I am beyond irritated…considering I have just spent the last hour plus writing a blog post… and losing it! And what was it about? keeping good thoughts in my mind! Ha! Makes me think of that Alanis Morrisett song ” And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think? It’s like rain on your wedding day/ It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid/ it’s the good advice that you just didn’t take/ who would’ve thought…it figures”.
But I am going to plug along with another version because I am DETERMINED to make writing good thoughts a daily habit…no matter what!
Some thoughts deserve a permanent place in my mind. Even if the words are under my left eyebrow, or tucked away behind my ear or stuck deep in a fold of my cortex…some ideas are so meaningful that they need to be kept easily accessable…ready to be pulled out, grab ahold of, whenever needed. Truths that I already know…but my dear friends, KNOWING something and acting like I know something are two very different things indeed. This morning is a prime example. I woke up at 6am as usual not in the best frame of mind…as usual. It was cold and dark and Monday and I had to get kids off to school and get a lot done today myself. “Ugghhh!” or “Arrggg!” is what I thought…not “Hooray, Hooray!”
I don’t know how it is that I can KNOW something and then act like I know nothing. Bible verses and songs can be useful to reel me back from the abyss of Grumpdom or worse. Some quotes from famous speakers or preachers or books can help fill me back up with thoughts to meditate on to get back into at least better place. That is what I am attempting to do!
Today I will share some quotes with you that I believe are so powerful that they should be thoughts for a way of life. Yes, thoughts for living each day…ways to stay in a “good” place…on a “happy bus”… something that digs deeper than the usual…deep enough to give good seeds a place to grow solid roots.
These chosen quotes today come from The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino. If you haven’t read it, please do. It has a story, a plot, that you will completely not expect. I hope that you will enjoy reading some of the words from the book as much as I did the first time…and as much as I do each and every time I reread them.
“Today I begin a new life.”
“Good habits are the key to success. Bad habits are the unlocked door to failure. Thus, the first law I will obey, which proceedeth all others is – I will form good habits and become their slave. As a child I was a slave to my habits, as are all grown men. I have surrendered my free will to the years of accumulated habits and the past deeds of my life have already marked out a path which threatens to imprison my future. My actions are ruled by appetite, passion, prejudice, greed, love, fear, environment, habit, and the worst of these tyrants is habit. therefore, if I must be a slave to habit let me be a slave to good habits. My bad habits must be destroyed and new furrows prepared for good seed.”
“I will greet this day with love in my heart…and how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge…And how will I speak? I will laud mine enemies and they will become friends; I will encourage my friends and they will become brothers. Always will I dig for reasons to applaud; never will I scratch for excuses to gossip. When I am tempted to criticize I will bite my tongue; when I am moved to praise I will shout from the roofs.
“Is it not so that birds, the wind, the sea and all nature speaks with the music of praise for their creator? Cannot I speak with the same music to his children? Henceforth will I remember this secret and it will change my life. I will greet this day with love in my heart.
“And how will I act? I will love all manners of men for each has qualities to be admired even though they be hidden. With love I will tear down the wall of suspicion and hate which they have built round their hearts and in its place will I build bridges so that my love may enter their souls. I will love the ambitious for they can inspire me! I will love the failures for they can teach me. I will love the kings for they are but human; I will love the meek for they are divine. I will love the rich for they are lonely; I will love the poor for they are so many. I will love the young for the faith they hold; I will love the old for the wisdom they share. I will love the beautiful for their eyes of sadness; I will love the ugly for their souls of peace.
“I will greet this day with love in my heart. But how will I react to the actions of others? With love. For just as love is my weapon to open the hearts of men, love is also my shield to repulse the arrows of hate and the spears of anger. Adversity and discouragement will beat against my new shield and become as the softest of rains…it will uplift me in moments of despair yet it will calm me in time of exultation. It will become stronger and more protective with use…
“I will greet this day with love in my heart. And how will I confront each whom I meet? In only one way. I silence and to myself I will address him and say I Love You. Though spoken in silence these words will shine in my eyes, unwrinkled my brow, bring a smile to my lips, and echo in my voice; and his heart will be opened,,,
“I will greet this day with love in my heart… Never will I overindulge the requests of my flesh, rather I will cherish my body with cleanliness and moderation. Never will I allow my mind to be attracted to evil and despair, rather I will uplift it with the knowledge and wisdom of the ages. Never will I allow my soul to become complacent and satisfied, rather I will feed it with meditation and prayer. Never will I allow my heart to become small and bitter, rather I will share it and it will grow and warm the earth.
“I will greet this day with love in my heart. Henceforth will I love all mankind. From this moment all hate is let from my veins for I have not time to hate, only time to love…”
This is an ideal…but one worth striving for. I will likely fail everyday…sometimes before my feet hit the floor…sometimes by breakfast…if I am lucky I might get to afternoon. It’s ok. I can forgive myself because I know God forgives me. I want to meditate on this. As Queen Latifah sings in the movie “Joyful Noise”: “Fix me Jesus, fix me…fix me for my home on high…fix me for the by and by…fix me for my starry crown…fix me for a higher ground…Fix me, Jesus, fix me.” I am a work in progress. I know it. I admit it. I am glad of it because progress is better than the alternative. I will strive.