Monthly Archives: September 2013

There Are Only So Many Tomorrows

“Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows.” – Michael Landon

Although it would be nice if we were guaranteed to have a tomorrow, not a single person on this planet can say with absolute certainty that he or she will still be alive tomorrow. By the time our next day dawns, who knows which of us will have moved on to what comes after our lives here? The funny thing is that even with that degree of uncertainty, very few of us use that fact as a part of our decision-making processes when we face decisions about what we are going to do and when we are going to do it.
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Be Productive For Yourself

“The happiest people seem to be those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.” – William Inge

Being productive is probably the easiest way to keep our minds working and our spirits fulfilled. It really does not even matter what we are producing, as long as it is not harmful or illegal, as the mere act of provides us with a priceless sense of accomplishment, as well as a generous source of happiness. If I enjoy singing or playing an instrument, I do not have to be world famous–I can sing with my children; I can play for the elderly in a retirement home. And even if I do not sell millions of my crochet hats, as long as I love crocheting, then I should be making them and giving them away or selling them.
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Take A Moment To Discover What Your Soul Craves

“If I had two loaves of bread, I would sell one and buy hyacinths. For they would feed my soul.” – Muhammad

While most of us are aware of our physical hunger, and are prompt to respond to the slightest longing for want of food, many of us forget to feed our spirits. This is due in part to the fact that it is generally very easy to buy food to feed our bodies, and we do so regularly, sometimes without even giving it much thought. It is also very easy for us to feel hunger as our bodies make sounds, become weak, and send all sorts of signals to us when they need nourishment. But what about our spirits? What about our souls? They grow hungry, too, yet they are usually neglected. We may hunger for beauty, for kindness, for positive input into our lives, yet never take the time or make the effort to feed our souls.
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We Must View Life Pragmatically

“A loving person lives in a loving world. A hostile person lives in a hostile world. Everyone you meet is your mirror.” – Ken Keyes, Jr.

This is such an important concept in life, for it plays a key role in our surroundings and experiences in life. However, although we largely determine the world that we live in, I think that we have to be aware that this does not pertain to “everyone” we meet, nor to all occasions in life. We each meet so many people in our lives that it just makes no sense to say that “everyone you meet is your mirror.” We will meet people who are racists, who are angry at the world, who are angry with themselves, who are socially inept, who are rude and obnoxious, whether we are all those things or not.

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You Do Not Have To Save The Entire World To Become A Hero

“If we wait to foil a bank robbery or rescue someone tied on the railroad tracks we will never be a hero. We probably won’t even come across a cat stuck in a tree. As long as we sit at the bus stop waiting for our great moment we will miss our real chance at the heroic: the infinite number of tiny daily acts inspired by the great. Our actions may seem insignificant, but their results will grow and multiply.” – unattributed

We are constantly barraged by media and entertainment industries with their ideas of what “heroic” means: killing bad guys and saving people from terrorists; defusing bombs and blowing up buildings or saving someone from ferocious beasts or psychotic murderers. The writers of these works are simply trying to make money by exploiting our desire to live vicariously through actors in situations that none of us probably will ever see. And most of us buy into this idea of heroism, realizing that we will never be this “hero”.

I do not have any superpowers and I do not have a license to carry a concealed firearm, so does that mean that I never can be a hero? Absolutely not. It is up to us to define “heroism” for ourselves, and it is up to us to become heroes on our own terms. We can be heroic in our imaginations, but that type of heroism does not help the people we meet in our day-to-day lives. We can be heroic in small, almost insignificant ways, too–giving to others and helping others to be happy or fulfilled in their lives. Our tiny acts of heroism will not make someone happy, but perhaps they can relieve some of the stress or worry in another person’s life so that the person can find happiness more easily.

In almost half a century on this planet, I have never seen someone else raise a gun at another person or become involved in a high-speed chase in a major metropolitan area in order to capture bank robbers. But I have seen many people practice heroism on their own small scale, and I know that I have a richer life for what has been given to me personally on a small scale than for what some “hero” has done to save humanity on a great scale.

Just because I cannot save the world does not mean that I cannot be a hero…

Questions to consider:

In what ways are you, or could you be, heroic?

Why do so many people use the term “hero” only for someone who is “heroic” in violent ways?

Do we necessarily have to risk our lives in order to be a hero?

For further thought:

“A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his or her freedom.” – Bob Dylan

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Time Is The Coin Of Your Life, And Only You Can Determine How It Will Be Spent!

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandberg

In spite of the fact that our time is such a finite and precious resource, we sometimes still get careless about it. Maybe we allow it to be lost–wasted and squandered like the quarter that we drop that rolls into the gutter or sewer. How we spend our time is, after all, a great indication of what we are becoming as human beings. So much of our time is spent on stuff that simply does not matter, just because someone asked us to do something that we might not have wanted to do in the first place.
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You Have The Ability To Start Over Again

“The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have.” – Carol Clurman

Who have I been? What have I been? Does this necessarily determine who I am going to be?

Many people stepped into the roles they now occupy when they were very young–far too young to be able to say truly what they wish to accomplish with their lives. And once they have been in those roles for a number of years and have started to feel a sense of safety and security, they find it almost impossible to step out of those roles. Their choices for today are determined by trying to maintain the lives they have lived up until now.
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