A dear friend of mine gave me a book the other day called.. BEING HAPPY! by Andrew Matthews
I have been busy since she gave it to me almost a week ago, but since I have been down with my back and feeling a bit sorry for myself...I thought it was time to pull out this book and brush up on my life skills! It was just what I needed. Thank you dear friend!
I am only going to share one part that I read tonight, but for sure you will hear more about it in the future.
Hope this is a good reminder to all of us..on the importance of EFFORT! Good night dear friends, thanks for your calls and prayers.
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Insects and animals are nearly always busy; preparing for winter, getting ready for spring, washing themselves, cleaning their nests, feeding their young and doing the things that animals and insects do. They are a hundred percent alive and involved. They also appear to be particularly content.
We could learn from animals. To be happy we need to be industrious. When we let things slide, it costs us. Things don't improve where we neglect them; sailors know this about their boats, athletes know it about their bodies, students know it about their minds, we all know it about the state of our garage. Any gardener finds out early that weeds come up automatically. You don't have to plant a single weed to have undergrowth right across your back yard. Things only improve with EFFORT.
Our attitude to effort is important.
We need to put in the effort because we WANT to do it; because it is our privilege and joy to learn, to test ourselves, to experiment and experience. The mistake that many people make is to work only for end results and not for the joy of working. Then, if they don't get the results they want, they are disappointed.
In a nutshell
The story of Frit Kreisler, the great violinist illustrates beautifully and the relations between effort and success. After a virtuoso performance, he was approached by a woman who said, " Mr. Kreisler, I would give my life to play as you have! "
He smiled at the woman and said, " I did!"
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" The reward of a thing well done is to have done it." ~ Emerson
" The secret of being happy is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does." ~ James M. Barrie