Don’t let the regrets of yesterday destroy the hopes of tomorrow. – Joel Osteen
How many of us can look back on our lives and say we have no regrets? I’m guessing that number is pretty low – close to zero actually. I dislike generalizations, but I feel pretty confident in saying that most all of us have things we regret. That’s human nature. Regrets stink, but they’re a fact of life. We do something, we mess up, we feel badly about it. Sometimes though, we get so caught up in our regrets that they immobilize us – we can’t move past them. That’s not a great thing. We can’t get so caught up in the past and in our regrets that we can’t move forward and look to tomorrow. No matter what has happened in your past, chances are somebody else has made a similar mistake and survived, and you can and will to. So don’t dwell on yesterday, pack away the regrets and look forward to what is coming tomorrow.
Holding on is believing that there’s only a past; letting go is knowing that there’s a future. – Daphne Rose Kingma
It’s only natural to want to hold on to things in our lives. We treasure our memories, we hold on to keepsakes from past events, and boy oh boy, do we hold on to grudges. I’m not opposed to holding on to treasured memories, but you can’t hold on to them so tightly that you can’t reach out and grab the future. The future is out there, and you have the power to make it a great one, but not if you keep yourself mired in the past. Open yourself up to the new and wonderful things that are coming your way. Don’t try and recreate the past in what is coming. The past is just that, the past. Treasure the memories of the past, but don’t dwell on them and don’t live in the past. Dust them off every now and again and visit them, but then put them away and move ahead. Look forward to what is coming, and know that you have, in you, the ability to make it the most wonderful adventure ever.
Happiness is never decreased by being shared – Buddha
When you have a batch of cookies, and you share them, you inevitably have fewer cookies. You will probably make people happy by sharing the cookies, but you’ll still have fewer cookies. The really cool thing, is that when you share happiness, it doesn’t decrease, in fact, it INCREASES. In fact, the more happiness you share, the more happiness you have and the more happiness you have to share. Happiness is really cool like that. It’s a lot like love, in fact. The more you have and the more you share, the more you have to give and share. So take that happy mood of yours and share it with those around you and watch the happiness grow exponentially! Factor in a batch of chocolate chip cookies and watch that happiness factor REALLY take off 🙂
With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Life can, for lack of a better phrase, suck sometimes. You can have days that totally bring you down. But you want to know what’s really great, is those days end, and in the morning, it’s a new day. With new days come new thoughts, new attitudes and success. And even if the yuckiness of the day before tries to invade your new day, just reach down into your inner strength and remind yourself that you are so much stronger than anything that life tries to throw at you. Marshall that strength and rise above and make the new day a better day.
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine
Unless your life is perfect, and who among us has an absolute perfect life, you will have some challenges in your life. Some will be bigger than others, and some, well some are going to seem insurmountable. I don’t necessarily know that I totally agree with the quote about challenges make life interesting, but I think they are there for a purpose. They make us stronger and help us to learn to rely on our inner strength and fortitude. We are a very capable species, and we can handle anything that life throws at us. It’s when we come out on the other side that we realize just how strong we are and how much our struggles have added to our lives. And honestly, I think we appreciate the outcome just a little bit more and it makes the victory that much more sweeter. The mature attitude would be to look at each challenge we face and know that we’ll be better for them in the long run, but I’m not super mature! I’m going to grumble and fuss as I work my way through the challenges life throws at me, and then I’ll throw one heck of a victory party when I come out on the other side!
Laughter gives us distance. It allows us to step back from an event, deal with it and then move on.
– Bob Newhart
According to Reader’s Digest, “Laughter is the Best Medicine.” It truly is. Laughter can take the sting from our mistakes, it can break down boundries between people and it gives us time to collect ourselves and then move on. Take time to find the humor in situations…it can only serve to help!
Don’t let one cloud obliterate the whole sky. – Anais Nin
I think we all probably know that one person who, no matter what, only sees the negative. You could hand them a pile of cash and they’d complain that they got a paper cut from the bills. Life is full of good things and bad things, and often times, even when the good things are going on there are some bad things. But what matters is what you focus on. This past fall, at the school where I work, we hosted a haunted house/trick or treat event for the neighborhood kids. Our goal was to provide a safe environment for the kids to go trick or treating. My high school students bought into the idea in a HUGE way, and the kids and parents in the neighborhood were completely excited. Some of the faculty (a lot of the faculty) wasn’t. They didn’t want to come to an event at school on a Saturday, they didn’t think it was safe to have kids in school on a Saturday, and they didn’t want to donate candy to our cause or help out. For a while, I was angry, even as I was watching all these little kids come walking though the school, going trick or treating at the different classrooms, even as I had parent after parent thank us so sincerely for doing this, I was furious. All I could think about was the teachers who didn’t help. It was ruining my day. But then, this little girl tugged on my dress and said “Thank you Witch, for the candy.” It was then, that the proverbial sun came out from behind my cloud. I didn’t need to focus on that one negative thing – I needed to focus on the good, the great and the amazing things that were happening. We had kids from various sports teams, music organizations, and clubs. We had the “popular” kids and the fringe kids, honor society kids and struggling learners all working together for the good of their community. It was amazing! The thing was, it was always amazing, but I couldn’t see it because I was focusing on the negative.
Sometimes you just have to look back at your past and smile about how far you’ve come.
We all have bad days. Sometimes it seems like we even have bad weeks, months or years. It happens. Life is NOT going to be perfect 100% of the time. But those bad times pass. The thing is, we may not even notice it happening. Sometimes, you need to look back at where you were so that you can see just how far you’ve come. It may not be as far as you like, but if you’ve made progress, it’s all good. Smile! Celebrate the progress and look forward to the future when you make even more progress. Before you know it, you’ll be looking back to today and being amazed at how far you’ve come.
Sometimes adversity is what you need to face in order to become successful. – Zig Ziglar
Nobody likes it when things don’t go their way. But sometimes that bump in the road is just what we need to spur us on to bigger and better things. Think about it. How many times have you been working on some type of problem when you hit a snag? It happens, right? Do you give in? Not usually. Most times, we take a step back and look at that problem from all sides, and not only do we figure out a way to solve it, we figure out a way to make what we’re working on bigger and better. Life is like that. What looks like a problem can often times be the ember of inspiration we need.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises – Demosthenes
I had to give this one some serious thought, because I immediately started focusing on business. Yes of course this can be about business and enterprise, but it’s also so much more. EVERY single thing we do starts with one small step. Think about the baby that is learning to crawl. They’ll be up on all fours rocking back and forth and all of a sudden, they’re moving. The same with walking. They’ll work so hard at pulling themselves up to a standing position and finally, they take that first step. From there, it’s a short journey to running! Everything we do starts with that first step. We just have the strenght, courage and fortitude to take it!