All beings must experience suffering and pain at some point in their lives.
– Buddha ~ Dukkha
Do not avoid pain.
Your effort would be misplaced.
Pain and suffering are inevitable.
Choose your pain wisely.
— Geoffrey Hale
Everyone wants to live a care-free, happy and easy life…
What pain do you want? What are you willing to struggle for?
— Mark Manson, The Most Important Question Of Your Life
“…no one comes up from the basement playing perfectly.” – David Byrne, musician, artist
Mastery is a process, not an event. It’s about day-in and day-out efforts – the practice, the honing of knowledge and skills, the trials, errors, and eventually getting it right.
You have to start – somewhere, somehow – to reach that level of mastery and excellence. Becoming remarkable doesn’t just show up – it evolves as you evolve, as you move forward.
Your challenge, today, is to start, one more time; to continue the evolution, to continue, today and every day, the progressive realization of your dreams.
Love your life, perfect your life.
“People who wait for a magic wand fail to see that they ARE the magic wand.” – Thomas Leonard
Recognize that you are in charge of you – your future, your everything. There is no fairy godmother, no genie in the lamp, no wizard in the land of Oz. It’s up to you, only you, to nurture your dreams, pick your goals, build your plans, and then go after what you want.
When you’re not satisfied with where you are, when you stoke the burning desire to be in a better place, when you’re willing to get uncomfortable, step forward and enlist the resources of the universe – that’s when the real magic happens.
“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – Joseph Campbell
It’s important to believe that you deserve the life about which you dream. If you’re a creature of habit, be sure to include learning, planning and actions towards the life you want to live. And when all else fails, when nothing seems to be going your way, don’t be afraid to pack your bags for a new adventure. Have faith in yourself and your dreams, and don’t leave your dreams for sleep.
I believe that to meet the challenge of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. We must all learn to work not just for our own self, family, or nation but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace, the equitable use of natural resources, and through concern for future generations, the proper care of the environment. – Dalai Lama
One day a man was walking along the beach when he noticed a boy picking something up and gently throwing it into the ocean. Approaching the boy, he asked, “What are you doing?”
The youth replied, “Throwing starfish back into the ocean. The surf is up and the tide is going out. If I don’t throw them back, they’ll die.”
“Son,” the man said, “don’t you realize there are miles and miles of beach and hundreds of starfish? You can’t make a difference!”
After listening politely, the boy bent down, picked up another starfish, and threw it back into the surf. Then, smiling at the man, he said, “I made a difference for that one.”
Original story by: Loren Eisley