Inspiration

Here is one of my favorite inspirational sayings. It is attributed to Mother Theresa and is written on the wall at her Home for Children in Calcutta. It seems to be an adaptation of a poem by Dr. Kent Keith. You can find his original here.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends, and some genuine enemies.

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.

Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.

Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today will often be forgotten.

Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.

Give your best anyway.

In the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.


Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

There is a story going around that I have heard attributed a number of different ways. I first heard it on Dr. Laura, and since then, I have heard it being identified as both a Cherokee and a Navajo story. Some just say Native American. But here it is in its expanded version.

An old Grandfather
said to his grandson,
who came to him with anger
at a friend
who had done him an injustice,
“Let me tell you a story.I too, at times,
have felt a great hate
for those
that have taken so much,
with no sorrow for what they do.
But hate wears you down,
and does not hurt your enemy.
It is like taking poison
and
wishing your enemy would die.
“I have struggled
with these feelings
many times.”
He continued, “It is as if
there are two wolves inside me;
one is good and does no harm.
He lives in harmony
with all around him
and
does not take offense
when no offense was intended.
He will only fight when
it is right to do so,
and in the right way.
But
the other wolf,
ah!
He is full of anger.
The littlest thing
will send him into a fit of temper.
He fights
everyone,
all the time,
for no reason.
He cannot think
because his anger
and
hate are so great.
It is helpless anger,
for his anger will change nothing.
Sometimes it is hard
to live with these two wolves inside me,
for both of them
try to dominate my spirit.”
The boy looked intently
into his Grandfather’s eyes
and asked,
“Which one wins,
Grandfather?”
The Grandfather smiled
and quietly said,
“The one I feed.”

from SharetoLearn.com

So now the question of the day is, which wolf are you feeding?

Today it was easy for me to feed the angry wolf. I had to drive to the airport and it seemed that everyone was against me. People were diving in front of me and driving stupid. Then I got stuck in traffic. Note to self:Pounding on steering wheel and yelling at other drivers does not make traffic go faster! I finally get home, decide to relax a bit and turn on the TV. I find politicians bickering, the news is just depressing, the movies are violent and angry. Even on the reality shows everyone is fighting with everyone else.

I think our society is spending too much time feeding the wrong wolf. To quote a few cliches,

“I know I can’t change the world, but I can try to change myself.”

“I can’t control what happens to me, but I can control my reaction to what happens to me.”

With those in mind I vow to try and change my reactions.

What would happen, if when I got stuck in traffic, instead of getting angry and pounding the steering wheel, I listened to one of my self-help CDs and enjoyed the extra time I had to myself? What if, when someone cut me off, I responded with humor, and gave them a friendly wave and a great big grin? What if I only watched TV shows that were uplifting and positive? What if I just removed all the negativity that I allow in my life?

And then, what if I took it a step further, and tried to actively feed the good wolf? What if, in the grocery store, I gave the mom with the screaming baby a friendly smile, and offered to push her cart for her? What if, when friends are gossiping, I change the subject by saying something nice? What if I turn off the TV and go for a walk?

What if everyone tried to feed the good wolf?

The “One Heck Of A Giveaway” Contest

It's contest time!If you are a blogger and you haven’t heard about this contest yet, I don’t know where you have been! Bloggin-ads.com , working with other bloggers, has come up with a list of prizes that is hard to beat! And what a great way to create buzz about your blog!

Here are the details from Bloggin-ads.com :

Well it’s technically not a “MILLION” dollars being given away, but you can say that this is going to be one heck of a big contest. It’s totally different from what other contests are about because you guys (my readers) are the ones that are running this. You guys are the ones that are providing all the items that are going to be given away. I’m sure all of you guys love these blog contests that have been running around the net for these past weeks. The main reason for blog contests are to gain some type of exposure and a community of readers. The contest I’m conducting now of course does benefit me, but I’ve changed it to give the sponsors all free backlinks from my blog and other blogs that choose to post about this contest. Now my blog is all about showing love to other blogs no matter what size and this contest should do the job by helping all the sponsors :)

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5 Daily Requirements for a Fantastic Life

Today I am going to do something a little different, and let Anmol Mehta give you a Yogi’s view on achieving happiness.

Our good buddy, lazy Yogi Ponchie, had just read a great blog on meditation, where the author had revealed the secrets of how to live a happy, meaningful and good life. This blog highly inspired Yogi Ponchie and he immediately went about implementing the recommendations, in his own special way of course.

The article, he read, explained that the secret to a happy and fulfilling life was to live life one day at a time. Not only that, the author had provided his thoughts on what 5 activities one should include in one’s life on a daily basis in order to accomplish this. Here was how Ponchie spent his day, which he felt met the requirements laid out in the post.

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