Troubles, like babies, grow larger by nursing.
How do you feel when someone unloads all of his problems and complaints on you? Not very uplifting and energizing, is it? The truth is, nobody likes to be around a complainer — except, perhaps, other complainers.
Self-pity is an acid which eats holes in happiness.
The secret of happiness is to count your blessings while others are adding up their troubles.
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
(1) Definitions of ‘spirituality’ in the Oxford English Dictionary run to several pages. This is largely because the word ‘spirit’ has many meanings. These include a sense of loyalty or cohesion (‘team spirit’), an emotional state (‘in high spirits’), a deeper sense of meaning (‘the spirit of the law’), certain chemicals (‘white spirit’) and, of course, strong alcoholic beverages (‘spirits’). There are many interpretations of spirituality, and they all relate to things outside the realms of physical nature or matter. Spirituality goes beyond the appearance of things to their underlying principles or forces. Living spiritually doesn’t necessarily mean following a particular religion, but it does infer understanding that the universe has some order and that the creative force behind it (whatever that may be) is intelligent and purposeful. Spirituality is highly practical. It is about finding meaning and purpose in an apparently imperfect world then using what we learn to create happy, healthy, prosperous and fulfilling lives for ourselves and others. It is not, as we shall see, a special thing to be found in out-of-the-way places – it is Life itself, flowing, ever-present and abundant.
(2) Spirituality is founded on an appreciation that the world we detect through our five senses is not the ultimate reality. Objects that appear to be solid are not as solid as we think they are. One of the first to understand this was the Greek philosopher Plato. He realised that everything we perceive through our senses is merely an expression of universal ideas or ‘Forms’. These are independent entities which exist whether or not we are aware of them and able to grasp them with the mind. Love, for example, exists in the universe as an idea; we only become aware of it when it enters our experience. Even then, my experience of love may be different from yours. Meanwhile, the idea of love itself remains constant, permanent and unchanging, as do other universal ideas such as wisdom, justice, honesty, beauty and so on. For more than two thousand years, Plato’s theory was just that – a theory – and could not be proved one way or the other. Then at the beginning of the twentieth century it was verified by scientists when quantum physicists discovered a ‘substance’ or ‘energy’ out of which all physical things are formed. In other words, the universe is not solid at all. It is made of energy – and so are you
Love, for example, exists in the universe as an idea; we only become aware of it when it enters our experience. Even then, my experience of love may be different from yours. Meanwhile, the idea of love itself remains constant, permanent and unchanging, as do other universal ideas such as wisdom, justice, honesty, beauty and so on.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
You are not what you think you are. But what you think YOU ARE!
Dr. Norman Vincent Peale
Never underestimate your power to change yourself.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Think, act and talk with enthusiasm and you ll attract positive results.
26. A Word of Caution
With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.
Sir Thomas Buxton
Before you get too excited about waltzing easily toward your goals, I caution you.
27. Commitment pays off for aspiring novelist
One person with a commitment is worth more than 100 people who have only an interest.
28. He refused to quit
The rewards for those who persevere far exceed the pain that must precede the victory.
29. As long as it takes
I’d like to share with you the story of Benjamin Roll, who lives in Newport Beach, California. In 1990, at the age of 67, Roll graduated from law school. Naturally, before he could start practicing law, he had to pass the California Bar Examination.
30. Time to make a commitment
Now, let’s assume you have a goal in mind. The next question to ask you is, “Am I willing to do whatever it takes to achieve this goal?” If your answer is, “I’ll do just about anything, except that I won’t do _____,” then frankly, you’re not committed.
- 31. Turn your problems into opportunities
- 32. Finding the benefit
- 33. Tragedy to triumph
- 34. Business disappointment is blessing in disguise
- 35. Career change emerges from frustration
- 36. How adversity serves us
- 37. Look for the positive
- 38. Watch your words
- (39) Think Positive
- (40) Think Positively