Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Friday, December 26, 2014

Declare A Happy New Year 2015

Do you mean it?  A Happy New Year, 2015?  It’s not a wish.  It’s a matter of intent.

One simple declaration will make all the difference.  Attach the declaration to the beginning of every thought and you’ll be astonished.  Okay, ready?

“It is fun to ________________________________.”

Simple.  Uncomplicated.  Heck, it’ll even make pleasant those  New Year’s Resolutions:

“It is fun to plan to lose weight.”  It’s not necessary to “wait” until the weight is lost to have fun.
“It is fun to choose what I eat.”  If a healthier diet is in the plan, then have fun with it now.
“It is fun to de-clutter the house/office.”  Think about how much better it is without the mess rather than fixating on the mess.
“It is fun to have the car serviced.”  It’s fun to be able to drive where I want to go.
“It is fun to pay more attention to_____.”  Fill in the blank.
“It is fun to be around healthy, happy people.”  Duh.
“It is fun to pay the bills.”   For each bill you received some service or product.  Enjoy that!

2015 - The Year of Perspective
You get the idea.  The more you do it, the easier it becomes.  In fact, if you really intend to have a fun 2015, and you begin using this declaration January 1, by the beginning of March you’ll think like this habitually.  You won’t pay much attention to that fact because you’ll be having such a good time.

Of course, if you don’t really believe that you could/should/ought to have a continuous good time, then you won’t.  It’s the intention that rules, a.k.a. expectation.   If you look for the fun in anything, you’ll find it.  If you look for something else, you’ll find that.  What is consistent is that you will find and experience what you expect, what you look for, and what you give your attention to.

If you truly want a fun 2015, use the magic word as well.  Go whole-hog – complaint free!
How much delight can you have in 2015?  All you want.

Now there will be those who will not approve of  your delight.  They are looking at the misery, injustice, pain, suffering and lack in life.    Unless you are devoting your time and energy looking for the same, then you're not helping the less fortunate.  Those who get what you are doing, get it.  Those who don’t, can’t.  Denying any good thing/experience for yourself does not magically provide a good thing/experience for someone else.  People experience what they expect and experience cannot change until attention and expectation shift.  The best way to truly "help" someone live happier, healthier, etc., is to be so yourself.  At some point they may begin to "get it" from proximity to your attitude.

Happy New Year!  (If you want it.)

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