You've got to get to the stage in life where going for it is more important than winning or losing. - I think the main thing at the end of the day- is to feel good about yourself. To feel comfortable in your own skin, to know and accept yourself, to recognize what's true for you and what you need to be at peace. To discover what lights you up, to uncover your gifts so you can share them, and to feel like you aren't leaving anything in the tank. So many times people get caught up in what is or isn't happening. The result, the goal, the objective, the deadline, the five-year plan. But I think the truth is, sometimes you'll go for it - whatever it is, and you will land smack on your face. Landing on your face doesn't feel good, but you know what feels worse? Letting the idea of "can't" or "shouldn't" stop you from trying. Telling yourself you probably won't score, so why swing the bat? I'd rather fall on my face a million times than sit on the bench with fear. remember, at least when you fall, you area moving forward! Not everything will work out. You may strike out nine hundred times. But at least you can look at yourself at the end of the day and say, "I gave it everything I had today. I'll try again tomorrow." I really believe if you have that attitude and you also remember to focus on what you do have, if you don't give up on yourself or on life, you're going to win something no one can take from you. Keep swing that bat, cause eventually you will hit that ball out of the park You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.... Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real.
At a certain moment in Nietzsche's life, the idea came to him of what he called 'the love of your fate.' Whatever your fate is, whatever the heck happens, you say, "This is what I need." It may look like a wreck, but go at it as though it were an opportunity, a challenge. If you bring love to that moment - not discouragement - you will find the strength is there. Any disaster that you can survive is an improvement in your character, your stature, and your life. What a privilege! This is when the spontaneity of your own nature will have a chance to flow. Then, when looking back at your life, you will see that the moments which seemed to be great failures followed by wreckage were the incidents that shaped the life you have now. You'll see that this is really true. Nothing can happen to you that is not positive. Even though it looks and feels at the moment like an obstacle, or a negative crisis, it is not. What is the difference between an obstacle and an opportunity? Our attitude toward it. Every opportunity has a difficulty, and every difficulty has an opportunity. If you believe it will work out , you’ll see opportunities. If you believe it won’t you will see obstacles.
The definition of perseverance is to continue in a course of action even in the face of difficulty or with little or no prospect of success.
Sometimes in our practice it feels like we are making no progress. We push and we struggle, but no new growth comes of it. We begin to feel hopeless that what we are trying to accomplish is far from our reach. That's when it's important to remember these words from Buddha:
"When you dig a well, there’s no sign of water until you reach it, only rocks and dirt to move out of the way. You have removed enough; soon the pure water will flow.".
Removing the obstacles, such as the doubt, the fears, and the limiting beliefs are always a good start. That alone requires much effort and awareness but are an essential part of change. Confucius said, " “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
There lessons here are made for us to recognize that the rocks, walls, obstacles are there for a reason. Not to keep us out necessarily, but to give us a chance to see how badly we want something. Nothing worth having ever comes easy, but if you believe and persevere, all is coming.
The Mystery behind the Rainfall:
In a village there lived a saint who had a remarkable power. He could make the rain fall whenever he wanted by dancing under the open sky. It, hence, became a custom that whenever the villagers faced the the threat of a drought, they requested the sage in order to bring the rain.
Every thing in the village was going normal when an incident happened. Few guys from the city visited that village. They after having stayed for few days learnt about that special and occult capacity of the sage. They completely derided the whole story and they thought that villagers are fooled by a scoundrel. They after listening decided that they must disillusion these rustics and find out the real truth.
They challenged the sage and they said that even they can do the same. A day was decided and people from all over the village gathered due to the intense curiosity and anger that these urban champs had aroused by challenging their venerable sage.
The day was sunny and no trace of cloud could be seen. These guys confident and arrogant started dancing but nothing happened. They continued for one hour but nothing happened: no clouds came; not a single raindrop fell. They just accepted their defeat and in shame left the yard where they were dancing.
Now, it was the turn of the sage. He began to dance. Nothing happened. He continued to dance for the next one hour. Nothing changed. He never stopped and went on dancing. Every one, specially the urban boys, was watching the phenomenon with great intent. Three hours elapsed but no cloud appeared in the sky. The sage was still dancing, even after six hours had elapsed since he had started dancing. The sage was dancing since eight hours and now it seemed that his continuous efforts are all for vain but suddenly miracle happened. Clusters of cloud veiled the sky and within few minutes it started to rain.
Now, the people were applauding the resting saint, when these guys approached him for apology. He smiled and said, "Son, even you all might be wondering now that I have some occult powers but let me clarify I have none. I only kept two things in my mind. The first thing 1. I have a firm belief that when I will dance it will rain and 2. I will dance until it rains."
Today's intention, brought to you by: faith and perseverance- an essential part of a healthy diet. ;)