Archive for September 2015
We all define freedom differently. While one person claims to have great freedom, another person claims to have very little. This means that perception is a major factor in how autonomous one feels.
The truth is that we all live within the parameters of a societal structure. The world is a big place with many different social and political circumstances. Every geographical area has its collective way of doing things. And it is within this context that we experience our own sense of liberty.
Each personality has a unique way of being in the world. One person feels comfortable with strict rules and structure, and another person feels smothered by this. Naturally, there are variations within this spectrum.
For the most part, freedom depends on the choices one makes within the boundaries of where one lives. So I ask, does freedom begin in one’s mind, or does it begin in the outside world?
It is easy to be honest when the occasion is positive and relaxed. But being honest in a more complex situation is not so simple.
Yet sincerity is a quality most people like and respect. Sincerity shows others you have integrity.
Open communication requires consideration and tact. Choose the right words and the right tone of voice.
When you say what you mean and mean what you say, your words can be trusted. Uphold a high standard for yourself, and others will value your input.
Comparing one item to another or one situation to another can be a useful approach to effective decision making. However, when it comes to comparing yourself to others, this can be a very limiting behavior.
You are unique with your own talents, skills, and abilities as well as your own life experiences. No two people are exactly alike, not even twins!
Therefore, the most satisfying thing you can do for yourself is to define and follow your own journey. If you judge or envy another person, you only put obstacles in your way.
Comparing yourself to other people is a waste of your time and energy. It takes away from your own personal fulfillment and success. It is better to be inspired and motivated to follow your chosen destiny!
“Health is wealth” is a familiar saying that conveys an enduring truth. Your health really is your most important asset.
Buying health insurance will cover your expenses if you become ill or have an accident. But it is not a form of prevention.
Your best kind of health insurance truly is self-care and a focus on wellness. In order to avoid illness or accident, you need to make your health a priority.
Your body and mind require nourishment and maintenance every day. Healthy food, regular exercise, and a positive mind are the best forms of protection and coverage.
Our culture is built on a system of edginess designed to create an atmosphere of social, economic, and political pressures. Some people thrive on this environment, while others detest it. Those who detest it desire a more ethical, balanced system where everyone treats each other with fairness and respect.
Treating others in a healthy and positive way includes behaving with a certain measure of generosity. We give our time, our empathy, and occasionally some of our resources.
However, there are times when others see this is a weakness rather than as a strength, and they take advantage of our generosity. That is why we also have to have good, solid boundaries. When you are able to give to others without giving away your power, it is an empowering experience for you.
You can be generous without being weak as long as you act with integrity, maintain your limits, and communicate with courtesy. This entails being true to yourself and not going past your own sense of security. It also involves paying attention to your own thoughts and feelings about the situation and not expecting others to respond and act the way you want them to.
Being generous means being kind, knowing that you are not in control of someone else’s behavior.
Whatever ventures you occupy yourself with, it is always exciting and interesting to come up with new and innovative ideas. This applies to everything we do in life, from discovering a better way to clean something, to another way of accomplishing a task, to a fresh idea for an art project.
Trying new things and improving your efforts can keep you from getting stuck in a rut. Yet every new endeavor has its foundation in what you have already done.
No matter how far you go or how high you climb, it is always essential to remember the basics. It is the fundamental aspects that set the groundwork for growth and expansion. Without the basics, you cannot successfully get from point A to point Z.
The stronger your foundation is, the stronger is your ability to accomplish your goals.
The world is a competitive and challenging place with an ever increasing population and an expanding technological network. It demands our constant attention and readiness for the problems and issues that arise each day.
Conflicts can throw us off balance if we let them.
By building personal strength and keeping a clear head, these encounters can be met with resilience and effectiveness.
It is important to maintain your edge, but to be open-minded and understanding at the same time. Staying in balance requires standing firm while handling things in a reasonable way.