What happens when we give our very best at something? How is this different than just going through the motions?
For me, when I give my very best at whatever I am doing I notice that I am always surprised at where I end up…and I usually inspire myself and others along the way.
This short video is a great example of this principle.
To my entire family,
“I have for many years endeavored to make this vital truth clear; and still people marvel when I tell them that I am happy. They imagine that my limitations weigh heavily upon my spirit, and chain me to the rock of despair. Yet, it seems to me, happiness has very little to do with the senses. If we make up our minds that this is a drab and purposeless universe, it will be that, and nothing else. On the other hand, if we believe that the earth is ours, and that the sun and moon hang in the sky for our delight, there will be joy upon the hills and gladness in the fields because the Artist in our souls glorifies creation. Surely, it gives dignity to life to believe that we are born into this world for noble ends, and that we have a higher destiny than can be accomplished within the narrow limits of this physical life.” ~ Helen Keller
One of the biggest desires that I would love to see each of you understand is the power your thoughts and belief’s have on your life. If you think the world is amazing…it will be. If you think the world is horrible…it will be. Each one of you have the ability to choose how your world looks and feels.
Why does it seem that life is so busy?
Could it be because we are not doing what we love? What makes us happy?
I feel that the answers to these questions are unique to each individual and is part of our journey to answer if we choose to.
I have been reading a book titled “Unchain the Elephant”. In the book it provides an insight into these questions that have provided me with some additional clarity on what I can do to slow life down.
“An amazing thing happens when you get honest with yourself and start doing what you love, what makes you happy. Your life literally slows down. You stop wishing for the weekend. You stop merely looking forward to special events. You begin to live in each moment and you start feeling like a human being. You just ride the wave that is life, with this feeling of contentment and joy. You move fluidly, steadily, calm and grateful. A veil is lifted and a whole new perspective is born.” – Jes Allen
What sort of activities make life slow down for you?
Brighten, Easton, Cooper, and Cord;
This is the first of many letters that I am going to write to you. I want the very best for each one of you. I want each of you to have the best in life and be able to learn, grow, and develop. I want each of you to gain the confidence and knowledge that will help you succeed at whatever path you choose for yourself.
One of the biggest lessons I want you to understand and prepare for is – that life is going to challenge you, test you, and provide you with opportunities to learn, grow, and make choices. How you respond to these challenges and opportunities will help define who you are and who you will become.
As you all know I love the “Rocky” movies. There is a clip in the last Rocky movie that beautifully illustrates what I so deeply want you to understand.
If life tries to beat you down, and tries to hold you down, please remember this lesson.
It is not about how hard you can hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much you can take and keep moving forward. Each of you have the choice each day to respond in a way that keeps you down, or in a way that allows you to keep moving forward.
If you can respond to what life gives you with a positive attitude and in a way that allows you to keep moving forward, I promise you that your life will be so much more enjoyable, and you will develop an ability to live life as an ongoing opportunity to grow instead of an ongoing challenge that you have to survive.
love you all forever,