Today it has become so natural for us to blame our mistakes and failures, ill health, unfavourable circumstances and conditions, our unhappiness and our disappointments in all the walks of life on “fate!” How prone we are to attribute our ills and failures to some external factor or cause, when the real cause lies within ourselves!
This is simply because we have become so used to thinking that the causes which control and shape our lives are external and such as can be measured by the physical senses. We have become so used to considering everything from a material standpoint—perceiving only that which can be weighed in the balance of human intelligence or measured with scales and metre rule that we have actually grown into the belief that the things which govern our lives and control our destiny are external.
We have been conditioned to live a material life, and have become grossly in materialism, that we have lost sight almost entirely of the higher, spiritual and more potential forces by and through which our lives and our destinies are controlled.
In this new year, too many people still believe in fate and horoscopes. They believe that what will be, will be and they don’t have control over how the year will turn out to be. Folks from my standpoint, there is no such thing as “fate” and nothing ever “happens.” Scientists, psychologists, and even the Bible show that to a greater extent, the cause of whatever comes to any person lies within the person. Continue reading This Year Will Become What You Make of It→
Acquire the habit of expecting success, of believing in happiness. Nothing succeeds like success; nothing makes happiness like happiness.
So long as you retain your happiness you will retain all your power; and all the power that is in you is sufficient to overcome every obstacle, conquer every adversity and turn every circumstance to good account.
The cheerful person makes a cheerful world.
Happiness is a very beautiful thing,—the most beautiful and heavenly thing in the world,—but it is a result, a spiritual condition, and is not predetermined by your bank account or by the flattering incense of praise.
To live, we must conquer incessantly; we must have the courage to be happy.
To make much of little, to find reasons of interest in common things, to develop a sensibility to mild enjoyments, to inspire the imagination, to throw a charm upon homely and familiar things, will constitute a man master of his own happiness.
The best way to secure future happiness is to be as happy as is rightfully possible today.
Diamonds of shining joy lie glittering in every way we pass daily, but most of the passers-by only stub their toes against them.
“Mental sunshine not only attracts the best from without, but it also causes the best to grow from within. We all prefer the sunshine, and we are naturally attracted wherever a sunbeam is in evidence.”
If you feel cheerful and happy, it is very natural for you to laugh. And if you will laugh a little, you will begin to feel bright and cheerful.
Probably the most lasting source of happiness is found in unselfish love. This keeps alive a constant interest in those who are the objects of affection, which, in turn, is naturally reflected into the relations of life.
Few of us appreciate the number of our everyday blessings; we think they are little things, and yet little things are what life is made of.
A serene face helps to make a serene soul; a smile on the lips induces a smile in the heart.
If one would be happy, let him forget himself and go about making someone else happy.
Look steadily on the bright side of life. Cultivate the grace of a good hope. Imitate the fine optimism of those of whom it is said that they can see stars where others saw only an unbroken expanse of cloud.
Happiness is the result of God’s will for us, and not of our will for ourselves; and so we can only find it by giving our lives up, in submission and obedience, to the control of God.
To believe and go forward is the key to success and to happiness.
They who minister to their neighbours exercise one of the normal human functions, and enter thereby into the joy of a larger life.
Write it in your heart that every day is the best day in the year.
The first step toward happiness is to determine to be happy.
If a man is unhappy, this must be his own fault; for God made all men to be happy.
Happiness is discovered in many unsuspected places.
Joy is not in things, it is in us, and I hold to the belief that the causes of our present unrest, of this contagious discontent spreading everywhere, are in us at least as much as in exterior conditions.
Happy is that person who feels that God cares for him, that he journeys forward under divine convoy, that his Father is regent of universal wisdom, and represents the whole commonwealth of love, who is all Nature, and who commands all Nature to serve His child.
It is no use to grumble and complain; It’s just as cheap and easy to rejoice
Opportunities do not come with their values stamped upon them. Everyone must be challenged. Today comes to you just like the other days; in it is a single hour, like this one you are in now, it looks no different from the hours you have spent; but in this day and in this hour the chance of a lifetime faces you.
To face every opportunity of life thoughtfully and ask its meaning bravely and earnestly, is the only way to meet the supreme opportunities when they come, whether open faced or disguised.
Before 1954, it was believed that no runner could ever break the four – minute mile barrier. But after Roger Bannister broke it, many more replicated his feat – within weeks. Why? Because he showed people what was possible. They got a new reference point. And then armed with that belief, people did the impossible.
Do you have a four – minute mile barrier in your own life? What lie have you bought about what is impossible for you? What false assumptions are you making about what you cannot have, be or do? The bible says, as a man thinks in his heart so he is. Your thinking creates your reality.
Jesus said, all things are possible for the person who believes. What do you believe about your life and your achievements? Your beliefs are self-fulfilling prophecies; if you believe you can’t make it, you won’t; if you believe that you will never become rich, you won’t. Because your beliefs drive your actions and you will always act in accordance to your beliefs. Continue reading What’s Your Four-Minute Mile Barrier?→
There are two kinds of optimists, “wise” and “otherwise”, which one are you? The wise optimist not only believes that things will work, but he works diligently to make them so. Unfortunately, many of us fall in the “otherwise” category; we do believe things will work out for us, but on their own since we don’t usually take the steps to match our thoughts with the needed actions.
Today, strive to be the wise optimist. Always believe that all things will work together for you; that the world will favour your actions. And whatever you set out to do, you will prosper. And while you believe and speak these things, make sure you are taking the steps in line with your thoughts. And remember, the disposition of the optimist to look for only the good in life gives him increased advantage in finding what he looks for.
Someone asked me recently, “Why do you talk of the God factor in your posts, and who says one can’t succeed with Him?”
Well here is my response; it is my strong opinion that you may read many good books, hear much motivational, inspirational or personal development messages or messages and make strong personal resolutions and goals, if you don’t have the spirit of God consciously active in your life, you will not reach true greatness.
God makes it easy, so why do you want to labour and struggle when free guidance and help is available to you? While it is good to fill your mind with rich and valuable information on self help, their true value to you will depend on whether you make practical use of what you have leaned. Continue reading God’s Ways are Higher→
Some times people get to ask me, “don’t you get bored spending most of the time reading and writing or thinking?” when they find me doing those things. It then dawned on me that many people have that fear that is never talked about. – the fear of being bored. It affects both the young and old, they have the inability to sit still and be with themselves and meditate.
People often think that to be successful in life one must always be busy all the time. And if you are not very busy you are considered unsuccessful or unproductive. That is why many people become sad or even enter a state of depression when there is nothing to do. They have a need to do something, anything but sit still.
There is a reason for this fear. And there is a major benefit to all who can eliminate this deep inner fear programming. When you can eliminate this inner fear, you automatically become less agitated, irritable, anxious, stressed, nervous, and depressed. You automatically become able to be “in the moment” and in “present time”. You are able to focus and concentrate more easily. You become more at peace and gain inner peace and joy.
Try sitting still today and see the impact it will have in your life. Do you meditate or sit still and are not bored? Please share your experiences here.