For most of us, we spent a lifetime of doing, and then wonder what happened. What we miss and we find so hard is just being. This sums it up for me:
“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon in a perfectly useless manner, you have learned how to live.” Lin Yutang
And I’m reminded all the time that we are in control of our own lives… really we are. Even Dr Seuss says so:
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose”
I love being inspired by the simple and the obvious and find children’s literature and movies such a great source for wisdom. Taken from the movie, Kung Fu Panda, Kung Fu Panda shows Tai Lung making judgements of the Panda’s abilities by making assumptions of the packing.
Tai Lung: You can’t defeat me! You… you’re just a big… fat… panda!
[He throws a weak punch, Po catches his hand by the finger]
Po: I’m not a big fat panda. I’m the big fat panda.
Taken from Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne, Christopher Robin says to Pooh-bear
“If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
Well said, Christopher Robin!
Fear of failure plagues many of us, but Winston Churchill sums it up beautifully:
“Success is not final…Failure is not fatal…it’s the courage to continue that counts”