Your thoughts give rise to your perception
which shapes your actions
which build your reality
which determines your experience of Life.
Look inside your mind.
What picture do your thoughts paint there?
If you do not like this picture,
paint a new one.
What you see in your mind
is ultimately your choice,
the only choice you can make really…
and it is your most basic power.
How will you wield it?
If the quickest path to misery
then the quickest path to joy
is placing your attention on others,
seeing what you can give,
how you can help,
where you can go
to enrich the lives of others.
At the end of your life,
is it the piles of money
you will have amassed,
or the big house
or the fancy car
that will matter?
will you be able
to say with confidence
I gave all I had
and I loved with my whole heart.
I feel complete now,
knowing that I brought joy
to the people in my life…?
Each day we choose
one or the other…
or the kind of selflessness
that can heal the whole world.
Your actions matter.
The love you give matters.
Now, more than ever,
the world needs you.
Will you answer the call?
With so many possibilities
how can we choose
where to go
what to do
what to say
and to whom?
But choose we do,
we are making a choice.
If we were to zoom out
and look at this life
from a different perspective,
we’d see that we are on a tiny blue dot
in a small galaxy
somewhere in the
inconceivably vast expanse of space
in a universe about which
so little is known.
We can make a big deal of ourselves
or we can take ourselves lightly.
We can be blasé about what we have
or we can see how precious this life is.
It is always a choice.
Friends, take a deep breath
and choose wisely.
in its childlike innocence,
jumps to wild conclusions
and then attempts to assert
looking out into the world
for every proof
that what it believes is
It does this so quickly
that we can’t even see it happening,
but stress in your body-mind
is a sure sign that it has happened.
We can help our minds to mature
by questioning the conclusions it has drawn.
Every time you notice a stressful thought,
hold it up to the lens of inquiry,
asking four simple questions:
Is it true?
Can you absolutely know that it is true?
How do you react when you think that thought?
Who would you be without that thought?
And then, the turnarounds…
You find genuine, sincere examples
of how the opposite
is as true
or truer than
your original stressful thought.
When the mind can see
that the opposite of its belief
is as just as accurate as the belief itself,
it instantly becomes more open, receptive,
looking back onto itself
can see its own innocence
and relax into a spacious awareness
of not knowing.
Here, each moment is a discovery.
Here the potential for happiness
blossoms into reality.
Here, the mind sets itself free
to be inspired, to love,
to live fully.
So, which do you choose–
a mind that believes its own wild conclusions,
or a mind that knows it knows nothing?
One leads to stress, anxiety, fear, anger–
the other to profound and abiding peace.
So, which do you choose?
As my inner turmoil has intensified
I have found myself remembering
a glass of wine
or a mojito
or a margarita…
It has been years since I’ve had a drink.
I chose to stop
because I wanted to go deeper
and to be clearer…
but I remember
the soothing wave of inebriation,
and I ask myself if I’m being too extreme,
too ascetic, too prudish, too goody-goody.
I know many people who would say
I should have a drink
when I’m feeling this way.
It’s just a glass of wine,
it’s good for you
they would say.
Just have a drink,
it won’t kill you,
it will help you relax.
But I’ve chosen clarity,
and this means to stand and face
whatever arises with my whole self,
my real self.
How can I see what needs to be seen
if I have filled my head with clouds?
It was a personal choice,
a commitment I made,
and I feel honor bound to uphold it.
A quieter voice says,
Don’t look back.
This is your chance.
Summon your courage,
You are where you need to be,
and these feelings are real.
They have something to tell you;
Being able to hear this voice
is a taste sweeter than the finest wine,
more refreshing than
than the most perfectly mixed mojito.
Sure, these drinks might taste good for a moment,
but the inner longing would remain;
and after their sweetness receded from my tongue,
I would be still more parched,
the way drinking from the ocean makes you even more
desperate to find pure, clear, sweet salvation.
And so I dip not my hand into these waters.
Now I quench my thirst from a different source.
Gratitude is a choice,
it is not some default
that is preprogrammed at birth;
it is a choice.
It is the choice to see what you have
rather than what you have not,
a choice to focus on what you love
rather than on what you dislike.
It is the choice to see the good in others
and to express appreciation for that good
rather than focusing on what you think
others need to change about themselves.
It is about savoring this moment
and searching for reasons to be thankful
rather than looking for things to complain about.
It is a choice that brings health, happiness,
and harmonious relationships.
It helps you to stand in the center of your abundance
wearing an expression of awe,
living from this wonder-filled place.
Life owes you nothing,
but you owe life everything,
most especially your genuine thankfulness
for all the gifts you have been given,
all the blessings that have been showered upon you.
Gratitude is a path
to authentic fulfillment,
it is not a chore,
it is a choice.
And now I wonder–
what choice do you make?
Choosing the most empowered response
to any given situation–
this is freedom,
this is self-knowing,
this is clarity.
What are you capable of doing,
and what are you doing right now?
Is there a gap between the two,
and how can you close the gap?
When you live from your highest self,
you are happy, fulfilled,
excited to be alive.
Are you living from your highest self?
If today were your last,
have you accomplished all
that you set out to do?
Ask yourself these questions,
and answer them honestly.
Do your best to choose
your most empowered response.