Editors note: I’m very pleased to announce the winner of our Blog Writing Competition - John Edmonds. I’m sure you will agree that this is a beautiful article with a very strong message; one that we can all learn from and apply in our lives. Thank you to everybody who entered the competition and thank you John for sharing your wisdom with us. Here is the article:
During my life, I’ve come to appreciate that there are three realities in life that we cannot avoid. They are:
1: We are all going to close our eyes one day and never open them again.
I don’t mean to sound morbid, but no-one can escape the ‘D’ word. It will happen and there is nothing we can do about it. However, we do have a choice:
We can waste our time worrying about things we cannot change and fearing the worst, or we can recognise that all our worries and fears are illusions and make the best use of the time we are given.
Imagine someone sitting exactly where you are right now, over two hundred years ago. What happened to their worries and fears? They dissolved into the mists of time, as yours will too.
You must realise that each day is an opportunity to enhance your life as best you can. You just have to grab it with both hands. “Carpe Diem” as they say. Seize the day! It is yours to seize. Even in the darkest of life’s situations there is always an opportunity to think positively.
2: You cannot take anything with you.
Depending upon your belief system, after death your soul will move on to some other place, but all the material possessions you claim to own will not be going with you.
Everything you think you own, including money, is actually owned by the universe. After you die all your possessions will travel into the future with a new “owner” until one day, like everything else in the universe, they deteriorate to dust.
There’s nothing wrong with wealth, but never be misled into believing that wealth is the path to happiness.
A friend once told me, “If you want to find true happiness visit the slums of India, where you will find the world’s biggest smiles on people earning less than a dollar a day!”
3: You can achieve anything you set your mind to.
You possess the ability to become anyone you imagine yourself to be, whether it’s a leader, a top athlete, a business person, an author, or a millionaire. The key words here are: ‘anyone you can imagine yourself to be.’
There’s an old saying by Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve!” meaning that if you can conceive and believe that something is possible, then it is achievable.
“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.” - Doug Firebaugh
There is no time like the present to start becoming the person you believe you can be. Conquer your self-imposed limitations and conditioning. Take a few personal development courses. They have the power to free your mind and change your life in ways that you never thought possible before.
In conclusion, you need to respect your mortality and make every day count. We all experience highs and lows, but even in low points there is an opportunity to learn and grow. “When life throws you a lemon, then make lemonade.”
If you want to be happy, you must stop seeking happiness through money and material possessions and learn to be grateful for what you already possess.
If you are not happy with who you are, then plan to become the person you want to be. Take courses and programs that enrich your life and strengthen your confidence and courage.
As somebody wisely said, “Don’t let life stamp on you. Instead put your stamp on life!”
Thanks for reading. Do you know someone who might benefit from reading this? Then please forward it on. Sharing is caring and knowledge never decreases when it is shared.
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha
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