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When things just fall into place

When things just fall into place

99% of the time when you are working towards a goal it’s a grind. Day in and day out you wake up to the same struggle; you are forced to make the same sacrifices over and over again, you look at yourself in the mirror each day and face the somber reality that failure IS an option and if you don’t work hard enough it may be what happens. Working towards your dreams can be soul-wrenching, difficult, and at times it may look like everything in the universe is poised against you. The high probability of low probability events states that there are an infinite number of low probability events that could happen at each moment. It may not be likely that you will go out today and turn the key in your car ignition for your car not to start…but with all the car accidents, health problems, deaths, business calamities, inter-personal catastrophes, fights, and other troubles in the world… there is a VERY good chance that something bad is going to happen to you everyday. Not everything that happens will be bad though… although we may have small trials that we face every single day there are also small victories, and then every once and while something GREAT will happen.   Sometimes great things that you didn’t plan for happen  Maybe you get a great job offer, you make a huge sale, you inherit some money, you make a great investment, or you meet the love of your life…and suddenly everything just falls into place for a while. When good things happen to us it tunes our minds...
Why trying to save your lover can end up being relationship suicide

Why trying to save your lover can end up being relationship suicide

Have you ever heard the advice to never try to save a drowning person by trying to hold them up yourself? If you have ever tried to hold up someone that is drowning then you will know why people say it. When someone has trouble treading water they will grab onto anything nearby to try and stay afloat-even if that thing happens to be you. A lot of people drown each year from trying to help someone else that is drowning and then they end up getting grabbed onto and pulled under as well. It’s a scary experience, but it’s the best way I know to illustrate the point that sometimes trying to do things for someone else can get you pulled into trouble too.   Problem 1 with trying to help your partner- The resistance principle Usually if you tell someone they need help the very first thing they will do-automatically- is launch into a rebuttal explaining why they are perfectly fine the way that they are. I like to call this the resistance principle. Any time you offer help to someone or tell them that they need help, they will almost always deny your help or needing help. People with any level of self respect and esteem naturally want to believe that they are capable of operating efficiently on their own, and this quality often causes them to refuse help- even if they really do need it. Unless your partner is asking for your help or unless they really desire it, chances are trying to help is only going to push your partner away from you. Most people...
20 of Buddha’s best quotes about life

20 of Buddha’s best quotes about life

1. Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment 2. Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. 3. Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared. 4. To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one’s family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one’s own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him. Your mind is your greatest weapon. Invest in your mind each day and reap the rewards that follow. Double tap if you agree! A photo posted by @makeyourbestself on Sep 21, 2015 at 4:27pm PDT 5. The mind is everything. What you think you become. 6. Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. 7. There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. 8. Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without. 9. No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path. 10. It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell. 11....
How consumerism is killing you: and the radical alternative that could save your life

How consumerism is killing you: and the radical alternative that could save your life

When it comes to productivity, most people could stand to become more productive and efficient with their time, yet as a culture, America has gone so far down the wrong path towards getting things done. Why is it today, in the advanced stages of our technology that we work longer hours than ever before? Way back in the 1930s, respected economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that, because of the astounding progress of technology, that the work week would someday be reduced to just 15 hours per week. Other great thinkers of his time followed suit and supported this view, and yet America recently clocked in with a staggering 46.7 hour work week in 2014. What happened to John Keynes predictions that we would soon be burdened with the task of finding what to do with so much more spare time? Did technology fail us, or just maybe… did we fail ourselves? Why do workers in countries like Germany work almost 400 hours less per year than American workers, yet still celebrate the world’s 4th largest economy? Is all the pressure of the American culture to stay on top, lead the pack, and be number 1 causing us to falter, or is there something much deeper and darker at work in our daily lives? In a country where you are assigned a number at birth, plugged into the tax system, and expected to purchase more than everyone else around you in order to determine your own self worth, is it any wonder that we often sacrifice our own lives and happiness to make something of ourselves?   Consumerism as a...
Why do we take our health for granted?

Why do we take our health for granted?

A question I find myself asking all the time is this: why do people take their health for granted? I guess the answer is probably multi-faceted, like most things in life there isn’t usually one single and solitary reason for why things are the way that they are. Some of the contributors to this tendency to neglect our health are: our fixation on getting more, having more, and doing more…our tendency to believe that what we have will last forever (false sense of security), and our tendency to look past the things that we get easily. When you are young and healthy the truth is you probably won’t even consider your health, but as things start going downhill the real truth often settles in; we don’t all live forever…and the actions that you take today will determine your health later on down the road.   People want to have, do, and get more! In a world of endless distraction, stimulation, and possibilities our simple minds often become fixated on chasing instant gratification and immediate rewards. We choose the easy thing that we get now rather than choosing the road of sacrifice that pays off later. It’s the same reasoning why people would rather spend their 2000 dollars in savings on a risky financial investment than keep it in savings and keep saving each month. People want results now, and in a world where it feels better to skip the gym and eat junk food, people will often tend to pick the easy way out. Why would you want to do things the hard way, why would you want to...

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