd be living by this time in your experience.

Trouble is, it has nothing to do with family or friends or career or money or neighborhood. It's you. It's always you. It has never been anyone or anything else but you. And you have a simple way of changing anything you want to change. How?

  • "There is no one luckier than one who thinks himself so." German proverb
  • "We do not see things as they are; we see things as we are." The Jewish Talmud
  • "All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become." The Buddha
  • "As we think in our heart, so we are." Prov. 23:7
  • "Selfishness is not living as one wishes to live; it is expecting others to live as one wishes to live." Oscar Wilde
The point is to recognize that you have the power to change whatever you want to change. And if you don't do it, it won't get done. First step? Stop justifying all the ways you can't change.

Finally, remember this: The only true wealth you have is time, and that is running out as you read this. Use that time wisely; live that time with as much joy and enthusiasm as you can. Your world will change and all within it will seem to change as well.

"If there is a sin against life, it hoping for another life 
and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life." 
Albert Camus

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