Sunday, April 26, 2015

Live a little # 1

“Hope springs eternal” is an idiom from Alexander Pope’s poem, “Essay on Man” which is a basic truism of life. Wake up each morning with a smile on your face; stepping out with a spring in your step and facing the world filled with hope and love.

“Dance. Love. Sing. Live.” Audrey Hepburn
Be an entertainer at heart. Not just for the sake of those around you, but equally to lift up your own spirits. In short, enjoy life, you only live once.

“Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale.” Hans Christian Anderson
See life through the eyes of a child. Don’t ever completely lose that innocence, that naivety, that sense of wonder and belief in the impossible that a child has.

“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realise they were the big things.” Antonio Smith
Aunt Sienie told me that very same thing quite often. It is those small acts of kindness that builds the bond between two people and fosters an ingrained value system that will steer you automatically through any crisis.

“Happiness is not in getting what you want, but in wanting what you have.” Anonymous
“Having the best things is no substitute for having the best life.” Oprah Winfrey
What you’re really looking for is inside you. Take a few deep breaths, turning your attention inside yourself. You don’t need to be “fixed” - that is looking from the outside. Notice simple, concrete things: the beautiful sunset, the rise and fall of your stomach as you breathe. In short, be grateful.

“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey
You get what you focus on. Do yourself the favour and focus only on the positive.

“We are what we repeatedly do.” Aristotle
This is a basic human principle which is highly underrated. It is those small everyday acts that builds up in layers and grows into a way of life. Just make sure that you choose the high road. 

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao Tzu
Have the courage to take that first step, write that first line, make that call, saying those words that are burning inside you… It will not only change your life, but also all of those people that you touch on your journey.

“Our attitude towards life determine life’s attitude towards us.” Earl Nightingale
 “Stop grumbling. When you complain you remain. Praise and be raised.” Joyce Myers
Little changes have big results. You’re going to develop what you focus on.

Now go out and get them! And have yourself a marvelous, delightful, blessed day.