Saturday, February 27, 2016

You can’t really pursue happiness # 3

When you’re happy, you’re dreaming, laughing and living joyful moments one by one.

"I belong a hundred miles from anyone, dreaming of my past along the shore. It took a while to realise the burning side of life alone and life to come from now.
All my instincts tell me that I need to know, what it's like tumbling down. Pretty minds and pretty thoughts control my life, and getting old is something we all know..."
 To be happy you must forget yourself. Learn benevolence; it is the only cure of a morbid temper.” Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
“Happiness is a by-product of an effort to make someone else happy.” Greta Palmer
“What people require for a good life – and many smart people have written books on this subject – are meaning and purpose. I personally have never met a self-centred person who was happy or content. The happy people I know are serving something greater than themselves – a cause, a religion or a family.” Charley Reese
"We are never really happy until we try to brighten the lives of others." Helen Keller
Bottom line – make someone else happy.

“Don't aim at success - the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side-effect of one's dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long run - in the long run, I say! - success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think of it.” Viktor Frankl
Don’t worry about getting rich. You will by focusing only on what your instincts tell you to do. 
“To enjoy life, you don't need fancy nonsense, but you do need to control your time and realize that most things just aren't as serious as you make them out to be.” Timothy Ferriss
Laugh often - at yourself and with others.

“I have an ideal life. I get to do what I want to do every day. And money can't buy any more than that.” Warren Buffett
Isn’t absolute freedom of choice the ultimate?

“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of travelling.” Margaret Lee Runbeck
“Happiness has more to do with where you're heading than where you are.” Scott Adams
One step at a time does it every time.

“Happy people learn that happiness, like sweat, is a by-product of activity. You can only achieve happiness if you are too busy living your life to notice whether you are happy or not.” Frank Pittman
“Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.” Thomas Merton
Being active and working towards a goal gets you there every time.
“The secret of happiness is in knowing this: that we live by the law of expenditure. We find greatest joy, not in getting, but in expressing what we are. There are tides in the ocean of life, and what comes in depends on what goes out. The currents flow inward only where there is an outlet. Nature does not give to those who will not spend; her gifts are loaned to those who will use them. Empty your lungs and breathe. Run, climb, work, and laugh; the more you give out, the more you shall receive. Be exhausted, and you shall be fed. Men do not really live for honours or for pay; their gladness is not in the taking and holding, but in the doing, the striving, the building, the living. It is a higher joy to teach than to be taught. It is good to get justice, but better to do it; fun to have things, but more to make them. The happy man is he who lives the life of love, not for the honours it may bring, but for the life itself.” Raymond Baughan
Action always counts louder than words. Use it or loose it.

Now go off and forget about yourself, about being happy, and just live within the moment.

“Close my Eyes” by Watershed

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Fear vs Love

Now what place has fear in the month of love, you ask? Exactly nothing - yet everything - since they are opposites.

“Love, love changes everything
Hands and faces, earth and sky
Love, love changes everything
How you live and how you die

Love can make the summer fly
Or a night seem like a lifetime”
“Hate is not the first enemy of love. Fear is. It destroys your ability to trust.” Anonymous
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4: 18 NKJV
Breathe deeply, exhale. Now do that thing!

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear – not absence of fear.” Mark Twain
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela
Tread softly, but walk.
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” Jack Canfield
“Fear less, hope more. Whine less, breathe more. Talk less, say more. Hate less, love more. And all good things are yours.” Swedish proverb
Want it enough.

“Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.” W. Clement Stone
“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. Go out and get busy.” Dr. Dale Carnegie
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NKJV
Get up and get going.

“F-E-A-R has two meanings:
1.       Forget Everything And Run OR
2.       Face Everything And Rise” Anonymous
“Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” Will Smith
Choices… Make them.
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, 'I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.' You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”  Eleanor Roosevelt
Go through it, not around it.

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Isaiah 41:10 NKJV
Help is at hand. Ask...

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” Marianne Wilson & Nelson Mandela
Indeed you are. Believe.

Now go forth and love your beloved… 
Allez maintenant et aimez votre bien-aimé…

“Love Changes Everything” Michael Ball
The Bible, New King James Version® 1982
The Bible, King James Version® 1957