Life is what you make it but it only occurs in the present: NOW. No one forces us to do anything, but every decision that we make has an impact on the quality of our present moment.
Success is a state of mind! and not only of mind but also of body and soul…
Successful men and women become successful because they acquire the habit of thinking in terms of success. Get the success habit in the small circumstances you control, and soon you’ll be controlling the bigger ones. -Napoleon Hill (“Think and Grow Rich”)
How can we get to that state of mind?
The past should only equal= great memories and experiences while the future should contain our dreams and hopes…
You do not believe me? Ask Viktor E. Frankl. He was put into the most limiting conditions that a human been can experience: in a concentration camp during the second world war, but still under this situation and under constant pain and suffering, his memories, experiences, dreams and hopes, kept him alive.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. -Viktor E. Frankl
How right was Einstein! , once again.
He wrote this in 1930 in a letter to his son Eduard, who was suffering from schizophrenia and had been internalized in a mental hospital. From this quote we can read that he was quite aware that the present is all there is and that each of our decisions, which all occur in the present moment, are what will keep us in balance. On the other hand indecisiveness, lack of direction (purpose in life) and action will put us out of balance. So by balance I also mean balance in what we eat, do, say and think and also it is about having enough time to work, laugh, love, learn, rest…
Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value. Albert Einstein
Besides action and balance, which were beautifully synthesized by our friend Albert, there is another key element that will define our success, happiness and quality of life: INTEGRITY
Integrity, meaning being consistent with who we are and having the values that will allow us to live in harmony within our infinite and abundant Universe.
The level of integrity in every one of our decisions, actions and thoughts in the now, will determine the quality of life in our future now. In other words again: Life is what you make it NOW and success is a state of mind.
I will finish this post with a quote by Mahatma Gandhi that inspires integrity in our daily life:
Politics without principles,
Pleasure without conscience,
Wealth without work,
Wisdom without character,
Business without ethics,
Science without humanity and
Prayer without charity.
Life has shown me that people are friendly if I am kind; people are sad if I am sad; people love me if I love them; people are mean if I hate them; people smile if I smile; people scowl if I am scowling; that the world is happy if I am happy; that people get mad if I am mad; that people are grateful if I show gratitude. Life is like a mirror; if I smile, the mirror returns the smile. The same attitude I have towards life is what life will have towards me.
He who wishes to be loved, must love first.
So now I invite you to take your bicycle and take a good ride :) don’t forget to enjoy and fully experience all the little and simple things in life because it is within them that our true wealth lies.
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