Appreciating Life!

When we stop striving for a better life, we are living a better life.

It signifies that we are satisfied with our lives and our circumstances. Self-defeating thoughts such as wishing for more or envious of someone else’s life or assets are detrimental. There is a perpetual state of frustration, and we wait and hope for more happiness.

So, what’s the big deal? Not too much, not too little.

“You should focus on what you have rather than what you need. Choose the nicest things you have and think about how enthusiastically you would have sought them out if you didn’t.” In the words of Marcus Aurelius: (121-180)

There is a lot to be thankful for right now. In addition to our loved ones and the natural world around us, there is also our own existence. It’s all around us; we simply have to take it in. Make a list of all the nice things you’re thankful for and share it with your friends and family.

What persons would you miss if they weren’t in your life? Isn’t there a lot to enjoy and feel happy about when you take a walk? Flowers, trees, birds, and clouds in the sky are all examples of nature’s beauty. Whether it’s a caterpillar on the pavement or a wave from your neighbor. It’s hard not to smile when you see a lovely puppy or toddler having a good time.

“Be unfazed, no matter how good or bad things are going for you. Take your time and enjoy the changing colors of the flowers in your courtyard. Don’t worry about quitting or staying in your job. Allow your thoughts to follow the ebb and flow of the clouds as they move over the horizon.” – Hung Tzu-ch’eng (1593-1665)

It’s only common sense to be happy and at peace with yourself and others, and to appreciate life while it’s still here.

Don’t Re-invent the Wheel

When was the last time a light bulb went out at your home? We no longer have to construct a light bulb because of Thomas Edison’s work. Grab a spare or go to the store, and you’re done.

Surely you are aware that Thomas Edison had to make many, many attempts before he came up with the light bulb. When someone asked him whether he was disheartened by his failures, he replied that he was not. There was no failure in his reply: “I’ve discovered another method of how not to create a light bulb”.

There is no such thing as failure, only outcomes. Insanity, according to one definition, is doing the same thing over and again and expecting a different outcome.

We need to make some adjustments to our daily routines if we want our lives to run smoothly.

We, too, have the potential to go out like a light bulb. There are times in our lives when we feel as though there is no light or hope to be found. It’s a bleak scene, to say the least.

Please allow me to shed a little light on this (pun intended). When we’re in the depths of despair, we need light to help us find our way out. While some of us are fortunate enough to have a source of light, others must leave their homes to find it.

Thoughtful thinking may go a long way, but it can only go so far for certain people. Just a little bit of light comes from it. People are in a quandary as to how to use the additional light that is now accessible.

All problems can be solved.

What’s the best way to locate the answer? It’s our choice whether or not we try to figure it out on our own, or whether we look for someone who has previously overcome this difficulty and benchmark their example.

A wide variety of media are available nowadays that might assist us in overcoming the challenges we face in our daily lives. We must study the mistakes of others in order to improve our own lives. There is a lot of wisdom to be gained from those who have been there and done that. We are lucky to have had some of the greatest philosophers in history to look up to.

There’s always room for improvement in our lives. As difficult as it may be at times, there is always hope and assistance available.

When you’re feeling down and life seems gloomy, do something for someone else without any expectations. You may also look to those notable examples in life and use them to get yourself back on track.

Let the light shine within you instead of trying to re-invent the wheel.

Hey, You’ve Got This!

As an entrepreneur, you are well aware that your success cannot be contingent on the judgments of others. As with the wind, opinions fluctuate…as with the weather, opinions fluctuate constantly. To succeed in any activity, you must maintain your course…at any cost! Here are some tried-and-true strategies to assist you on your course.

Abstain from negativity. We are surrounded by negative individuals. They can be family members or a close friend. Oftentimes, it’s the opinions of complete strangers that generate the greatest animosity, as if someone who does’nt know or understand you is capable of expressing a rational opinion about you.

No, you should not shun those in your immediate circle; rather, there are topics of discussion that are less profitable. Accept constructive criticism with grace, but divert the topic away from endless negative talk. Unless you take control, negativity will grow on you.

Strengthen Yourself. No, I am not suggesting that you inflate your ego; rather, you can be your own best source of encouragement by encouraging yourself. How are you going to accomplish this? Read the testimonies of previous entrepreneurs/successful entrepreneurs. Richard Branson, Dr. Claude Anderson, and the great Earvin “Magic” Johnson are among contemporary success tales of persons who rose from “rags to riches” [or from humble beginnings to tremendous influence]. There are several success tales from the past, including those of Earl Graves Sr., James Forten, and Thomas Jennings.

Return to the Beginning.  If you begin to doubt, consider what prompted you to take your “leap of faith” in the first place. Recall what it takes to succeed: discipline, self-confidence, independence, perseverance, and sacrifice, among other things. Consider the anticipated outcomes: a comfortable income, independence, a career you enjoy, and so forth. Finally, recall the worst job you’ve ever had…imagine yourself doing it again. Blah! Utilize all means necessary to push yourself.

Therefore, cast off negative ideas and focus on what is uplifting, motivating, encouraging, warm, kind, and helpful. You are on track to accomplish great things as long as you don’t let the negative remarks of others to distract you.

Quick & Delicious Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

Marinated Cherry Tomato Salad

 

An ideal side dish for anything that comes off the grill.

Serve

4-6

Ready In:

1hrs

Good For:

Lunch

Inroduction

About this Recipe

By: Positivseeds

A simple vinaigrette dressing coats a generous helping of tomatoes, diced onions, cilantro, and diced jalepeno to create a fast and delicious salad. Serve as a side salad or main course with your BBQ.

Positivseeds Recipes Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • 2 pints grape tomatoes (red, yellow, orange)
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tbsp sugar (or not)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt

Rinse tomatoes well and cut in half. Place in a medium bowl along with diced red onion, and chopped cilantro.

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1

In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper until well combined. Pour over tomatoes, onions and cilantro.

Step 3

You can elect to serve right away or place in the refrigerator to chill for 10 mins.

Step 2

Using a spatula, or spoon gently stir tomatoes and onions until well coated with vinaigrette.

Respect, Trust and Relationships

Treating people with respect wins trust and develops lasting relationships. Just a few common sense approaches to consider:

1) Show up on time. I’m raising both hands, as I’m for sure guilty of violating this one. I continue to work on strategies to improve, and the best to have worked thus far is when I plan ahead and arrive early for appointments and meetings. I utilize the Calendar on my phone, GMail, and mobile alerts that signals or prompts when to begin transferring to an appointment. The fastest way to destroy people’s trust in you is to waste their time. If you would not appreciate it, what makes you think someone else will.

2) Effective Communicate. Communication is a two way street, which means that beyond getting your voice heard, you must listen carefully and completely when people speak to you. It is pivotal for understanding. Show a genuine interest in others before giving your opinion or postulating about yourself.

3) Plan projects. For example, always prepare an agenda for meetings. Contact key participants before the meeting to hear their views, solicit suggestions for agenda items, and coach them on how to prepare for the meeting. Send agendas far enough before the meeting so that people have time to prepare. Consider: Bad meetings demonstrate an inability to provide leadership.

4) Be courteous. Find the good in everyone. Compliment others. Avoid starting or listening to gossip. Never ridicule, insult, or make fun of other people. Use positive words, always speaking about what you want and how you want things to be. Avoid suggesting motives or assigning judgments for other people’s actions and views. Consider: Discourtesy damages all relationships.

5) Help others. Be a mentor for newcomers. Share ideas. Teach people skills that will help them excel. Work with a spirit of abundance. Seek win/win results. Let others speak first, even on issues where you are an expert. Give first without attaching a receipt for return favors. Consider: Selfish people end up working harder.

3 Powerful Steps to Using the Secret

The first thing everyone wants to know after watching the movie the Secret is, “How do I use what i just learned?” That’s understandable because although the movie is good and introduces the concepts to the law of attraction, it doesn’t really tell you how to properly apply it to your life.

Step One

One of the first things you can do is, educate yourself as much as possible on the subject of the law of attraction. Learn the very nature of the law of attraction and how it influences your life.

The core of the secret, are your thoughts which goes a lot deeper than negative verses positive thought. If you understood the true nature of thought, you would be a huge step above those who think they understand the law of attraction. The biggest secret, you have to do your part! see step three

Step Two

The second step to mastering the secret law of attraction is to get a journal. Yep, he went there. Get a journal, and begin to writing. Do you know most people have no clue what their predominant thought patterns are, nor do they even know what it is that they want. It doesn’t really matter where you begin, just start. Write what ever comes up, doesn’t even have to make sense in the beginning. The point is you’ve started…

When you get a journal you can begin to explore your feelings on a much deeper level. Seeing your feelings on paper clears it up from being cluttered in your mind. Your thoughts are a gift, and a curse, putting them to paper can be liberating. Give it a shot!

Step Three

The third step to using the law of attraction is to take small inspired action towards your goals. With your new law of attraction journal you can begin to track daily, every action you take that is in alignment with your goals. Its very hard for most people to be aware of the way they spend their time. When you set a specific plan and track it in your journal you have a better chance of seeing how your week has gone, your month and then your year.

Final Thoughts

How many times must we do the same crazy things that get us the same crazy results over and over again. Know doubt you know this quote “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.” Then many people say that the law of attraction did not work in their lives, actually the law of attraction did work. It gave you more of the same conditions you were creating again and again. How does that not make sense!