This is my periodic collection of exceptional posts, good books, and helpful resources to help you live the best life possible. Enjoy!
Archives for April 2014
An extraordinary life doesn’t result from worldly achievement, the fulfillment of your own passions or fleeting ecstatic experiences. If you reflect deeply, you’ll see each of these is a temporary state of affairs.
What might look extraordinary from the outside – like incredible financial wealth – may actually be wracked with internal pain and sorrow. An impressive job title or higher rung on the corporate ladder can be snatched away in a moment, especially in these financially unstable times. Of course, it’s wonderful if you can follow your passion, but is it healthy to think obsessively about yourself?
Kindness: The Powerful Alternative for an Extraordinary Life
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ― Desmond Tutu
I believe kindness lies at the heart of an extraordinary life. Kindness is a powerful alternative to the get ahead philosophy of life, which won’t matter much when death arrives.
Imagine extra time and energy, the chance to pay down debt, deeper connections, better health, improved quality of life, more meaning and purpose, less stress, and honoring the environment for a start. These are just some of the benefits you can gain by embracing simplicity.
When you engage in simplicity, you’ll naturally begin to think about what really matters in life. Hence, simplicity can be an incomparable path of personal transformation as well.
I wouldn’t wait a moment if you feel called to simplify. Like Joshua Becker and his family, you might discover that the “abundant life is actually found in owning less.”
Do you feel disconnected from your body or cut up into separate parts with a few numb or missing?
One way to avoid the body is by talking non-stop in conversation with others and with yourself, too. I often see this when I visit the nearby hot pond. Many people chatter away the entire time they’re present. They don’t take a second to be still and soak in the sensation of being in the water or the sights and sounds around them.
On the other end of the spectrum, you may be obsessed with your body. Women, in particular, are conditioned to spend endless amounts of time, energy and money shopping for makeup and the right clothes. Now, marketers push men in the same direction. How you look may have become your identity. But, typically this leads to constant discontentment.