For a while now I’ve been receiving daily inspirational emails from the Napoleon Hill Foundation. It’s been about a year now since I’ve subscribed to them and I am most thankful for the daily inspiration I receive every morning. There is also the Facebook Page that can be liked and followed so posted content appears in your feed. I first became greatly interested in Napoleon Hill in early 2013 and his teachings have been a great inspiration to me. I purchased audio books, electronic books as well as printed copies. Napoleon Hill is probably most famous for saying “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve“. Today’s inspiration is about “Nature yielding her most profound secrets to those who are determined to uncover them.” It goes as follows “The field of science is perhaps the best illustration of how success always seems to come to those who apply the principle of accurate thinking in a persistent, determined effort. America’s great inventor Thomas A. Edison is said to have failed 10,000 times in his attempt to develop a workable electric light bulb. He learned from each failure and refused to quit until he succeeded. Breakthroughs occur every day because a determined person continues to search for solutions to complex problems long after everyone else has given up and gone home. You may not invent the light bulb or the next supercomputer, but you can find creative solutions to old problems if you apply the proven principles of success consistently and persistently.” I am sure after reading this anyone can smile and think about some experience where this has proven to be true. I usually repost these daily inspirations to my My Facebook Page for my friends who do not subscribe to the site. I’ve even received messages from a few friends thanking me for the postings. While I subscribed to the site for daily inspiration for myself, sharing the daily quote and seeing how it inspires my friends have brought me more satisfaction than I ever expected. Thank you again Napoleon Hill.
Yesterday on my way to work I felt extremely tired. The night before, most of my time I spent coughing from the flu I picked up during Carnival and I was also itching from my food allergies that flared up. To put it simply, my night’s rest did not include much rest. While driving to work I struggled to focus on the road and my eyes burnt immensely. When I started to park my vehicle, I averaged incorrectly and I scratched the left front rim of my car. I continued to park, then sat in the car for a few minutes with a very sick feeling in my stomach. I cringed at the thought of the mishap but eventually I came out of the car and dealt with the reality. I snapped a picture of it and sent it to the guy I’m currently seeing, I’ll refer to him as Martin. I called Martin with the hopes that he’ll help comfort me a bit but I got more of a reality check with that call. He did try his best to make me feel better, then he said, “Honey you scratched your rim today and I lost my car in an accident 2 months ago, it could have been worse, you could have been injured.” Talk about putting things into perspective. Sometimes we fuss about our pains, not remembering it could have been worse or someone out there has it worse than us. We want things to remain so perfect and cannot accept when things go wrong or see the lesson in the experience. There is no such thing as a coincidence and I truly believe the Universe is trying to remind me of something with this situation. I initially wanted to have the scratch fixed but I’m not sure I will. While my the left front rim on my car does not look as perfect as the others, it’s a gentle reminder to me every time I look at it, that things could have been worse, so be thankful for what I have and the way things are.
Yesterday I made my 100th post on “nekellecelestine.com” and I’m truly thankful that I made it to such a great milestone. After my post last week about noticing my intersections, this is definitely an accomplishment worth taking notice of. Many years ago I contemplated starting a blog but wondered what could I possibly share with the world and would anyone even care. At that time in my life, I was not quite sure of myself and I lacked the confidence I have now. Being able to share my personal stories and events has helped me to be more honest with myself. I have accepted so many of my flaws and I willingly put them out there. Some of the content I produce I’ve always thought about but I was never comfortable enough to share it with anyone for fear of being ridiculed. As I’ve gotten older and hopefully wiser, I realised that always being concerned with what others think can send you crazy, fussing about right or wrong is futile and that it is indeed a beautiful thing when we can all look at the same thing and have different perspectives on it, even if your perspective on that thing changes within a year. I am truly thankful that I’m able to share my thoughts, experiences and lessons learned and I look forward to producing more and even greater content in the future. Thank you.
Last night on my way home from work, I stopped at a traffic light for a brief moment. Shortly after, a guy on a motorcycle pulled up alongside me. As I watched him wait, I remembered that time in my life when I desperately wanted a motorcycle, I was so carefree and sometimes reckless, that excitement was my main motivation for a lot of choices. As the light changed, I watched him speed off into the night, or so I thought. I eventually met up with him at the next intersection. As I watched him wait for the light to change, I couldn’t help but wonder what was all the speed about. Despite the fact that I calmly drove to the next intersection and he rode his motorcycle so quickly I lost sight of him for a while, we both ended up at the same junction. I have felt over the past year or so that I’ve had to keep pressing forward with such vigour, persistence and immense focus, going from one goal to the next and I’m slowly starting to realise that it’s ok to calmly pursue my goals. It’s as if I’m telling the Universe I know I’ll be there eventually or I know I’m going to accomplish my goal one day, so there’s no need to rush. Sometimes in life we think we need to be moving so quickly to accomplish the things we want. We keep moving from intersection to intersection, accomplishment to accomplishment, only focused on getting to the next point, that we hardly take time to notice what’s at each intersection or milestone. This is actually a form of ingratitude, which is not in harmony with Universal laws and can eventually lead to sadness despite how much one has accomplished. Take time to notice your intersections, your milestones, your accomplishments and be grateful for each step. Gratitude is the key to happiness and one cornerstone to accomplishing more in life.
Today I would like to thank my Aunt Bernice. She subscribes to my blog posts and reads them every morning. I usually have a 30 – 45 minute window before I start work to write my blog posts, so I’m not always left with much time for writing and proper editing. Any time she finds an error, she’ll send me a whatsapp message highlighting the error so I can make the necessary changes. Aunty Bernice, I appreciate all your assistance and the time you take to read and edit my blog posts. Please know that it is greatly appreciated. Love Always.
This week I met up with a friend who seems to be dealing with quite a few challenges right now in his life. As I listened to him to lend my support, I looked around and realised how blessed he was. Don’t get me wrong, we are entitled to vent about the things that negatively affect us but I couldn’t help but wonder if other people would have looked at me the same way in the past when I complained about things that bothered me in my life. It’s really a challenge to focus mostly on the blessings when faced with adversity but it’s something I believe is worth mastering. Gratitude leads to increased happiness and a positive mental attitude attracts more blessings. I’m not saying to act as if the challenges don’t exist but a piece of advice given to me by Dave Bhajan from UTT many years ago, was “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change”. When I’m complaining, I need to remind myself of the following:
- I woke up this morning.
- I have family and friends to love, who also love me.
- I have a home to live in.
- I have the health and strength to do quite a lot with my life right now.
- I have multiple sources of income.
- All my senses are functioning.
- I am educated to a post graduate level.
- I have the freedom to do what I want whenever I want.
I can add so much more to this list but that would bore you…lol. What’s important is that I refine my way of thinking to focus more on what’s good in my life and see a deeper purpose and meaning in what may not be going so great.
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.”…Maya Angelou
It is true that gratitude for what we have adds to our level of happiness but what about gratitude for the things we did not achieve. I’m sure everyone has experienced a time in their life when they would have missed out on an opportunity, been rejected for a job or did not successfully attain the heart of another. My Aunt Bernadette always reminds me that when things don’t work out the way we hope, it’s usually because there is something better in the future for us. Looking back on my life, I must say I am extremely thankful for all my failed relationships, all my job rejections as well as all those missed opportunities. These situations, after being examined carefully, held lessons to be learnt and also showed me that those situations and people were not best suited for me. They also helped me to realise and refine what I want most out of life and learn more about myself. I am guilty of spending time focusing on missed opportunities and not seeing the blessing in not accomplishing or attaining them but when I’m blessed with something or someone more suited for me, I usually am thankful that things did not work out.
“Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation”…Brian Tracy