Thoughts For The Day

Thoughts Born

“You were born with potential.You were born with goodness and trust.You were born with ideals and dreams.You were born with greatness.You were born with wings.You are not meant for crawling, so don’t.You have wings.Learn to use them and fly.”  ~ Rumi

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

When we come into this world, we are a clean palette, looking at the world with innocent eyes, and taking at face value what we see and experience every day. And, every single day is a learning experience, another opportunity to learn to talk, walk, play, and figure out which shape fits into which hole on the toy thingy. It is unfortunate that as we grow up, we are ever faced with the negative aspects of life, and, by the time we are adults, we have completely forgotten the innocence, the belief in goodness, the trust, and the wide-eyed wonder we were born with. Seek to re-discover those lost gifts, if even just a little bit. Dare to remember the wings you were born with and the belief that you could fly.

Thoughts Humor

“Through humor you can soften some of the blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you survive it.”  ~ Bill Cosby

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

A few months after I started this blog, I realized I was writing about a great many deep thoughts and issues…and when I “made a joke” people laughed and found relief. So, I started the now regular Wednesday “Hump Day Humor” post…to give everyone a mid-week break. I get comments from people who share how much they needed that chuckle. I firmly believe that comic relief feeds the soul, and gives it a needed respite. As Bill Cosby says, humor softens the blows life hurls at us, and relieves some of that stress they cause. Even if circumstances in your life are hard and worrisome…find a way to find some laughter in your day and give yourself that gift. It is amazing how far a funny moment can take you!

Thoughts Wink

“A gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles.”  ~ William Hazlitt

MarDrags’ Thoughts:

Give it a try. Smile on purpose. Say a kind word. Open a door. Do random acts of kindness. Especially if you wake for the day in a disgruntled mood…actively do these things and see how your mood and your day changes. Most important of all…start by doing these things…to and for yourself! Smile at yourself in the mirror. You deserve a good-natured wink and a kind word. Who better to give it, than you!

Blessings!

The Making of Decisions

 

“Crying is all right in its own way while it lasts. But you have to stop sooner or later, and then you still have to decide what to do.”  ~ C.S. Lewis

“I must have a prodigious amount of mind; it takes me as much as a week, sometimes, to make it up!”  ~ Mark Twain

“Waiting hurts. Forgetting hurts. But not knowing which decision to take can sometimes be the most painful.”  ~ Jose N. Harris

“The problem, simply put, is that we cannot choose everything simultaneously. So we live in danger of becoming paralyzed by indecision, terrified that every choice might be the wrong choice.”  ~ Elizabeth Gilbert

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”  ~ Michelle Obama

“Whatever you decide, don’t let it be because you don’t think you have a choice.”  ~ Hannah Harrington

“Truly successful decision-making relies on a balance between deliberate and instinctive thinking.”  ~ Malcolm Gladwell

“At various points in our lives, or on a quest, and for reasons that often remain obscure, we are driven to make decisions which prove with hindsight to be loaded with meaning.”  ~ Swami Satchidananda

from The Desk of MarDrag:

Being true to this week’s theme of Problems and Decisions, today’s post touches ever deeper about those most important choices we make. We are faced with the dilemma of Decisions every day…from small ones such as what to eat for breakfast, to those earth shattering life altering ones like career moves, family dynamics and what spiritual steps to take in our lives. Some Decisions we make spontaneously, and some we pour a great deal of thought and consideration into, hoping that we are making correct Decisions that are best for our lives. And sometimes…there are those Decisions that fall flat, and are not the right ones.

But, we cannot hold on to those. We must learn from them, and consider the true reasons why we made them, and then let them go as we keep and integrate the knowledge we gained from them so we do not make the same mis-take again.

And then there is the dilemma of avoiding making a Decision at all, which brings its own brand of difficulty with it.

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The thing is…we have been making Decisions since we first started to notice our surroundings and conditions after birth. Back then, our decisions were made about immediate circumstances and there was an innocence about those Decisions. We saw and felt things, and made choices based on the truth of what we saw and felt. As we grew older, influences from so many other areas started to reach us, and we started to question our Decisions. As an adult, we may have learned through all of that not to trust our inner Decision-making voice.

If we could go back to that innocence…that trust of our initial feelings and perceptions…then I think we can make Decisions that are based in truth and therefore, the best Decisions for us. We need to consider all aspects of a situation to make a good Decision, but we can also take too much consideration and talk ourselves right out of a proper or timely Decision, or frighten ourselves into making no Decision at all.

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So, consider what it would mean if we reflected on that innocence and made Decisions from the wide-eyed clarity that it brings. If we peel back all the layers of “stuff” and judgments and fears we have accumulated over the years, and looked at every problem with that uncomplicated innocence and absolute truth, then we would be far more apt to make the best choices from the clearest place. Innocence is simplicity, purity, and honesty…and the Decisions we are to make about our lives deserve to be considered in those terms…for it is our Wiser Voice who wants the best for us. And it is we and our Conscious Minds that resist and justify.

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FEEL your truth, feel the simplicity of the truth of the matter…and your Decisions will flow with ease…purely and honestly.

Blessings!