More thoughts to living a better, happier and simpler life. Credits to 2013 Belle de Jour Power Planner.
CELEBRATE YOUR MISTAKES
Most of us feel bad when we make mistakes, beat ourselves up about it, feel like failures, get mad at ourselves.
And that’s only natural: most of us have been taught from a young age that mistakes are bad, that we should try to avoid mistakes. We’ve been scolded when we make mistakes — at home, school and work. Maybe not always, but probably enough time to make feeling bad about mistakes an unconscious reaction.
Yet without mistakes, we could not learn or grow.
Mistakes are how we learn to do something new — because if you succeed at something, it’s probably something you knew how to do. You haven’t really grown much from that success– at most it’s the last step on your journey, not the whole journey. Most of the journey was made up of mistakes, if it’s a good journey.
So, if you value learning, if you value growing and improving, then you should value mistakes. They are amazing things that make a world of brilliance possible.
Celebrate your mistakes. Cherish them. Smile.
CREATING SILENCE FROM CHAOS
We are often afraid of silence, because its emptiness feels idle, boring, unproductive and scary. And so, we fill our lives with chaos, noise, clutter.
But silence can be lovely, therapeutic and powerful. It can be the remedy for our stress and the habits that crush us. If we want quiet in our lives, how do we create it?
Prefer subtraction over addition.
Learn to be content with little, or nothing.
Realize that silence is beautiful.
Find yourself in the empty space that results.
Empty a room, and put almost nothing back except that which produces quiet.
Speak less, listen more, contemplate even more.
Walk in silence. Watch the leaves quiver, fall in silence, whisper in the wind.
Sit and do nothing. Listen to your mind make noise in the silence, allow it to subside.
Eschew video, ipods, books, the internet, mobile devices, social networks and other purveyors of noise.
Be quiet, so that life may speak.
They all sound too good to be true, no? I know. But I believe, it is just a matter of mind set and perspective. Really. Like you, I’m also battling with a lot of thoughts. Of course it’s not easy. But taking a slow process one at a time will lead us to living happily and content. Our world is so complicated already. Our minds are easily influenced by whatever we see, hear around us. We easily get bothered, shaken, pressured. I wanted to help in my own little way. These readings might help us bring back the simplicity of life and to staying positive. Chill lang, ika nga. *insert Kendrick Lamar’s Alright*
Thanks for reading. Til next time. Cheers! Smile.