Inspiration at 5 degrees

Although this seems rather obvious, it is elusive for the majority of the population. Why? There are several reasons including clinical depression or simply just not being able to replace negative thoughts due to your circumstance, your health, family issues and so on, Sometimes the most evident concepts are difficult to attain. So how do you get there? I think answer based on the fact that you can’s change the past or predict the future so you might as well enjoy the present. Dale Carnegie calls it living in daylight compartments. I often think about the past and what I may have done differently but all I can do is learn from the past. And I often worry about the future with regard to health or another issue but the worry accomplishes nothing. So that leaves the present moment. Enjoy it. Take it all in. After spending 10 years in the funeral and cemetery business, you don’t know what the future holds.

Little is truly known about the Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu (sometimes also known as Laozi or Lao Tze), who is a guiding figure in Daoism (also translated as Taoism), a still popular spiritual practice. He is said to have been a record keeper in the court of the central Chinese Zhou Dynasty in the 6th century B.C., and an older contemporary of Confucius. This could be true, but he may also have been entirely mythical—much like Homer in Western culture. It is certainly very unlikely that (as some legends say) he was conceived when his mother saw a falling star, or born an old man with very long earlobes – or lived 990 years. Lao Tzu is said to have tired of life in the Zhou court as it grew increasingly morally corrupt. So he left and rode on a water buffalo to the western border of the Chinese empire. Although he was dressed as a farmer, the border official recognised him and asked him to write down his wisdom. According to this legend, what Lao Tzu wrote became the sacred text called the Tao Te Ching. After writing this piece, Lao Tzu is said to have crossed the border and disappeared from history, perhaps to become a hermit. In reality, the Tao Te Ching is likely the compilation of the works of many authors over time. But stories about Lao Tzu and the Tao Te Ching itself passed down through different Chinese philosophical schools for over two thousand years.

We spend an awful lot of time at work so it is important to love what you do, There are too many people going to work everyday who do not enjoy there profession. There is another consideration of course and that is, a family to support which sometimes put us in the position of having to do something we may not enjoy. However, the link is proven; that if you do what you love, the money will follow. I have recently been thinking about doing something that I love – helping other people. I do that in my current job in terms of training new salespeople and helping businesses grow. But is that enough? Am i doing enough to contribute to society? Am I making a measurable difference?

This quote says it all. I recently made a major life decision in a very short period of time. The reaction was split 50/50 despite the fact that I am 100% comfortable with my decision. One of my associates when I told him what had happened said ” You’re going to die ” In other words, go for it. YOLO.

My favourite quote is ” adversity builds character ” After suffering through two clinical depressions, my doctor told me that I would emerge as a stronger person and I believe that he is right. Until you experience challenges in life, you cannot fully evolve in terms of both character and resilience. When I was younger, I often judged other people based on career or income until I realized how unimportant these thing were. They don’t even make my top ten list of what’s important in life which includes good health, love, happiness, peace of mind, family and friends, helping others, taking care of the world with respect to the environment and animals, and so on.

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