As you will have read from various inspiration messages, there are certain guidelines to follow if you want to get the most success from your life. There are certainly a great deal of gurus and authors around to pass on the words of motivation you need. But in my opinion there are simple things to do now that do not need any great change in lifestyle and yet could make a difference.
We have already mentioned the positive influences to be found closer to home in this blog post but, like prospectors sifting the gold from river silt, there are plenty of events and words of motivation to be found in our daily lives.
It all takes a decision to enjoy the life you have while striving to achieve the life you would like.
One of the important things is to understand what you can change in life and what you cannot change. The newspapers, television and online news are full of information that is frankly of no use to us. Most of what is reported is negative and is nothing we can influence. So why worry about it?
At the end of the day, we are here to sort out our own lives, to help those close to you and do what you can to positively influence your immediate community. It may seem a strange inspirational message, but I would suggest you stay away from politics and worrying about politics (until you have to vote), as the vast majority of political bickering is negative and of no use to us whatsoever.
Too many people live their lives as if they are in a television drama or soap opera. Real life is not like that. You have almost total control of your life and can easily avoid all the confrontation and stress represented in the media. If you can, why not avoid watching it all? As Noel Coward once said, “Television is for appearing on – not for looking at.”
So where can we find the positive influences we need? Of course there are plenty of good books to be had. Another quote, this one from Groucho Marx: “I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”
Like Groucho Marx, it is very easy to find the humour in the world around us. Find a great comedy movie such as a Naked Gun film or a Carry On but also people generally are never far from cracking a wry joke. Enjoy and savour each one.
You can also find your own reasons to laugh. I am not talking about laughing at other people’s pain but rather the ridiculous situations we all get into. With the right frame of mind, silly dramas and debates can be turned into laughter and very often other people will realise how daft the situation is. Look out for opportunities to have positive fun and the reduction in stress will be as good as a dozen inspiration messages.
If you get into a situation where it is hard to see the humour, then there are four words that are worth using: This Too Shall Pass. Nothing is permanent. If you are in a difficult situation, understand that it will not last forever. You are a born survivor and everything will work out fine.
Look for the beauty in life and you will find inspiration everywhere. I have found on occasions of high stress that a visit to the garden to look at the plants and birds there brings it all into perspective. On one occasion I was stressed about money and looked out of the window. There was a group of sparrows fluttering around the top of one of the trees and they did not care about my problem. Life was carrying on as normal. It made me realise how transient the problem was.
Every day reminds us about how inspiring is the world around us. Enjoy every coincidence and spectacular storm cloud. Find inspiration messages in the rain and sun and in the wind. Become childlike in your awe of everything around you. I even found myself admiring the wheel of a new car recently, amazed at the cleverness of its design.
In the United Kingdom this year, we have good reasons to have a great attitude. Last year we watched the Royal Wedding between the now Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and this year it is the Queens Diamond Jubilee. In addition of course the Olympics and Paralympics will be held here too. As usual, there are plenty of people who will see these events as irrelevant and a waste of money when the economies of the world are struggling but in reality all these events are great opportunities to enjoy and gain inspiration messages.
Grasp every opportunity to find the positive and fun from occasions such as these. The Royal Wedding was a source of great positive energy for those who were open to it and this year’s events will be the same. Enjoy the pageantry and spectacle and your life will be the better for it.
As James Allen wrote: “The irksomeness and sting which you feel to be in your task are in your mind only.” Adjust the way you think about the world around you and your life is bound to change for the better.