Many of us love to read. Some prefer to read fictional novels often searching
out a favorite author's works. Others prefer to read non-fictional books or
articles covering the gambit from historical figures, ancient times, or modern
events that have shaped the world we live in. And, others prefer a fast read
whether that is a newspaper where headlines are scanned to find an article
of interest, or a book that presents several small articles that have been
rewritten as a digest, or a magazine depicting a hobby of interest or a magazine
devoted to professional sports teams.
And, there is a growing number of people who use modern technological
readers or simply use the Internet to find information they are seeking.
While every one of these reading alternatives is just fine, there often is an
important subject that is neglected.
In the past, I often talk about the power of a daily diet of reading
quotes. The reality is that a lot of us do not commit to add this vital component to our daily routine when in fact it is so easy to do, very meaningful and powerful, but so easy also not to do.
Just Like No Coffee!
To me, without reading and thinking and bringing a motivational quotation
into my conscious thought patterns, is the same as not having my morning
cup of tea or coffee - if I don't have it, there is something missing.
Part of the reason for the reading of a quote, saying or story rests with the individual`s personal needs. However, there are certain growth opportunities that are right in front of us and we don`t see their value.
The House Foundation
And, like building a house with a firm and lasting foundation, I find that
the cumulative effect of digesting an inspirational message first thing
in the morning continues to allow me to build a foundation of meaningfulness
and positive building materials for the entire day.
I was recently reminded of the power of these quotations when I read
the following quote one April day: "There is no giant step that does it.
It's a lot of little steps." Peter A. Cohen
One Step At A Time
We do not develop anything with one giant step. No matter who you are,
or what you do, each one of us had had to take a lot of individual steps
to accomplish a task, a job, a career, or even a hobby. Each step
serves to move us forward even if it is an inch at a time.
The people who have succeeded in any walk of life have had to take
small steps over and over again to get where they are whether that being
a doctor, who learned to apply their skills after many years of training, or
a computer programmer who had to learn computer programming basic
before they could move on to the next more complex computer language.
Did they take one giant step and suddenly were a qualified doctor?
No they didn't.
And, so it is the same when you are developing a meaningful and full life.
We need to proceed as if we are constructing a ship, or a house, or creating
a work of art. We do not become masters of our own destiny in a day, nor
do we develop the kind of outlook where we can turn negatives into positives,
or disappointments into valuable lessons of life, or change adversity into
If you were to ask individual people walking down the street on a sunny
Saturday morning, do you think that the majority of people would be able
to describe their life and how it will unfold or how they want it to unfold
as their destiny? Actually, it would be an interesting exercise to conduct.
However, since we can't do this in this article, let's look at the question in
a different way. What is your destiny?
To some people, they might answer that they don't have a destiny in
that whatever happens to them over the course of their life is simply a matter
of chance. To these types of people, the journey of their life is not up to them
at all. In fact, they might tell you that whatever has happened to them so far in
their life has not been in their control and they have simply responded to each
circumstance or situation as it has come along. Does this kind of response
In fact, if their life was made up of a complete and random series of
chance events, how did they finish high-school? Some might argue that
there had no decision in whether they went to high-school or not and
had no choice but to finish. To do otherwise would have placed them in
dire consequences with a parent or guardian. The unfortunate point here
is that is how some people actually are forced to live their lives. They go
through life believing because of past circumstances and pressures that
they have no choice in life, or at the very least, little choice in life.
Decision of Destiny
You may think that the sub-title I've chosen is makes little sense but before
you pass judgement, let's look a little deeper into what I mean.
I am referring to the fact that each person has a choice in life. Each person
has a choice to proceed down their own road, or to proceed down the
road another person may have chosen for them or has greatly influenced
them to travel. However, here is the alternate point. When you make a choice,
you are actually setting sail somewhere. Now, the second part of this journey
is that you make a choice to sail to a certain port; if you don't, you may simply
sail around until you inadvertently end up somewhere you may like or may
not like. So, the question becomes, how do I know where to go?
Part of the answer to determine your port is to use a map or a set of guidelines
that help point you in the right direction. Since you are really not on a ship,
the destination to which you are moving towards can be guided more strongly
by what you put into your mind. If your mind is filled with doom and gloom,
you may end up in doom and gloom country. If your mind is guided by
positive thinking, by right choices rather than wrong choices, you stand a
much better chance of ending up somewhere much more pleasant.
What is this method of guidelines? Part of that method is to fill your mind
with those things that positive and good; that are caring and compassionate;
that offer comfort rather than pain. A lot of what I am talking about comes
through the written word or, at the very least, positive movies. or positive
articles. Positive plus equals better rather than negative minus equals nothing.
You do have a choice to direct your life filled with hope, zest, love, friendship
and compassion. You do have a choice to influence yourself rather than let
someone else take control and feed you what you may not want and that is
more wrong than right for a better life.
One Last Comment
You cannot go through life without going through hardship, pain, failures,
or challenges, but, you also cannot turn your life to point in the right direction
unless you have a constant supply of positive influences as you can easily
find through a daily inspirational or motivational quote. Start now and keep
If you don't start adopting a positive pattern into your life, it is even more
challenging to deal with life's issues as they arise, and they will. There is no
lack of challenges to face - they always seem to crop up without warning
just like there is never a good time for a flat tire. Be prepared - always
start your day armed with positive thoughts and refresh your thoughts
throughout the day just like you refresh your coffee or tea.