This is the lesson I try to teach my children over and over. What we want out of something, we need to put that energy into it.
If we continually live with the attitude of entitlement without acting on our intentions or wants , nothing of worth will come our way. That doesn’t mean we should stop expecting things we want to happen. There is a difference in living with expectations to bring about what you want and feeling you deserve possibly more than what you should really receive. If you are grateful, giving and kind those attributes will come back to you if you keep faith and act as if those things are already present in your life.
It’s a fine line there, but one worth exploring for sure
“According to an ancient legend, there was a time when ordinary people had access to all the knowledge of the gods. Yet time and again, they ignored this wisdom. One day, the gods grew tired of so freely giving a gift the people didn’t use, so they decided to hide this precious wisdom where only the most committed of seekers would discover it. They believed that if people had to work to find this wisdom, they would use it more carefully. One of the gods suggested that they bury it deep in the earth. No, the others said— too many people could easily dig down and find it. “Let’s put it in the deepest ocean,” suggested one of the gods, but that idea was also rejected. They knew that people would one day learn to dive and thus would find it too easily. One of the gods suggested hiding it on the highest mountaintop, but it was quickly agreed that people could climb mountains. Finally, one of the wisest gods suggested, “Let’s hide it deep inside the people themselves. They’ll never think to look in there.” And so it came to be— and so it continues today.”
And this is why it is part of my morning ritual to sit and think, to pray on what I have to do for the day, to get in touch with what God has put in my mind, and to open up the channel God share with me. I believe I will be transformed by the quieting of my mind
One of my habits I have cultivated over the last few years in the process of reinventing my work life, I wake up every morning and calibrate my day and my life. I keep a “Success Rhythm Matrix” where I track everything I want to be better at, learn, and grow. I think the one thing that makes the most impact on my life and more importantly, my attitude and ability to bring more into my life is my listing of what I am grateful for. Everyday I try to come up iwth 3 new things. I have filled up books with journaling through my adult life, but since I have started concentrating on only the positive aspects over the last ten years, I feel like I have found the gold at the end of the rainbow.
As we move in to the Holiday Season, I would just remind you of what my Momom always said to me, don’t say anything if you don’t have anything NICE to say. Not only will you think of nicer things to say, but when you are quiet, it will be that much more evident of the strength of your character and convictions.
And now a challenge, please do one randomly nice thing today. Send a sweet note to anyone you have done business with, or just an old friend. Most of don’t expect anything in return.