Our roots must go deep before our souls can soar.
A tree grows higher when the roots of the tree go deeper. In our lives we have to have solid roots beneath us before we can achieve the results we desire most in our lives. We have to know “who” we are before we can become all that we were meant to be. We have to know what our strengths and gifts are and believe in them before our tree can touch the skies without toppling over.
Without strong and deep roots it is easy for us to traverse life gaining more and more success only to find one morning that there is nothing supporting all that effort. The roots of our tree are shallow and in a moment our life is toppling downward.
We can learn a lot from trees: they’re always grounded but never stop reaching heavenward. ~Everett Mámor
Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Ancient wisdom that is still relevant and valuable today. How much time do you spend thinking on things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent or praiseworthy?
It is so easy to get trapped into thinking of things that are negative, to think of things that are condemning rather than praiseworthy.
What do you think would happen to you if you focused on doing what is right, true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy each day? What would that look like to those around you? What would they see if you could communicate in such a way that those words became truth? What would that feel like? What would it sound like?
“I have learned that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours. “
Henry David Thoreau
Seek your dreams with passion. Follow your dreams earnestly. Never let go of your passions and dreams, let them blossom in their own time.
“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”-
What makes you come alive?
What one thing would make your today better for you? What would raise your score from what it is right now (if you rated your day on the scale of 1-10, where one is not where I want to be to 10, maxxed out in life and happiness)?
What could you do to make your day better?
1. Thank someone (anyone really, yes really anyone).
2. Put a smile on!
3. Believe you can, you can!
4. Help someone who isn’t having a good day have a good day.
5. Write a note of gratitude to someone you know.
What other suggestions do you have? How would you help someone else have a better day?
Success means having the courage, the determination, and the will to become the person you believe you were meant to be” George Sheehan
The choices you get to make everyday are 100% your responsibility.
You have the choice to be grateful.
You have the choice to be happy.
You have the choice to be intelligent.
You have the choice to be relaxed.
You have the choice to smile.
You have the choice to laugh.
You have the choice to be humble.
You have the choice to be at peace with yourself.
You have the choice to forgive.
What choices do you want to make today that will improve your life.
What will you choose to do?
I choose to be happy.
I choose to laugh.
I choose to smile.
I choose to be.
I choose to see light in my life.
What are your “I choose to” statements? Live them out. Express your choices to others.
“Happiness can be defined, in part at least, as the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want now for what we want eventually.” Steven Covey
“MIDWAY upon the journey of our life
I found myself within a forest dark,
For the straightforward pathway had been lost.” Dante
Suddenly one day after many days, many months or even many years you wake up and you find that you are lost. Where did the path of life go? This is not familiar ground that you are walking on. In that moment all that was important before loses meaning. In that moment there is a sense of being lost. In that moment the heart is beating faster, breathing has quickened and you are waiting for something, but what is that something?
A moment of fright that all the days that have passed thus far have been days that were without meaning. What is life without meaning and purpose? That question ricochets around in the mind and the heart. What is the answer?
Chuck Swindoll writes, “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
What meaning are you bringing to your life?
Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about
your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern
yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is
still possible for you to do.–Pope John XXIII
How much time do you spend regretting something that you wanted that didn’t happen? Unless the time was spent on taking action today to make what you want happen then it was a waste of time. Each day is a “tabula rasa”. It is your story, a story of the present, a story of the future, a story of what could be is in your hands right this moment, and it is this moment that is right in front of you now that you have control of.
What will you do with the moment?
What choices will you make that will make your future the future you desire?
When you are inspired are you putting out more energy than you otherwise would? When new ideas are forming inside of your head reminding you of new possibilities aren’t you more energized than you normally would be?
When you are able to be creative aren’t you living with more energy than you normally would?
Where do you get your ideas?
Where do you get your inspiration?
Have you met TED? Check TED out, find a new idea, challenge an old idea, challenge yourself, be awakened, be upset, be different … let TED challenge you, let TED inspire you and let your ideas come alive.
Are you ready to be challenged? Then go there … visit TED.
“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.”
— Chinese proverb