I wish you nothing but good thoughts this time of year, and came across this quote. It sets off sparks, don’t you think?
Stay strong. Reach far. Rise above the fray.
|The Luminaries and Man’s Search for Meaning|
Your thoughts are key. Your thoughts are the bridge between your internal and external self. Thoughts are the messenger of what is not right in the mind.
Externally, your thoughts lead to words, which lead to actions, leading to your habits, and eventually to your character, nature, and personality. Thoughts –> actions –> habits –> character, nature, personality
Internally, thoughts lead to your awareness, which creates your experiences, and then your emotions and feelings. Thoughts –> awareness –> experiences –> emotions and feelings
Through meditation, you become aware of the content of your thoughts, and can eventually learn to direct which thoughts you want to grow, and which you want to fade away. Whatever you pay attention to will grow, and what you ignore will fade away.
|Walking towards the East Fork river|
|East Fork Carson River|
|Hot spring tributary at sunrise|
“Revolutions have two phases: first comes a struggle for freedom, then a struggle for power. The first makes the human spirit soar and brings out the best in people. The second unleashes the worst: envy, intrigue, greed, suspicion and the urge for revenge.”
– Adam Michik, Historian
|My Samsung phone, because I’m too cheap for an iPhone|
|Li Na, tennis champion|
“When I started playing tennis, I was just a neighborhood kid with an after-school hobby, not realizing what magical journey lay ahead of me. If I only knew what a vehicle the sport of tennis, along with my success, would become for my beloved China. While my journey hasn’t been easy, it has been rewarding. I’ve seen change happening in front of my eyes, young girls picking up tennis racquets, setting goals, following their hearts and believing in themselves. I hope that I’ve had the opportunity to inspire young women all over China to believe in themselves, to set their goals high and pursue them with vengeance and self-belief.
Whether you want to be a tennis player, a doctor, a lawyer, a teacher or a business leader, I urge you to believe in yourself and follow your dream. If I could do it, you can too! Be the bird that sticks out. With hard work, your dreams will come true.”
– Li Na, reigning Australian Open winner