“The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth’ and so it goes away.” – Robert M. Pirsig
An old proverb says that diligence is the mother of good luck—that if we work hard, luck will come our way. Sometimes being lucky also means noticing the opportunities that arise unexpectedly around us, such as chance encounters, coincidences, serendipity, synchronicities—and capitalizing on them. These occurrences could help open the door to fortuitous experiences. If we focus elsewhere instead, or don’t put too much faith in the relevance of these moments, we could be missing out on significant opportunities.
How can you make the most of the opportunities that are presented to you? Is there anything—a message, an encounter, a possibility—that you may be overlooking?
“Nutrition has a profound impact on practically all the leading causes of disease in Western societies.” – David Servan-Schreiber
Live to eat or eat to live? In our hurried lives, we often mindlessly—quickly and automatically—devour our food. We may choose unhealthy but fast options, because we’re in a hurry; and we may opt for a sugar-rich snack to overcome fatigue that was induced by too much sugar earlier on. Nourishing ourselves may be one of the most important things we can do to help maintain good health.
When you make your food choices, do you tend to treat your body with respect? Beyond eating more healthy foods, how can you remind yourself to eat in a healthier manner, more slowly and mindfully?
“The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.” – George Eliot
Our 24/7 interconnected world encourages us to do more activities, have more things, be more available. The speed and intensity of modern life often prevents us from enjoying what we are doing in the present. After all, if we are just biding our time for the next moment, aspiration, communication, how can we ever savor this one? Slowing down enables us to enjoy our present activity and truly appreciate life’s richness.
Rather than rushing through it all, how can you take the time to savor life?
“There’s plenty out there and enough to spare for everybody. An Abundance Mentality involves sharing prestige, recognition, profits, and decision making. It opens possibilities, options, alternatives, and creativity.” – Stephen R. Covey
Our culture sometimes seems to place a premium on winning at all costs—knocking down the competition, fighting to the end—rather than on cooperation. There are many situations where, rather than us winning and others losing, we can both win. And when we create a win-win situation, we benefit a great deal more, in the long term, than when we gain the upper hand in a win-lose situation. Win-win results create the basis for future cooperation and growth.
When faced with a competitive situation, do you focus on defeating the other or do you seek the win-win outcome?
“Vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness, but it appears that it’s also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love.” – Brené Brown
Most people have both a public and a private persona. When we are around others, we show a certain side of ourselves; when we are alone, we express another. But sometimes, if we are afraid of being judged and rejected, we create a public persona that is intended to make others like us, but which is false and inauthentic. The irony is that the very thing we are afraid of—that others will hurt or reject us – we actually do to ourselves by pretending to be someone we are not. Being inauthentic, in the long run, lowers our self-esteem, while expressing ourselves truthfully, which takes risk and courage, ultimately makes us stronger.
Rather than impress and conceal your true self, where and how can you express and reveal?