– A.A. Milne
A little throwback from childhood to remind us that every day should be our favorite day.
What makes something our favorite? It could be new and exciting. It could be comfortable and familiar. It could be short and sweet or long and everlasting. The best thing about a “favorite” is that it is as unique as we are.
Fill each day with comfort and familiarity. Surround yourself with new and exciting things. Do something every day that makes it feel like your favorite.
The best is yet to come because the past is just for learning from.
– Mae West
Let yourself overdose on joy. Find your bliss, let it fill each day, and find yourself floating from one thing you love to the next. Too much of a good thing can be wonderful– do not talk yourself out of happiness.
Take the good that finds you, and when it does, do not limit yourself. Moderation is nothing in the face of soul-stirring joy.
– Hafiz of Persia
Do yourself a favor. Stop running. Let happiness catch you.
Congrats grads! I’m a sucker for commencement speeches, and Steve Jobs delivered one of the best in 2005 at Stanford. If you’ve got 15 minutes, take a listen.
– Mike Tyson
Yet another great quote from my Life is good Playmakers training.
The past few weeks have certainly sent some punches my way. It seemed that for a while I couldn’t avoid what was headed my way. Like a boxer who has met a very powerful opponent, my vision was blurred stopping me from seeing the next punch and particularly the good that was still around me.
Just because a detour appears when you are driving does not mean that your final destination disappears.
Just because you face one, two, a hundred punches doesn’t mean that you won’t still win the fight.
You can win. Keep those gloves up and keep fighting for the good. Remind yourself that a plan is only that: a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something.**
**Nowhere in the definition does it say GUARANTEE.
Plans change. Roads close. You can still get where you want to. All you need is enough fight and perseverance to see yourself through the punches and the detours.
Don’t worry. You’ll get there.
– Albert Einstein
It was sitting in the grand ballroom of a Marriott in Boston that I heard this quote for the first time. I was surrounded by a group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to working with children. We were there to regain some of our playfulness and bring this energy and other techniques we had learned to help children dealing with trauma. It was this weekend in which I became a Life is good Playmaker. It is my hope that future interactions and involvement with such an amazing group will bring even more enlightenment to my teaching and towards my writing for all of you.
It was in my usual fashion that I received this quote: I copied it down knowing that I would use it to motivate myself. I hope this week you might use it to motivate yourself as well.
Sometimes in life, we forget what is most important to us. Whether it is family, friends, a passion for our life’s work or simply doing what is best for ourselves and each other, we lose it. Unfortunately, it is often with this loss of importance that we can lose a part of ourselves.
This week, I would like all of you to think about what is important to you. Start by making (and keeping) a list of what is important to you. These things could be the people that are most important to you. If spending time with family is important, make it a priority. Just because you put something on the top of a to-do list does not mean it is important. You must actually make an effort. If you are not willing to put forth the time towards it, ask yourself… Is it really that important? If it is, make time for it. If not, make a change. These things could be choices you have made in order to be a better, stronger person. Regardless of how you categorize them, you should spend a few minutes deciding what is most important to you. Make those things most important this week. Even if you only focus on one thing this week or one of these each day, you are already making a conscious effort to keep the important thing(s) the important thing.
I encourage those of you who feel comfortable to share what they hold most important. As sense of accountability can be a great motivator to hold yourself accountable.
I wish all of you a week of astounding hope and continue progress as you work to keep the important thing(s) the important thing. Please remember one very important thing: YOU ARE IMPORTANT, TOO. In this training, I was reminded that if I did not have joy myself, I could not spread joy to others. Be sure to remind yourself of your own importance so that you can work towards creating a more joyful, meaningful life this week.
Love and Light,