Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Come Unity

Have you read this one before? Emphasis mine...

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Liz Strauss - (Update: I had no clue that this is actually a blog post by Liz as I received it via Email from one of the forums/email lists that I am a member of. But thanks to Google and the Internet...Liz found this post and has brought it to my notice while thanking me for sharing it with the readers here. So, here is the link to the original blog post - http://www.successful-blog.com/1/the-top-10-ways-to-start-living-your-life/ - Her blog has a whole lot more such wonderful thoughts and inspiring write-ups! You may want to check them all out... :-))

Life — it's what we do between the time we get here and when we go. We only get one, and despite what other folks might suppose, it's ours to determine what to do with it. We don't measure life in hours and minutes. We measure life in memories and moments. What do you think of when you read this sentence? "It was the time of my life." We don't say that often enough. Life either happens to us, or we take hold of life and live it. Here are 10 ways start living your life.

1. Give yourself permission to claim your life. You're the only one who can decide you're in charge of your life. Turn off the editors, the "shoulds, have tos, and musts", and the rules that didn't come from you.
2. Define what living means to you. Picture yourself at the end of your life looking back. What words would you want to describe how you lived and who you are?
3. Stop living in the future. Every time you think "when I have time I will," stop. Ask yourself, "Why not now?" Choose your life every morning.
4. Surround yourself with people who enjoy living. They've obviously discovered how to have live. Why not hang with the pros?
5. Lay down your pain and your anger. Carrying them around makes living harder and less fun. It doesn't bring anything, and it steals a lot.
6. Let the other guy win. Don't argue about things that you don't care about. Unless there's a threat, let folks prove what they need to prove. Why waste living time trying to fix what doesn't matter?
7. Create energy. Jump to forgiveness and love, then figure things out. Most conclusions we imagine are both wrong and negative. Negative conclusions lead us to prepare a defense. Being defensive isn't living. It's hiding from life.
8. Learn the physical symptoms of when your head and heart become disconnected. We know when we're behaving badly. Key into to how it feels physically. Know the symptoms, and you can stop the behavior. Living will feel safer because you won't be shooting yourself in the foot.
9. Take small risks that push your boundaries in every way. When we stretch just a bit intellectually, physically, emotionally, we grow. Living is growing. Even our cells know that.
10. Value and protect the people and places you care about. Let the people you care about come first, and let everyone know that you do. Re-read numbers 1 and 2.

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I just went and lost my cool this morning, raised my voice and argued aggressively with a team member. It was a cumulative expression of pent up anger and frustration. But, the silly thing that I am, the timing was absolutely inappropriate....enough to perhaps make the opposite party wonder whether it is time to refer me to a good doctor. I think I do best when I have energetic and enthusiastic people around me...people who want to be the best at what they do and are extremely passionate about and have a strong sense of purpose in what they're doing. Sometimes I can perhaps be such a source - rub it off on others - but at other times it is a fuel I look forward to from others. No wonder communities are so important - communities are a realization of the fact that one person cannot perpetually create magic. Being a part of a community mostly made up of people who are capable of taking turns to create magic and supply positive energy can make all the difference in the world. Blessed are the organizations that have even one such community...!

Does that sound like an irrelevant rant in the context of this post? Could be....but some of the points above help me recover from my silly mood. :-))) The tags are going to be funny - Life and Communities - or maybe not!? :-)

16 comments:

Bushka said...

Good post Ninny! Helpful hints from Liz Strauss....As for your little 'rant/tantrum'? That's makes you human; thank God for that. Maybe I could add another to the List...Perfectly controlled lives, or lives under always under control, are dangerous lives! ;)

Nimmy said...

hey Bushka...! :-) Glad you liked the post...and thanks a ton for reminding me that I can't be a perfect human being...! Har Har. :-) I guess feeding on a lot of spiritual stuff including mythologies makes me a tad too idealistic...both in terms of expectations from others and my own self. But I am nowhere near the finish line...(if there is such a thing)...!!

And I hope I keep getting such words of wisdom from you every time I act crazy! ;-)

honey said...

hey...gr8 post yaar!!
define wat living means to u..good way of putting them

Liz Strauss said...

Hi! It's always a compliment when someone finds my words inspiring. It's good to know that my thoughts are encouraging others. I work hard at writing them and they are valuable to me. (I get paid to write. That's how I make my living.)

Thank you for sharing them with your readers.

Though my name is here, it appears that somehow the link to the original has been broken or dropped. The badges in your sidebar showing your experience tell me it must a mistake of some sort. To make it easier to correct, I leave the link already coded for you.

The Top Ten Ways to Start Living Your Life

Again, thank you.
Liz Strauss

Nimmy said...

Hello Liz!

It is a pleasure to see your comment. Goes a long way to show how well-connected we all are in the era of Google! :-) Glad you found me....

And apologies for being unable to reproduce the original link. I actually received this write-up of yours on email but there was no link to the original source. I am glad you found my post and shared the original link with me. Will put it up right away. And, once again, thanks for inspiring folks like me. You make the world a better place! :-)) Rock on!! Will see you again on your blog...

Yayaver said...
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Yayaver said...

Hi nimmy, you are really a person with high energy and positive attitude in the life.I look around myself and find people living a life of quiet desperation.they are like that only and i have accepted that fact.I have my own share of problem like versatile hobbies and imaginativeness but often my ideas are day dream.10 ways to make life better is inspiraional.I am taking 2nd and 7th point in my schedule of life.Hope it will work for me as it had worked for u and Liz....

Nimmy said...

Hey Yayaver...thanks a lot for the compliment :-) Hope I remain an enthusiastic person all my life. I guess I am an optimist...but I do let negative thoughts seep in at times. Reading a lot of good stuff and being inspired by nature helps me bring back the positive attitude. :-))

Glad I shared Liz's list on this blog...for people like you. Liz would be thrilled to know that more people are inspired by her post....! :-))

Nimmy said...

Honey....thanks to Liz! :-)

Yayaver said...

Thanks Liz......

sm said...

hi
very nice post,a encouraging one, an eye opener. likeit lot
after lot of days i visited your blog,but your blog is really good.
always gives encouragement .
see you later
http://realityviews.blogspot.com

Nimmy said...

hey sm....thanks a lot for leaving a comment. happy to share such inspiring stuff...from other sources/people...

...and even happier to share some of my original (inspiring) thoughts.. :-)

waiting for an original spark very soon.. :)

Hobo ........ ........ ........ said...

Choose your life every morning.
kya baat hai...
Claps !!!

R u oK said...

Excellent Post !!
Its unusual to see such kind of stuff where practical details are told except mere words. I hope it gets even more practical and real.

Like i would seek answer to a contrary to pt.no.1: Its mostly the people that we love and who love us who kinda act as editors, perhaps coz their experiences might have not been good with the stuff we are gonna try, and thats why they suggest us. And mostly they are not ready to listen to your reason. Now turning them off might be the step to reclaim our lives, but sometimes there is a kind of guilt of not being providing them what they wanted for us; thinking there that we should had coz they were there when we needed .

R u oK said...

Just to check the box to emial follow up comments. SSooorryyyy !! :)

Nimmy said...

Hobo...R u OK....thanks for the comments, folks! Do visit Liz's blog for the original..and similar posts! :-)

R u OK - I think I get what you're saying...even I've pondered over such situations. I think one of the potential solutions is to work on the relationship quotient - communicate and explain your intentions and thoughts and help your friends/family understand what it means to you to be able to do what you want and take your own decisions! Just my 2 cents.. :-)