The center of wisdom
Show me a sign
Ever been to a restaurant with pages and pages of menu items, and noticed how much harder it is to decide what you want to eat? It's the classic paralysis of analysis phenomenon--too many choices.
Yet, we often mistake having lots of options in life with ultimate freedom.
Transformational comedian Kyle Cease has a hilarious bit that I've seen him do a couple of times at The Shine:
"You ask the Universe to show you a sign that you should leave your job... and the next thing you know you're driving down Leave-Your-Job Blvd, and you're like, 'I wonder if that was a sign.'"
I run into people I've taught to meditate almost on a daily basis around my neighborhood. And most of the time, I'll ask them how their meditation practice is going. You know, if they meditated that morning? And if they haven't been consistent, they'll usually mumble something about needing to come back and see me for a refresher...
Mother Teresa's* Anyway poem was recently shared with me by my dear friend Naomi:
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;...
In the shadows of the King
I've never had a workout that I regretted. I've never had a meditation that I wish I had skipped. I've never stood up for someone and felt bad for doing so. I've never taken a hot bath and afterwards felt like I should've just had a shower. I've never spent quality time with my family and wished I was working instead.
If you want happiness
Bayard met 25-year old Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1956 to help strategize the Montgomery bus boycott.
At the time, 44-year old Bayard was a seasoned activist who had survived a mountain of adversity...
The importance of "no"
I love this Chinese proverb:
If you want happiness for an hour -- take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day -- go fishing...
For much of my professional life, I've been a people pleaser.
It's only in the last handful of years that I began to realize how, by saying "yes" to work that I didn't feel completely aligned with (in order to please someone else), I was spreading myself too thin, I was perpetually busy, and I was essentially saying "no" to my own dreams and desires...