It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

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Friday, May 13, 2016

Chapter 5, Page 13, Book 16

Some Important Don'ts
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Imagine life as a game in which you are juggling five balls in the air.   You name them Work, Family, Health, Friends and Spirit, and you are keeping all of them in the air.   You will soon understand that Work is a rubber ball.  If you drop it, it will bounce back.  But the other four balls--Family, Health, Friends and Spirit--are made of glass.  If you drop one of these, they will be irrevocably scuffed, marked, nicked, damaged or even shattered.  They will never be the same.  You must understand that and strive for balance in your life.

 Don't undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others.  It is because we are different that each of us is special.

 Don't set your goals by what others deem important.  Only you know what is best for you.

 Don't take for granted the things closest to your heart.  Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.

Don't let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past or for the future.  By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.
 Don't give up when you still have something to give.  Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.

Don't be afraid to admit that you are less than perfect.  It is the fragile thread that binds us each together.

Don't be afraid to encounter risks.  It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.

 Don't shut love out of your life by saying it's impossible to find.  The quickest way to receive love is to give; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly; and the best way to keep love is to give it wings.

 Don't run through life so fast that you forget not only where you've been, but also where you are going.

 Don't forget that a person' s greatest emotional need is to feel appreciated.

 Don't be afraid to learn.  Knowledge is weightless, a treasure you can always carry easily.

Don't use time or words carelessly.  Neither can be retrieved.  Life is not a race , but a journey to be savoured each step of the way.

May 13th - Don’t do it…unless you want to be happy

There are some things in life that you just do, and don't do and I think the list above covered most of the don’ts.

Here are some more simple things happy people do and the things they don’t do, that can change the way you see things and live your life:

 Do: Live in the present moment.
This moment is the only place you can feel alive, make changes, create your future, learn and grow, enjoy and appreciate.
It’s also where happiness is. Not later, not in past memories, right here and right now.

 Do: Let go.
Letting go means accepting, being alright with things and events, letting them be and moving on without carrying any burden to the next moment.

Don’t: Hold onto things.
We’re too attached to people, objects, bad habits, places and so on. We think about them too much, worry, want to be with that person, at that place, or else, constantly.

 Do: Spend time with happy people.
Happiness can be spread and shared, and being surrounded by positive people, who appreciate everything they have, know how to enjoy life, are smiling all the time and have fun, is what will make you one of them.

Don’t: Be around the wrong people for too long.
If you find happy individuals and surround yourself with them daily, you’ll become contented with life too.

Do: What you love.
Find your passion and follow it. It’s one of the things that can give meaning to your life.

Don’t: Do things you hate.
Living like that leads to misery.

 Do: Accept.
Acceptance is the act of seeing things as they are and being okay with that. It means accepting yourself for who you are, and the people around you , the turn of events, and everything else.

Don’t: Change and control.

Our constant need to have control over all the stuff in our life and to change people, means we don’t like what is now. We put too much pressure in trying to ‘fix’ it. But this never works out and we end up being disappointed, upset and without hope.

If you start doing the dos and remember the don’ts, you’ll find happiness. And it will be a different kind of happiness, the one that brings ease, peace, appreciation and deep contentment.


Rick Watson said...

Wise words a a. JILDA and I wrote a song entitled Do What You Love. One part goes like this:
There's a lesson worth learning they don't teach in school
You gotta do what you love and love what you do

betty said...

I liked the illustration about the different parts of our lives as juggling balls and what helps with the key ones of family, health, spirit and friends if they fall and break. So true about work; we can kind of bounce back from those situations but harder with the other four. It is a great reminder with the do's and don'ts here. Just so much wisdom shared; something to think about in the days to come.



LOVE this quote. It really speaks to me in so many ways. "Letting go means accepting, being alright with things and events, letting them be and moving on without carrying any burden to the next moment."