Thoughts to Ponder – 2

1. Introduction

This newsletter finds us in the midst of another series of articles. What I am doing this time around is taking all the bits and pieces I have laying around, and threading them together for your consideration. I got a good deal of wonderful feedback on my first set of questions last newsletter, so I thought, “Why not?”.

Christmas is sneaking up on us. Please don’t overdo yourself!
In Japan, the average person, child or adult, only receives one, or two gifts at the most. I really like it that way!

Regards,
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You can use your mind to bend reality!

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2. Questions to Ponder 2

Once again, the task at hand is to give your primary attention to your breathing, and just let these questions float past you.
It will likely seem that some of these questions are more important for you than others. Once you have a sense of the most important questions for you, you can work on coming up with the answers over time.
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Have you stopped to consider that you might need to let go of the life you have planned, so you can engage in the life that is waiting for you?

Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche said, “On the day you were born, you begin to die. Do not waste a single moment more.”

If you are not prepared to die, chances are you are not fully prepared to live.

Do you worry about getting older?

“Wisdom, Integrity, Compassion, Wit,
These aren’t the virtues of youth.
They’re qualities earned through years of hard choices,
Brave decisions,
Bold ideas,
And when these qualities are present in a person,
Others see a life well lived.”
Taken from a “Crown” Birthday Card

The older you get, the more you will realize just how short your lifespan is. The exesses you refrain from taking part in today, will make your life just a little bit longer, and a lot more fulfilling.

Realizing that you only have a limited time to live, do you feel like you are spending your time wisely?

Life is short, so it is best to move slowly.

Arthur Schopenhauer said, “After your death you will be what you were before your birth.”

Are you afraid that you will never be successful?

“To laugh often and much,
To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children,
To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends,
To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition,
To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, What better way could there be to measure success?”

Are you missing out on life, by spending most of your time trying to be successful?

Are you perhaps even reducing your life expectancy trying to “get ahead”?

What would you do differently if you knew nobody would judge you for following your heart?

Have you realized yet that being true to your heart’s desires takes a lot of courage?

Instead of lamenting your past, what would your life be like if you focused on making the most of what you have now?

If you find yourself complaining about how much work it will take to achieve your desired goal, then almost certainly you will never achieve your goal. Most anything truly worth achieving will not come easily. Which is all the more reason to work hard.

If happiness was the currency of your realm, what kind of activities and relationships would make you wealthy?

The world isn’t what it is. The world, and thus your life, is what you make it.

Are you ready to stop comparing yourself to others, and appreciate who you are?

“’I am not you,
I am something like you,
I am nothing but you.”

Or, as E. E Cummings said,
To be nobody but yourself,
In a world which is doing its best night and day to make you everybody else,
Means to fight the hardest battle anyone can ever fight,
And never stop fighting.

Think first about how far you have come, before considering how far you feel you still need to go.

Socrates said, “To do is to be.”
Plato said, “To be is to do.”
LaoTsu said, “The way to do is to be.”

If not now, then when?

Regards,

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