Hello everyone, I hope I find you all well and rested from the weekend?
I have to tell you that I had a lovely weekend of rest and relaxation with my wonderful family. I did think this weekend was going to be a bit of a let down, as we had no plans, and after the busy weekend we had last week for my birthday, I thought it might fall a bit flat. As it was I spent Saturday morning catching up on chores (not so exiting, I know, but the end result always fills me with a sense of achievement and pride), then I snuggled up on the sofa with my youngest daughter and ‘the hubby’ to watch a good film, followed by a scrummy dinner. Sunday was just as lazy. Tea with a friend in the morning while hubby was at the gym (I’m not allowed at the moment because of my ongoing back problem), pruning and weeding in the garden (I love spending time in my garden, even if I am working), we cooked a delicious Sunday roast, we all watched another film (Disney’s Beauty and the Beast! I highly recommend it if you haven’t already watched it) and generally lazing about like a sloth!
Oh, I also had a couple of lovely walks with the beast that is Archie (see below).
Aside from general slothing about for most of the weekend I did read two wonderful books. The first was As a Man Thinketh by James Allen, the second was The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale. Both books I have read before and shall definitely read again. The Strangest Secret was originally an audio recording that has since been transferred to eBook format but can still be listened to in it’s original format.
What I love about both of these books is their simplicity. There are no airs and graces, no pretence to be anything other than what they are. Straightforward, simple messages, that are as profound today as they were when they were first published (or, in the case of The Strangest Secret, recorded).
One of my other favourite books to read is The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D Wattles. This is another book I return to regularly. All three remind me that I have the power, WE have the power, to be, do or have, whatever our hearts desire. All we have to do is believe. Everything that is in our life now is there because of a thought we had in the past. Everything, good and bad, is here due to our own making. We have the power to create our lives and shape them any way we choose. It is us who control our destiny, not fate or our friends and family, not politicians or our employers, we are the masters of our universe and we have to take responsibility for that once and for all!
In James Allen’s book he talks about the affect thought has on our lives. How it affects our health, our jobs, our relationships and our surroundings. It is a great reminder that we must take more responsibility for our thoughts, for we are the only ones who can control them. It is us who decides if we have good thoughts or bad thoughts. It is us who decides our fate by choosing pure or impure thought processes. What we have created as our lives is solely down to us. If we do not like what we see we must change the way we think in order to change the results we get. No man can think for another. No man can impress his thoughts into anothers mind to change the way he thinks or acts. Only we can change who we are and how we think and ultimately what we create.
“Thoughts of doubt and fear never accomplished anything, and never can. They always lead to failure. Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in……….He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.”
“As he thinks, so he is; as he continues to think, so he remains.”
“A strong man cannot help a weaker unless that weaker is willing to be helped, and even the the weaker man must become strong of himself; he must, by his own efforts, develop the strength which he admires in another. None but himself can alter his condition.”
It is time we take stock of our lives and what we have created. Have we achieved all we wanted to achieve? Are we happy with our lot? Do we feel good about what we have and how we came by it? Now that is a question!
For if to achieve all that we can we have betrayed and hurt others, used our fellow man to meet our own gain, then we will never be happy. No matter how many riches we may gain or how much success we might have, if it is attained by devious means then it will haunt us for all our days. We will suffer in other ways, as the impurity of our thoughts and actions must come back to us. It is the law of the universe. What we think, we become. It cannot be that we have wicked thoughts and actions and not receive results pertaining to those thoughts and actions. Be sure, that in the search for greatness, you always hold your fellow man close to your heart. We are all born with a life purpose and that purpose should be for the greater good of all. We must all work together to help one another, work to improve not only our lives but the lives of others. To share in our knowledge and abundance for the good of all, there can be no greater blessing. I am not saying that you should give away all that you have worked so hard for or that you should feel guilt at your success. I am saying that what you do should in some way or another be for the good of others, as well as yourself.
We live in an age where we want everything and we want it now. Everything we have ever desired is at the tip of our fingers. There is no waiting, no anticipation. Everything is instant. Because of this we have lost the joy in what we have. Sure we have fleeting moments of excitement when something new arrives but it doesn’t last long and then we are looking for the next quick fix to feed our ego and stroke our materialistic desires.
One of the things I read over the weekend is something that touches me every time I read it. The words are so simple but so true. It is something we all forget, especially in the throw away society we have created for ourselves where even the most expensive trinket is but a disposable toy, easily replaced by the next big thing.
“Everything that’s really worthwhile in life came to us for free: our mind, our soul, our body, our hopes, our dreams, our ambitions, our intelligence, our love of family and children and friends. All these priceless possessions are free, but the things that cost us money are actually very cheap and can be replaced at any time.” – Earl Nightingale
These words never fail to touch my soul. How true they are. For we strive to achieve money, fame, success, material possessions beyond our wildest dreams; but these are but worthless idealism’s if we do not first appreciate what was given to us for free. For me the most priceless of them all is the love of my family. For without the giving and receiving of love we are but a shell, empty and worthless. Love is the starting point for all good thought. For when we start with love, our intention is love and our thoughts and actions reflect that, therefore what we get back, by universal law, can only be good.
Love and happiness