“The Mystery of Human Existence” Today’s Quote

The mystery of human existence lies not in just staying alive, but in finding something to live for.

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Something to Think About

To change one’s life is not to change outer circumstances: it is to change one’s reactions.

Maurice Nicoll

 

How I respond to life’s circumstances creates the life I live. I think of something as simple as listening to someone say something I do not like. My immediate reactions are anger, defensiveness, counter attack, or retreat into my silent kingdom where only I am allowed entrance. Sound familiar?

There is a different way. I can choose to enter into constructive dialogue.

I can choose to seek to understand the other.

I can choose to listen and to respond in a way that furthers the relationship.

Have you found yourself in situations where you chose to set aside your initial ‘gut reaction’ and respond constructively? What was happening? Did it help to forge a more deeper dialogue?

Today’s Quote on Choices

Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you; be careful the friends you choose for you will become like them.

W. Clement Stone

Today’s Quote on Responsibility

You are responsible for how your life turns out, and your attitude shapes that life for better or worse.

Earl Nightingale

“Loss and Gain” Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

LOSS AND GAIN

     When I compare
What I have lost with what I have gained,
What I have missed with what attained,
  Little room do I find for pride.
     I am aware
How many days have been idly spent;
How like an arrow the good intent
  Has fallen short or been turned aside.
     But who shall dare
To measure loss and gain in this wise?
Defeat may be victory in disguise;
  The lowest ebb is the turn of the tide.

Excerpt From
The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow