I am a big advocate of life-long learning. What I like about this quote is that it reminds us of something very important. When someone tells you that you can’t do something it is time to be grateful. Doesn’t that sound very confusing? Why would you be grateful somebody is basically telling you that you are not enough?
This day and age if there is anything we have an abundance of it is information. It used to be that if you wanted to learn anything you could go to the library and with a little effort and some research you could find an answer, free of charge! Today it is even better. When you have a question you can just ask google, Suri or whatever online search tool you use and there is the answer! If words are not your thing you can even pop over to YouTube and watch a video of someone doing the very thing you are trying to learn.
What this means is that we can choose to be an expert in just about anything. One important thing to remember is this – you can’t pay anyone to do your push-ups for you. That is a quote I took from Zig Ziglar. It means there is a certain amount of effort to be put into anything, but with today’s technology you have the best chance of succeeding and showing anyone that you can do anything!
Wouldn’t it be great if we had somebody to follow us around and let us know when doubt, fear, negativity and all those other spirit vampires come calling? Somebody to follow us around and remind us “look for the good in life” or “Don’t let your outside control your inside”. Well unless you have a lot of discretionary income, or friends who really have nothing better to do, chances are this will not be possible. So if all your friends have healthy social lives and you can’t afford to hire a ‘personal reminder’ what then? Employ someone or more accurately something you can afford! Just what is this crazy guy talking about? Symbols! They can be anything. Something visionary, a trigger phrase, a scent. Just pick something you may see on a regular basis in your daily life. Now don’t make it to obvious. I work at the post office so I wouldn’t choose ‘a stamp’. It has to be somewhat random. For example I might choose the phrase “First Class” and it will remind me to live my life in a first class manner, or to have a ‘first class day’. I’m also a bartender so every time I see a bottle of gin I can think to myself ‘give individuals niceness’ or when I smell coconut rum, I can remind myself to “live like I am on vacation” and enjoy each life to the fullest. These may all sound a little corny, but one they are off the top of my head, and two, why not put the world around us to work? I know each day presents its own unique challenges, so each one should come with little reminders to keep smiling and enjoy the life we have been given. So pick just one or two reminders. Deciding what they can be and what they will mean to you is just the start of the fun! I must go now, I have the sudden urge for a rum and coke…