When we start stacking up our desires and making lists of what we want it becomes endless. Somehow there is always more things we want out of Life.
Modern life is so cluttered with material attractions, competition and expectations that we impose them on ourselves and somehow get lost in the feeling that we need this or that to live a good life.
So many of us put such pressure on ourselves to achieve wealth, status and success as pre-determined by society. When did it get to a point when someone else was an authority on what is a successful life for me? When did I get to the point where I let someone else’s ambitions become a template for my own?
I started questioning and realised that I get to choose what constitutes contentment and happiness for myself. The trick is not to allow others to make you feel bad for the choices you make. To not allow myself to get pressured about situations that are beyond my control.
Its easier said than done and I have to keep reminding myself to keep my priorities straight. It is a constant practice.
Practice does make perfect, though.
Keep on practicing!
Inspire me Wednesdays are about inspiring quotes or inspiring stories, to give us all a mid-week boost.
I came across this really inspiring story recently and thought I will share it to help inspire us all.
18-year old Patrick Henry Hughes, is blind and wheelchair bound. He also plays the piano beautifully and the trumpet as a member of a marching band. He has graduated from the University of Louisville magna cum laude with a BA in Spanish.
“I mean, God made me blind and didn’t give me the ability to walk. I mean, big deal.” he says. “He gave me the talent to play piano and trumpet and all that good stuff.”
He also says that being blind has opened up a complete world to him, because he cannot see skin colour or features, but instead he sees what’s inside the person. This is someone who has truly taken his challenges into stride and transformed it into a blessing – something that many of us with all our advantages in life find difficult to do. His view of life and his ability to take what he has been given in life and make the best out of it truly astounds me.
For the full story visit http://inspire21.com/stories/truestories/GodMadeMeBlind and http://www.patrickhenryhughes.com/
More of us should strive to view life this way. No matter our challenges in life, there is always a way for us to see it in positive light. We are rarely without resources in life. Most of us do have plenty, if only we stop to appreciate them, maximise on them and be contented along the way.
Thank you Patrick Hughes, for being such an inspiration to the rest of us!
What else has inspired you recently? Share with us!
Share your ideas and inspirations by leaving a comment or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Every Wednesday , I will choose one inspiring idea/story to post.