Still in hospital but doing better on Multiple experienceS | I slept last night. That makes a huge difference. I also got them to stop the saline drip that wasn’t necessary and truthfully was torture for an MS patient with bladder issues. I was peeing every 20-30 minutes yesterday. I took a second…
When You Make Excuses You Chain Yourself To Mediocrity…
When something is important to you, you will find a way to make it happen or get it done. When something is important and you know you should do something, but do not, you make excuses. I see this every day of my life. People use excuses to justify lack of action and many people use many excuses.
“I cannot lose weight because of x, y, z…”
“I cannot get a better paying job because of x, y, z…”
“I cannot get ahead because of x, y, z…”
And my favorite excuse (and the biggest lie) of all time…”I can’t get more done because I just don’t have time.”
What if we decided to commit ourselves to a single positive action instead of allowing ourselves to wallow in the mud of making excuses? What if instead of complaining about the lack of time, we committed to getting a little more organized and learned about time management?
There was a period in my life when I was the king of using excuses to justify my mediocrity. When I stopped and took responsibility, my life changed for ever. I wrote down specific things I wanted to achieve and I designed a plan to reach my goals. Every time I failed I would say out loud, “I didn’t do my best, but I will this time.” And off I went to try harder.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are legit reasons that might make reaching goals more difficult for some. For instance, a reason someone might have a hard time running is that they have had both legs amputated. But if that person decided to run a mile, they could do so by running on their hands. I’ve actually watched a video on Facebook about this very story.
I’ve also watched a guy with no hands type with his feet. And a man with no arms play the guitar with his toes.
I believe anyone is capable of accomplishing anything. It might take them longer. It might take more than one attempt. They might have to demonstrate more resolve. They might experience more failed attempts. But they can do it.
In the end, people have extraordinary abilities as long as they don’t limit themselves by making excuses.
Desire Is the Root Cause of All Suffering…
You might recognize the title of this post as the 2nd Noble Truth. If you do not recognize it I highly recommend you run to Google and read up. I spent a few years of my college life studying and reading the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama more commonly known as The Buddha. And it was the 2nd Noble Truth that I still connect with on a deep level.
I did an observation study a few years ago on the modern lifestyle and compared it to those who have removed themselves from society to live in the wilderness. And it was during this comparison that my belief in the idea that desire is the root cause of suffering became incredibly strong.
People who want things usually create stress in their lives. I reference credit cards as a perfect example. Consumers use credit cards to buy things they don’t need with money they don’t have. They want, want, want, want. And this desire to possess things creates massive amounts of debt which then limits mobility and creates a trap. The craving to buy things in insatiable. And this desire to possess things creates unhappiness, discontent, stress and many other ailments of the spirit. We fall victim to consumerism and run off to the stores the day after Thanksgiving to buy stuff that no one will care about come January.
So why do we do it? Why do we allow desire to overwhelm us?
Those is the major religions would say it is because “man” is separated from God; and I don’t believe they are far off.
I believe we as a species are discontent because most lack the awareness to keep their mind, heart and soul focused on the appropriate things. And the appropriate things are love, kindness, compassion, giving, friendship and the like. Not televisions, clothing, money, mobile phones, shoes, cars, houses, etc. Our focus must be on relationships with other people, not on material things.
The sad thing is such a small percentage of people realize this truth. People have become conditioned by consumerism to accept their state of debt which is a modern-day version of share cropping. They live life with a heavy burden from which they will most likely never find relief. And it all begins with a sprinkle of desire.
I practice paying for everything with cash. I do not own a credit card and I have virtually zero debt. I am free from the chains of desire as it relates to consumerism. I don’t own a television, we live in a modest home and all of this is by design. My stress is low and my quality of life is high. Why? I recognized the 2nd Noble Truth many years ago and refused to fall in the trap.
I contain my desire for stuff and refuse to allow desire to overwhelm my life.
In place of stuff I focus on people, relationships and experiences.
The journey holds the nuggets.
It is the journey that gives us our learnings, our pleasure, our pain. It is the joy of getting through all the possible set ups, the step throughs and the aha’s that makes reaching the destination that much sweeter.
The journey can give us our greatest teachings if we allow and open our minds to these nuggets. It never truly is about the destination as much as what we can gain from achieving it and what we did along the way.
The Angels want you to say ” I open my mind and heart to the gold in my journeys”
Till next time… keep walking your spiritual path xx
Due to the number of people who wanted to play along for this second edition of Cadavre Exquis, and not wanting to restrain writers’ inspiration, I divided the group in three teams. This is the work of Team #2. I hope you’ll enjoy the writing exercise!
Cadavre Exquis is a writing game in which each player only gets the last sentence of the writer before him/her. Here is the result of putting all the puzzle pieces together…
I put down the pen, at long last.
The sun was starting to peek over the horizon, and I brushed my hand softly on the paper. There was so much in this long missive… So much love, so much pain. My whole heart folded in between two sheets, all my hopes and dreams ready to be delivered.
I stood up, my whole body soar from sitting in my Adirondack chair all night. The…
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In the reflection of social mist,
The shadows dancing tango –
They sway, they spin, they twist.
Glide in an erotic tangle.
The eye is trained to catch,
The play of rusty morals.
The love, the hate – a match
Burns out and ends in quarrels.
The shadows dancing still,
Unfazed by outer musings.
The drive is here one’s will,
See past the bitter losing.
The shadows do not care,
For rumours hastily cooked.
They voice, they laugh, they share-
They are eternally hooked.
The eye may get upset,
And ill from bites of asp.
But shadows do not fret,
They live beyond eye’s grasp
Here is my opinion on the Share button vs. the old Reblog button: the Share button sucks! End of rant.
Let me ask you a question:
Does your supporting cast add value to your life or cause you too much drama?