I’ve been filling up my Positivity Jar with lots of positive thoughts. Occasionally, a memory, personal experience or thought that I find significant to my life will get added to my jar, but more often than not, inspirational thoughts are all around you and it’s a matter of pulling these thoughts in and keeping them in mind. I’ve been getting frequent updates from the Buddhist Boot Camp Facebook page and one that really struck me was:
The first step to living the life you want is to have the courage to say “no” to the life you don’t want… and you only have two options: make progress or make excuses. Which will it be?
That’s not to say that out of all of Timber Hawkeye’s words of wisdom did I find this one ring particularly true, but in moments of madness and the frantic pace of a cosmopolitan world, we often find ourselves working hard and forgetting about other aspects of our lives. We should never lose sight of who we become when other aspects of our lives become the sole focus, like when work gets too busy or when other commitments become more demanding.
At the end of the day, time is lost as each day goes by. Regret is a harsh lesson to learn, but it’s a lesson that will keep repeating itself until we learn from our mistakes and improve our own lives in search of internal happiness instead of material wealth. While earning a higher income can bring us some level of security and satisfaction, it does not bring you happiness if you can’t experience it because you end up working too much.
Think about what you want to achieve in life and take the steps to achieve this. Don’t let excuses and worries stop you from taking that first step forward to achieving your goals.