Tag Archives: Life

Don’t Put Off the Good Things to Tomorrow

24 Jul

“You’re the first person to say ‘Don’t put off till tomorrow what you can do today’, yet you always put off doing good things for yourself“, said my partner to me recently. “You don’t put off doing the dishes, or tidying up, or checking e-mails, but you never prioritise things such as yoga or reading which make you happy.”

He was so right and his words were a revelation to me. It had never crossed my mind that I shouldn’t put off the good things, too – I thought this motto only applied for chores and tasks.

I always knew that by not putting off our chores and tasks we have a better-organised life, we save time, we reduce stress. I never thought about the fact that by not putting off activities we enjoy, we …. don’t put off enjoying ourselves!

Let’s make the most of our time and prioritise at least one of our loved activities today. Let’s not put off being happy.

Today I will: make an iced coffee, read a book, ride a bike. And you?

Thank You for this Wonderful Life

15 Jun

Living Your Passionate Life Purpose

4 Jun

Today is the fourth day of the Hay House World Summit: a free ten-day event which broadcasts a dozen interviews a day with inspirational writers and speakers such as Louise L. Hay, Marianne Williamson, Don Miguel Ruiz, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch and Deepak Chopra.

Alan Cohen

Yesterday, I listened to an interview with Alan Cohen, who talked about “Living Your Passionate Life Purpose”. Alan Cohen brought up some fascinating ideas about how to find your authentic voice, how to discern between your ego’s and your soul’s voice, how to overcome challenges whilst pursuing your dreams, and how to follow the signs that God sends you.

I would like to share with you some of my favourite elements from this interview. (“I” refers to me in the text below).

On finding our calling in life.

How do we know when something is our calling? When we can’t not do it.

Even if we reject all signs that tell us to do it, the signs continue showing up, they are offered and reoffered.

I can’t not write. For one, my day feels unfulfilling if I do not write. Secondly, I have been receiving signs over and over again that this is what I should be doing. I often brush these signs aside, saying “It’s just coincidence”, but they just keep coming back.

On meeting obstacles along the way.

Overcoming obstacles

If it is our dream or our calling to do something, it does not mean that it will be easy to achieve.

If it is my calling to write a book, I will nevertheless face challenges along the way.

Just because God wants you to do it, does not mean he will hand it over on a plate to you – you have to work for it!

“When something very big is trying to be born, the labour is hard and the obstacles are many” (Joan Borysenko quoting a canoe-carver she once met).

On listening to signs.

I am often in doubt when making decisions – I am rarely ever sure whether I should pick A or B, got left or right, stay or go.

I ask for signs but I haven’t been very good at listening to them. Why? Because I keep asking for signs while at the same time ignoring all the signs I don’t want to see.

If it’s not the sign I hope for, I ignore it. Or I don’t even notice it.

If we truly want guidance, we must be willing that ‘it could go either way’. God could point us to A or B, he could suggest us to go left or right, he could encourage us to stay or go.

We mustn’t be attached to one result when asking for signs – we need to accept letting go of one option, even if it is the option that we think we would prefer.

Quotes for thought.

On being persistent: “If anything can stop you – let it” ~ Ernest Hemingway

Spirit does not want us to worship genius, Spirit wants us to express genius: “When I forget who I am, I serve You; when I remember who I am, I am You.” ~ Hanuman in the Ramayana

“Everything always works out in the end, and if it hasn’t worked out yet, it’s not the end” ~ The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

The Simple Things

18 May

Last month I made a wonderful discovery – a magazine called The Simple Things, which turned out to be a printed version of the types of blogs I love to read. It has beautiful photography and articles about lifestyle, interiors, food, friends, travel and all the other Simple Things that I love.

I make collages of my favourite images from every magazine I read. These were my favourites from the no9 issue of The Simple Things:

The Simple Things Magazine Collage

I Can Do That Today

14 May

A businessman bought popcorn from an old street vendor each day after lunch. He once arrived to find the peddler closing up his stand at noon. “Is something wrong?” he asked.

A smile wrinkled the seller’s leathery face. “By no means. All is well.”

“Then why are you closing your popcorn stand?”

“So I can go to my house, sit on my porch, and sip tea with my wife.”

The man of commerce objected. “But the day is still young. You can still sell.”

“No need to,” the stand owner replied. “I’ve made enough money for today.”

“Enough? Absurd. You should keep working.”

The spry old man stopped and stared at his well-dressed visitor. “And why should I keep working?”

“To sell more popcorn.”

“And why sell more popcorn?”

“Because the more popcorn you sell, the more money you make. The more money you make, the richer you are. The richer you are, the more popcorn stands you can buy. The more popcorn stands you buy, the more peddlers sell your product, and the richer you become. And when you have enough, you can stop working, sell your popcorn stands, stay home, and sit on the porch with your wife and drink tea.”

The popcorn man smiled. “I can do that today. I guess I have enough.”

Extract from Cure for the Common Life, Max Lucado