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Imagine that these words have found you at the precise moment you wanted them to; over countless decades they are here to offer you helpful guidance. We can't always have a personal coach to motivate us through our daily tasks, but remembering one or two of these quotes might be the next best thing.
My goal here is not to provide a long list of quotes, rather it is to share quotes that carry a wealth of wisdom in a handful of words. Here are some of my favorites that provide insight each time I read them. I offer my interpretation, but certainly these quotes will have special meaning for you.
Everything in our lives begins and ends with the self and the attitude we maintain. When we face disruptions or difficult people it can be a challenge to remain optimistic, but it's precisely at these times when it's most important. Keeping an eye on the larger picture, realizing that you are bigger than the problem you face, these are things that can help you stand tall even in challenging circumstances.
We all have difficulties, what is important though is how we perceive them. Do we look at them as a challenge to learn from or a setback that will stop us from reaching our goals? It is the responsibility of every individual to train the mind to be used as a powerful ally, rather than a voice that allows for excuses and rationalization.
We see here that thoughts are once again of primary importance. Additionally we see how important it is to carry these thoughts through to action. If we have correct thought, and correct speech, but we do nothing, then we will produce nothing. By aligning the three (thought, word and deed), it allows the inner world to become realized in the outer.
Arguably the worlds greatest genius, he must have known quite a bit about self-mastery. What I find fascinating about DaVinci is that he was not a scholar in the traditional sense. He apprenticed under one of the leading artisans at the time, but he did not attend another school after mastering his art.
He still managed to expand his knowledge and creativity well beyond other artists, intellectuals and leaders of his time; in the process creating some of the most enduring works of human culture. He accomplished this through diligent work and empirical investigation. He put absolute faith in his own observations. He trusted that his own perceptions, accompanied with proper logic, provided reliable information.
There isn't much else to say about this quote; the guiding words put forth by DaVinci speak volumes on their own.
A friend of mine spoke during a presentation saying "...my mind is like...infinite." I can joke about how well the thought was articulated, but it won't change the fact that he was absolutely correct. The mind, much like our field of vision, is in fact infinite. We constantly perceive the world in this present moment, yet the mind is not bound by our temporal existence.
We have unlimited imagination. Our thoughts and attention shape the world around us in a very real way. If we harness this ability, and take care to develop the creative spirit, then there is nothing that exists beyond our grasp.
What can be said about this quote? I'm personally very slow when working. I'm cautious and maybe I over-think things. Maybe you share some of these traits or often get sidetracked from your goals. These things happen; as long as you reorient yourself towards your goal and keep moving, you are bound to attain success. It kind of reminds me of the Buddhist proverb "If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking".
Each moment brings with it incredible opportunity; it can be used to remain fixated on one's course or make changes to the direction one is headed. It's clear to see how these choices shape the future. Within our personal lives as well as our views as a society, we understand that current actions will have ramifications for future generations.
One of the tenets of maintaining happiness in one's life is having something to work towards. Having goals can provide direction. As Bruce Lee says, it's not something that necessarily must be attained. Simply fixating oneself on positive thoughts of future accomplishment is often enough for maintaining motivation.
The creative individual has more power than any dogmatic system. We exist within an ever changing and evolving world; within which we are also undergoing our own evolution. In the end we must have faith in ourselves.
Accept change. Roll with the punches in life. Knowing that all things are transitory gives us greater appreciation for the present. At the same time, knowledge of the temporary state of all things allows you to experience negative circumstances with the comfort of understanding that they will not last forever.
Getting into the rhythm of life is important for our health and state of mind. Accepting the fact that everything changes can help us learn to go with the flow.
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