Flying Not Walking

“The time for walking has come to an end. Now is the time for flying.”

(God)

Imagine a world where humans have evolved beyond legs and instead use wings. What would be the state of the sky?

It’s bad enough to get pooped on by a pigeon, but how would you feel if someone dropped an empty soft-drink can on your head. From far above would come a sorrowful ‘whoops‘ but this would hardly dull the pain.

Luckily, walking and flying in this context do not refer to anything we do with limbs – feathered or otherwise.

Actually, it’s a metaphor for effort.

When someone has a strong desire to succeed, then it could be said that they are flying. When they make weak effort, then they are merely walking.

How fast would you arrive at your destination if you flew? A journey of a thousand miles would take a fraction of the time as compared to walking.

In the same way, if you wanted to become a kinder person and you formulated and adopted a rigorous regime, then you would become kinder much quicker.

So what would such a regime look like?

Well, it might include the following items:

  • Read books on the subject of kindness (or, better still – write them)
  • Seek out, compile and maybe print out affirmations about kindness so that you can stick them up in every room (alternatively, set your phone to pop up with an affirmation periodically)
  • Keep the company of kind people so that you will be inspired by them
  • Study the lives (maybe via autobiographies) of kind people and emulate their practices
  • Whenever you see kindness in action (or word) then talk about it, write about it and act upon what you see by walking in their footsteps
  • Go on retreats, attend workshops and take classes with people who are teaching or following a kind lifestyle
  • Write your own list on how to be kind (and smile at people as you do so)
  • Study kindness in all forms as if you were sitting an examination at the end of the day (every day)
  • Basically, be kind more often that you would be normally and you will end up kinder quicker than you would otherwise have been.

Of course, there’s more to life than being kind, but the important stuff will come to you by practicing this.

So what are you waiting for – get out there and smile as if you’re going for gold!

That’s it.

Shoo!

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Thought of the Day – 19/03/2018

CloverMost of our time goes into pleasing others and making them happy. Often despite our best efforts we find that people do not appreciate what we have done. When we have tried hard to please someone we feel disheartened and upset.

Whatever I do is for myself.

When I recognise this fact, I will never do anything just to please others. When I am content with the effort I put in, I will never be dependent on others’ recognition of what I have done. When I enjoy everything I do, I will be truly happy.

The more content I am, the more others will start appreciating my effort.

Daily Prompt: Present

I tried to push through the crowd but it was too dense and I was too small so I crawled through the sawdust. Twisted my body between their legs until I got to what was left.

Her strong, sleek body seemed to be inside out. Blood soaked her leotard; turned the floor to swamp; bone-ends escaped her flesh; head at an impossible angle. My crumpled angel!

“Where’s the doctor?” I whispered through my tears. “There should be a doctor present at the ringside.”

Inconceivably, she heard. Eyes flickered open. Focused slowly.

“Let me go,” they said.


via Daily Prompt: Present

Courage

Who would have thought that I would have the guts to get out there and respond to a Daily Prompt? Normally, I just sit in my room and write about whatever comes into my head – but look at me now – this is so easy!

Erm. Yeah. Easy.

Oh.

Well, it seemed easy when I set out.

Erm …

A young beetle wanted to fly but couldn’t find the courage to do so, until a bird chased it along a branch until it reached the very tip. The choice was clear – either jump off, or become lunch. The beetle, terrified beyond measure, swallowed once, and jumped.

And fell.
And fell further.
And fell a little bit more.

And just before it hit the ground it flung up its wings in horror – just to cover its eyes really.

Suddenly, it stopped falling and hung, suspended in the air. Lo and behold – it was flying!

The bird, seeing all this from above, swooped down towards the little beetle, mouth agape. The beetle saw the bird coming and dodged left at the very last instant.

Phew!

Then the sun came out and dried up all the rain and spiders began moving up the trees towards the branch where the beetle had cowered in fear just moments before, and as they climbed they chittered their legs together in applause for the courage of the young beetle.

And the beetle’s autobiographer and said ‘look out little beetle – that bird is watching you still!’


via Daily Prompt: Courage

Contentment

Contentment isn’t just about being happy with whatever the world gives you. It’s about knowing, at a deep level, where you are in relation to the world.

Sit on a chair at a table and get yourself comfortable.

Rest your hands on the surface of the table and watch them. Look at your fingernails and assess their length. Do they need cutting?

Look into that idea of cutting your nails. How did you decide the optimum length of your fingernails? Maybe one of your parents told you to clip your nails when they got longer than a certain length. Maybe you watched the hands of other kids and saw what their nails looked like. Maybe you read an article about nails in a celebrity magazine. Maybe you find that if your nails are above a certain length they crack and break away. Maybe you need longer nails on one hand to be able to play guitar, or scratch your nose. Maybe you have any number of reasons for keeping your nails at a certain length.

All of these reasons relate to your level of contentment. Follow these ‘rules’ and you seem to be content. Go against them and you seem to lose your contentment.

Nails are just one aspect of life, and you can see from the above that there is so much depth to even that one, tiny facet of existence. Now think of how your life is filled with so much more detail. But don’t go into too much depth – it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the immensity of what we are.

Now distil all this detail back to an essence: we have many complexities and yet, at our heart, there is just the one observer of all these parts.

When we experience this simple truth, everything becomes simple. Despite all the pressures from around us, the advice we receive and rules we encounter. In spite of all these things, we are the one, sole authority in our life. We decide how long our nails are, and a million and one other things besides.

And so we choose our path. We can choose (or not) to follow advice and rules – but we are the ones that decide. We may decide to strike out on our own and do things differently, or we may decide to conform to society and the people around us. But the important thing to remember is that we are deciding that.

The greatest contentment comes when you realise that you are at the heart of all that is. Understand that it is you who is experiencing the world. Observe the influence that the things of the world seem to have on you, then place yourself firmly at the centre of all this seeming confusion and move resolutely in the direction that you have chosen.

Contentment comes not so much from choosing your direction, but from knowing that you are the one choosing your direction.

Find yourself, know that you are there and move onward.

Thought for the day – 19/09/17

Diamond Consciousness

Thought for Today

When you look at the world through your physical eyes, you will see all the facets of our diversity: culture, race, personality, religion and so on. Seeing only through your physical eyes, it is easy to become stubborn and to try to prove yourself right. However where there is stubbornness there is no love. And trying to prove the self right is equally offensive. A diamond will sparkle even in the dust; you do not ever need to prove that you are right. In the face of the dangers that come from seeing only with the physical eyes, always think: now is the time to go beyond all divisions, beyond all that limits us and our sense of self. Whatever the race, the religion, the class – our consciousness now has to go beyond all of that.