When you are on a path, pursuing your goal…quietly does it. Through silence will come clarity to make that path smoother. It could be the path to a more spiritual life and a deeper understanding of who you are. It could be a path to love and the opening of the heart to beauty and light. A life lived with purpose requires focus and steady devotion to meet its fulfilment. Be peaceful and calm in what you do and don’t be swayed by the turmoil around you. Today, think only of your purpose.
Light a candle, sit for 5 minutes and focus on the flame. Breathe gently and be aware of every flicker and hue it casts.
“Nothing contributes so much to tranquilize the mind as a steady purpose – a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.”
Mary Shelley:30th August 1797 – 1851(Novelist)
Sometimes people use words and forget that the words have impact on the feelings of others. We are all human. But as humans we all have a tendency to focus on the negative.
You have had a good day at work, met your targets, maybe you’ve even had a pay rise, but as you walk along the road you get splashed as you pass a puddle. It ruins your day, that’s what you remember. You have forgotten about your other achievements for the say. If someone ask, how was your day, you tell them about getting splashed. Don’t be a tabloid junkie like the press and pick on only the negative. Yes, there is a natural tendency for the brains to remember the negative, as in prehistoric times it kept us safe and helped us to avoid danger. But it also keeps us in fear. It is more difficult to focus on the positive but when we do it can lift our mood, and improve our health and happiness.
How often do we depress ourselves with all the things that are wrong and forget all the things that were right? Try for a day to only entertain positivity in what you do; only read positive news, talk only to positive people – and see how that feels.
Think about yourself and accentuate the positive.
“Yeah, Wacko Jacko, where did that come from? Some English tabloid. I have a heart and I have feelings. I feel that when you do that to me. It’s not nice.”
“People write negatives things, cause they feel that’s what sells. Good news to them, doesn’t sell.”
Michael Jackson: 29th August 1958 – 2009 (singer/dancer/entertainer)
Laughter is good medicine and we should all be prescribed it sometimes to get a better perspective on our world. It can take away pain and sorrow. When our bodies rack with laughter we release stress and worry. It can help us to cope with uncomfortable situation – we all know that we laugh when we find things embarrassing. When we go to the seaside we like to put a coin in and listen to the laughing clown –to makes us laugh. Sometimes, when all is lost the only thing we can do is laugh. It’s good to seek out laughter where you can, and find something to laugh about every day.
“Now if the harvest is over, And the world cold, Give me the bonus of laughter, As I lose hold.”
John Betjeman: 28 August 1906 – 1984 (Poet)
Life is not always smooth sailing and when we are weak and trouble we realise we do have a spiritual side that needs attention. The gospel is the music of the soul. The gospel has a resonance and a feel that can uplift and put us back on track. Gospel music has carried many through difficult times. Some of us grew up with the sounds of gospels and so whenever we hear it, it can bring that secure feeling and contentment. The gospels can give us everything we need and open the door to expression of all we feel spiritually.
“There is a sound that comes from gospel music that doesn’t come from anything else. It is a sound of peace. It is a sound of, ‘I’m going to make it through all of this.’ “
“People love gospel music. It’s calming. It’s soothing. It gets right to the point of whatever you’re dealing with.”
Yolanda Adams: 27th August 1961 (Gospel Singer)
Sometimes we are looking for love everywhere and can’t find it. We forget that love begins at home. Can you really show love to others if first you do not love yourself. Love is give and take; the more you give a little, the more you can take a little. But if there’s no love in your heart and in your home the source and the well run dry. How many people are out there putting the world to right yet at home, they may be beating their partner, can’t remember the last time they saw their children. If you can’t get it right at home and you lack abundance in love, how you can get it right outside.
“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action. “
“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.”
Mother Teresa: 26th August 1910 – 1997 (Nun, Humanitarian)
You may be poor, downtrodden, come from the wrong side of town, but you still have your mind, body, intelligence and with those in tact you can rise about it all. Unfortunately, the world is full of people who will look down on you, tell you that you can’t, put barriers to impede your progress, make laws that deny your humanity – but when the right time comes – it is they who will have to admit they were wrong.
We can still achieve things when all the odds are against us and in these circumstances we must give ourselves a pat on the back. Special individuals take on special challenges and when they get it right and defy the odds; then, it is time for us all to celebrate their achievements.
“Shaking hands with the Queen of England was a long way from being forced to sit in the coloured section of the bus going into downtown Wilmington, North Carolina.”
Althea Gibson: 25th August 1927 – 2003 (First black tennis player and grand slam winner)
When it comes to reaching your potential there are many questions and not enough answers. Sometimes we spend our whole life searching for the meaning to life and what it is all about. No one really knows, but you can make your own meaning. Living up to your potential is easier said than done, but no one else can do it for you.
We might be working in a job and earning good money but we feel our potential lies in something else, somewhere else. This makes us unhappy because we are not living our true potential. It may be that we want to be an artist but we are working as an accountant. So to begin the search you have to know who you are and what gives you that great feeling; that buzz!
Some people know where they are heading from day one, but for others it may take longer.
Part of life’s meaning is of course the searching and the journey.
“At the end of the day, life’s about realising one’s potential.”
Linton Kwesi Johnson: 24th August 1952 (Dub Poet)
Sometimes we have to audacity to think that we are the only ones that are human and deserving of God’s grace. Everyone, except us is deserving of less. We like to think that this position of viewing life from the top was ordained since the dawn of time and the fact that some people happen to find themselves at the bottom has nothing to do with us. Humans as a whole have very little to be proud of on this stake because throughout history one group has always chosen to subjugate another.
A change is gonna come and you have to believe it. During the civil rights and apartheid struggles people sang that a change was coming because injustice cannot go on forever. Political change is hard to come by, when doors are closed and barriers are up, but we lead campaigns and spoke out against unjust laws and treatment and eventually things changed.
What is it that you believe in and do you feel that a change is coming soon. Can you feel it, do you really know it. The power of your belief and your feelings will bring that change. What kind of change do you want to see?
“I knew South Africa was going to change; you can’t keep people down forever. It’s unnatural. Somehow something had to crack, and it did.”
Letta Mbulu: 23rd August 1942 (South African Singer)
As children we grow up being told what to do, how to do it and when. We get used to being in that position of minor, always relying on someone else to give the orders. Even when we become adults, we find it hard to cast off that reliance we have for parental guidance. We still look for someone to give the orders, and if the order giver is not there we feel lost and helpless and don’t know what to do. Your parents would have told you one day you have to stand on your own two feet and suddenly when you realise what that means, you will miss that guidance. It feels scary to let go – but sink or swim you will survive. Today is the day you become boss of yourself.
Who’s telling you what to do and when are you going to stop taking orders.