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Living life

“If you want your life to be a magnificent story,then  realize that you are its author.”  John Maxwell

What do you want your story to be?  Much has been written about what makes people happy and as it turns out happiness is a story you get to write.  Sometimes you find happiness in the struggles.  Sometimes you find happiness in the memories.  Sometimes you find happiness in realizing your strengths.  Sometimes you find happiness when you give of yourself to something greater than yourself. 

Happiness is often found when we do something we identify with intensely, something that is important to the core of our being.  For some people the search for happiness is a never ending quest.   What is your definition of happiness?   Happiness is difficult to find if it isn’t first defined.

Happiness can take the form of being responsible.   Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”     If you have a goal are you working towards it?    If you are making progress towards a goal – celebrate that fact.   If you are struggling to make progress take smaller steps.  

Maintain a regimen of discipline.   “What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.”, declared Henry Parry Liddon.   Develop strong habits and strong resolve and those will help take you over those times where things aren’t working as smoothly as you desire.  Persistent patterns of practice will lead you in small steps to the results you desire.

carpe momento

Carpe Momento

Seize the moment … take bite sized chunks out of the day and use them to grow.

“Seize the very first possible opportunity to act on every resolution you make, and on every emotional prompting you may experience in the direction of the habits you aspire to gain.” William James

“Keep the faculty of effort alive in your by a little gratuitous exercise every day. That is, be systematically ascetic or heroic in little unnecessary points, do every day or two something for no other reason than that you would rather not do it, so that when the hour of dire need draws nigh, it may find you not unnerved and untrained to stand the test.” William James

There is a dream, your dream, does it stay a dream or is there some action being taken to turn that dream into more than just a desire?

What does culture say about the second quote? If there were a natural disaster near you, what would you do? Have you contemplated a plan of action? Have you practiced that plan?

In our daily life do you practice what you desire to become? If not, how do you get there? Carve out a moment or two – just enough time to practice what that desire is.