Welcome to the February 'Useletter'. It certainly is turning out to be '2000 & Mine' – I find that being positive and believing that this is going to be an awesome year, is attracting so many more things into my life and that it rubs off on everyone I come into contact with. This year I launched my new inspirational talk, 'Discover Your Passion' and am already helping so many people re-discover the fun in life. In fact, being someone that believes in humour, I open my talk with a saying, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper – the closer you get to the end, the quicker it goes!” It's mostly the baby boomers and older that really appreciate that saying. Why, because as we get older, time does fly. And we realise that one has to make the most of every precious day. It simply isn't worth it to get depressed and annoyed.
In fact one of my resolutions this year was NOT to listen to the news and NOT to read the political pages of any newspaper. Wow, it has made a huge difference in my outlook. I now don't have all these corrupt politicians irritating me anymore. Suddenly, I am smiling more and believing that the future is bright. And guess what? It's not difficult to do! If each and everyone of us just negated all those little irritations in life – everyone would be more positive, and the whole world would change overnight. Just try it! Please note, I said I don't read the political nonsense – however, I still keep myself updated with the financial markets and the business world – it's important to stay informed.
We are so bombarded by negative news daily, that it has become part of most peoples lives. In a year that is going to be mine, I definitely am not going to let an outsider influence my positive goals and thoughts. So, if I can share a bit of advice to find your passion this year, DON'T hang out with negative people, and DON'T read negative press. Remember the universal law : like energy attracts like energy – I want to attract health and happiness into my life, and I can only do so by connecting with like-minded people.
It's a decision on your part. It's an attitude – and on that note, here's an elderly gentleman that we can ALL learn an important lesson from.
A WISE OLD MAN
A man of 92 years, short, very well-presented, who took great care in his appearance, was moving into a retirement home. His wife of 70 had recently died, and he was obliged to leave his house of 40 years.
After waiting several hours in the retirement home lobby, he gently smiled as he was told that his room was ready. Slowly he walked to the elevator, using his cane, as the young helper described his small room to him, including the sheet hung at the window which served as a curtain.
"I like it very much", he said, with the enthusiasm of an 8 year old boy who has just been given a new puppy. "Sir, you haven’t even seen the room yet, hang on a moment, we are almost there. "
" That has nothing to do with it ", he replied. " Happiness is something I choose in advance. Whether or not I like the room does not depend on the furniture, or the decor – rather it depends on how I decide to see it. I already decided in my mind that I like my room. It is a decision I take every morning when I wake up. "
"I can choose. I can spend my day in bed enumerating all the difficulties that I have with the parts of my body that no longer work very well, or I can get up and give thanks to for those parts that are still in working order. Every day is a gift, and as long as I can open my eyes, I will focus on the new day, and all the happy memories that I have built up during my life. "
" Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw in later life what you have deposited along the way. "
So, my advice to you is to deposit all the happiness you can in your bank account of memories.”
So you see, it was his decision to be positive and happy. He chose to do so. And together with that choice come the decision NOT to let outside influences get you down. Yes! It is not that easy to do at first, but start with little changes, such as not reading the negative things in the newspaper. As you practice, it becomes easier and easier, and before you realise it, you have change your whole outlook to life.
MORE LIFE WISDOMS
I want to end off this month with a my life's philospohy. In fact you can listen to it as an mp3 audio/music file. Simply click here, or read them below.
Try an imagine a future time, where archeologists have just discovered a buried library.
And in these ruins they found a book, written by scholars, scientists and philosophers, all about the 21st century and the downfall of it's people.
A time where :
So what was it, that the future had learnt from the past ?
That it's those small daily happenings that make life so spectacular. It is not the breath we breathe, that counts. But every moment that takes our breath away. Savour each and every precious moment in life and with your loved ones. One day when you look back at your life, it won’t be the material things that you remember, but the moments that took your breath away with those close to your heart.
Never look back too often, because, then you won’t be able to see ahead. Stop living in the past and realise that it is love, not time, that heals all wounds.
Consider that everyone you meet deserves to be greeted with a smile. After all, a smile enriches all those who receive it, without making poorer those who give it. And it takes but a moment, yet the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. In fact, a smile is the most inexpensive way to improve your looks.
Realise that under everyone's hard shell is someone who wants to be appreciated and loved. And when you say, “I Love You’, mean it. Similarly, when you say, “I’m Sorry”, look the person in the eye. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
Be careful how you think, as your life is Shaped by your thoughts. Our thoughts are energy ! Think positive and be with positive people – and life will treat you well. The world is like a mirror, if you face it smiling, it smiles back at you.
Don't cry because it's over; smile because it happened.
And that even if you want to live on top of the mountain, never forget that all the happiness and growth occurs while you're climbing it.
Live as you would have wished to live, when you come to die.
And remember that the purpose of life, is to life a life of purpose.
Have a brilliant February!