The Year of the Fire Monkey, 2016, could not be more on point: Four friends have died, all unexpectedly and some tragically. I can almost hear a lone trumpet playing that old military death knell, “Taps” resonating in the back of my mind: a stirring and often overwhelming call to action for me who remains, conscious and above ground. It is really hard […]
Are you struggling with self-motivation? Having a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workouts? Finding more and more reasons to cheat on your healthy diet? We all struggle with motivation from time to time. But building self trust through a healthy dose of motivation, coupled with a little determination, will get you almost […]
I DON’T BELIEVE IN NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS. That’s not to say I don’t have goals, systems or deadlines. But in my experience, resolutions don’t work out so well. The key to lasting transformation is not some grand proclamation, but something much bigger…
Go placidly amid the noise and haste and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery.But let this not blind you to what virtue there is, many persons strive for high ideals and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe; no less than the trees and the stars, you have a right to be here. And whether or not it’s clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive God to be; and whatever your labours and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it’s still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.