I’m SO excited it’s the weekend! Today, I’m looking forward to spending some alone time. I’m taking my sweet time and not being pressed, stressed or rushed to do anything. I’m not doing the “should’s” or thinking about the “have to’s”. I’m officially taking a mental break today. I’m going to reflect on all the good things that have happened to me this past week. I’m not taking myself (especially others) seriously instead I’m going to laugh and be lighthearted. I refuse to let anyone rain on my parade. I’m going to relax and lounge in my PJs as long as possible. Right now, I’m eating my breakfast in front of the fireplace with a hot mug of cereal in my hands and looking off into the blue, blue sky… (sigh) That’s as far as I’ve gotten in my day. And so far, I’m very content.
I hope your day will be relaxing and refreshing too!
©2012 Susie Lee
Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.
Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Your real influence is measured by your treatment of yourself.
A. Bronson Alcott
If we all did the things we are capable of, we would astound ourselves.
A man who finds no satisfaction in himself will seek for it in vain elsewhere.
Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.
Make it thy business to know thyself, which is the most difficult lesson in the world.
Miguel de Cervantes
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
– George Eliot
All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.
– Walt Disney
Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em.
– William Shakespeare
Don’t go through life, grow through life.
– Eric Butterworth
In any situation, the best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.
– Theodore Roosevelt
Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.
– Charles F. Kettering
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
– Mark Twain
There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.
– Dr. Denis Waitley
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
– John Wooden
As we grow up, we learn that even the one person that wasn’t supposed to ever let us down, probably will. You’ll have your heart broken and you’ll break others’ hearts. You’ll fight with your best friend or maybe even fall in love with them, and you’ll cry because time is flying by. So take too many pictures, laugh too much, forgive freely, and love like you’ve never been hurt. Life comes with no guarantees, no time outs, no second chances. You just have to live life to the fullest, tell someone what they mean to you and speak out, dance in the pouring rain, hold someone’s hand, comfort a friend, fall asleep watching the sun come up, stay up late, and smile until your face hurts. Don’t be afraid to take chances or fall in love and most of all, live in the moment because every second you spend angry or upset is a second of happiness you can never get back.
At some point in our lives, it’s inevitable we’ll face disappointments. It might be with our career, relationships (or a lack of), health or the world at large. The good news is that disappointments come whenever we attempt to do anything great in our lives or for the world. The not so good news is that it’s closely followed by resistance, doubt, cynicism, or setbacks in the pursuit of that greatness.
Why this gloomy topic? Because I know some of us are in this journey right now. Disappointments will often crush determination with hopelessness, despair and “what’s the use?” Our minds and bodies will begin to shut down with weariness. I find when I’m in this place; it helps to step away from my efforts and rest. In the meantime, I connect with my family and friends for encouragement – drawing strength and wisdom from them. I, also, read books, get out in nature, watch movies and listen to songs that will inspire me, as it fills me up with love, light and life. After a period of time, I have the newfound energy to help me move forward with clarity, courage and creativity.
But I understand this overwhelming feeling of despair might be a heavy burden for some people to carry that they may decide to throw in the towel. For others, this feeling of despair may become a catalyst to grow stronger and wiser – fueling their passion, energy, and creativity. They can choose to remain in despair or see the undercurrent of hope. For many people, this is where the rubber meets the road.
My message to you is don’t give up on your convictions. Disappointments are a part of the journey; it’s a sign that you’re closer to success than when you first started. You’re an amazing being who is highly adaptable and strong-willed. When the weight of the world is crushing you – there’s still more inside of you. You can never be completely crushed unless you allow it. Continue to explore, discover, create and dream of a better world… and a better you.
© 2012 Susie Lee
*This article is dedicated to my aquaterra tv co-host Peter Ormesher
Anytime you suffer a setback or disappointment,
put your head down and plow ahead.
– Les Brown
Enthusiasm is followed by disappointment and even depression,
and then by renewed enthusiasm.
– Murray Gell-Mann
Disappointment to a noble soul is what cold water is to burning metal;
it strengthens, tempers, intensifies, but never destroys it.
– Eliza Tabor
One’s best success comes after their greatest disappointments.
– Henry Ward Beecher
The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire;
the size of your dream;and how you handle disappointment along the way.
– Robert Kiyosaki