Change the way you think. Create magic in your life!It has been a busy time period and the next few weeks are jammed. In the next 9 weeks, I will be delivering 5 keynotes and myself and a few of my associates will be at 9 trade shows.
If you would like to read about who we will be with - just go here: http://www.bobgarner.com/news.html .
While you’re there, you can read the results from my latest keynotes for Sterling Commerce and the Connecticut Podiatric Medical Association under the title, “Standing O’s and Rave Reviews.”
BIG THANK YOU TO MY PODCAST LISTENERS
A big thank you to all of you who tune in to my free motivational and spiritual podcasts. Over 25,000 people worldwide listen, and I hope that if you haven’t heard them, you will hop over to http://www.bobgarneraudio.com and take a listen. They are all archived and free to listen to on the web or download to your iPod, etc.
SEARCHING FOR HAPPINESS
Happiness can be an elusive thing. Like the butterfly that flits away when you try to catch it, yet flies near when you just stand still and its beauty is revealed to you, the search for happiness works the same way.
Unhappiness or discontentment is your false self trying to tell you that “something” is missing in your life and you must find this “something” in order to be happy and content. The problem with listening to this “false voice,” is that when you achieve that “something,” you feel “happy” - for a short time - and then your false self will tell you that you need something else to make you happy.
There a few things that you “really” need – air, water, food, shelter, clothing, etc. It’s our “wants” that drive us crazy and it’s our “wants” for which our false self lives.
You can gain control over your false self by diminishing your “wants” and taking inventory of the happiness that already exists in your life.
Taking Inventory: Observe the beautiful things you already possess. You have food, water, clothing, and a place to live and sleep. You have family or friends who care about you. Examine your positive traits and characteristics. Take a moment to experience all the happiness that is currently in your life.
See the meaning behind what you do: Identify how you add value to the lives of others as a parent, child, spouse or friend. Recognize how what you do professionally helps your company or business achieve its goals or how the time you give helps a charity or local organization. See how you have helped others with their lives.
Appreciate the results: After you have done the previous steps, savor the results. Surround yourself with the mental images of all the happiness you already posses and how you have provided others with happiness. Visualize in your mind how you have assisted others at work and aided your company. .
Notice how some of these simple steps focus on how you provide happiness to others. That is the key. By providing happiness to others, you generate that same feeling in yourself. Imagine yourself giving someone a gift. The gift makes them happy and yet, at the same time, you feel happy. You have made the other person feel good and you have felt that same feeling yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson once said about happiness and success, “Appreciate beauty; find the best in others; leave the world a bit better; know that even one life has breathed easier because you lived.”
So many people align happiness with acquiring something. Yet, the true secret of happiness is becoming aware of the happiness that is already in your own life. It’s about giving happiness to others. Like the butterfly, its gift is the beauty of its colors and how it floats around you. If you try and catch the butterfly, it will fly away. Happiness cannot be caught; it is revealed. It can be revealed to you, when you take the time to appreciate the beauty behind your offering and the beautiful nature of your being.
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“Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” – Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President.
“I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I do know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” – Albert Schweitzer, doctor, theologian, philosopher.
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature.” – Anne Frank, author of “The Diary of a Young Girl,” victim of the Holocaust.
“To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.” – Bertrand Russell, philosopher, mathematician, author.
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