Set Your Life in the Right Spot

Be Well Be Happy

August in Rockaway. A time of slowing down. A time of rest. A time of contemplation. A time of planning. I have a short message this week and then will share some wisdom from some who inspire me to think differently, accept that all is ever-changing and to make changes.     

I have this small orchid plant since 2014.  t has been in a spot behind and under the leaves of two Christmas cacti. I watered it week to week, the leaves were kind of close to the pot and it had remained like that all of the time it was in that place. Surviving. It occurred to me recently to move it to its own place with more direct morning sun. I moved this little orchid plant from one place to another place and the leaves are reaching out and up and it is growing.  Prior to this move, it got what it needed to stay alive; but it didn’t get what it needed to thrive.

I took this as a lesson for myself. We have survival instincts, we can put up with a lot.  Are we just surviving? Or flourishing? If we set our lives in the right spot, we will flourish.  Whatever that means for each of us. And it is not static. Every once in a while, we may have to shift because everything is ever changing, nothing stays the same. Every once in a while, if we ask ourselves, “am I thriving?”, we will know if we have to place our lives in more direct sunlight.  

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.”  - Maya Angelou

“There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done.  One is called yesterday and the other is called tomorrow, so today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.”  - Dalai Lama

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive - to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  - Marcus Aurelius

“Every morning, when we wake up, we have twenty-four brand new hours to live.  What a precious gift!  We have the capacity to live in a way that these twenty-four hours will bring peace, joy, and happiness to ourselves and others.”  - Thich Nhat Hanh

“Accept - then act.  Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.  Make it your friend and ally; not your enemy.  This will miraculously transform your whole life.”  - Eckhart Tolle

“Thanks to our human body, we can feel, we can heal, and we can transform.  We can experience life in all its wonders... Thanks to our body, everything is possible.” - Thich Nhat Hanh

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be compassionate. May you be grateful. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace. 

By Paulette Mancuso

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