A recent tweet by Mr. Scott Eddy touched on happiness (and got me thinking). He tweeted the following.
People who are happy:
1. Ask for nothing
2. Laugh at themselves
3. Listen with interest
4. Rarely complain
5. Inspire others
What a great list! I think he’s on to something. In my own life I know I’m happiest if all 5 are met.
A couple items on the list I feel fairly confident that I’m meeting. A few I could stand to work on.
What about you? Do you agree with the list? What would you add to it?
If you’re a regular reader you know that I love quotes that make me think. I found another one that I’d like to share.
It’s from English poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge:
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”
I spent at least a half hour today contemplating that quote. At first I set out to prove it wrong. I did this by making a mental list of all the great things in my life and the great things I’ve accomplished.
Without fail… everything great always came out of an enthusiastic effort. I guess Coleridge was on to something.
I’m about to start on a project. One that I’m unsure of. One that, to be honest, I’m a little skeptical of the outcome. This quote has me doing an attitude adjustment.
If I go at it half-hearted there’s no way I’ll be able to make it great. Go at it with 100% enthusiasm and who knows. Something great could happen.
It doesn’t matter if it’s a relationship, church committee, work project, whatever… whenever you want greatness choose to proceed with enthusiasm.
What’s the greatest thing you’ve accomplished and was it because you were enthusiastic about it?
This morning I was running late. Not terribly late. Just about ten minutes.
To add insult to injury my Keurig decided it didn’t want to brew so grabbing my normal cup of coffee on the way out the door was slowed.
Knowing that I needed coffee (and that I’d wonder all day if my Keurig was really broken) I spent a few minutes trying to get it to work. It finally brewed and I was out the door with a large travel mug of Dunkin’ Dark.
The first part of the commute I spent kicking myself for not being on time. I wondered if my day was going to get worse. Those thoughts were immediately erased as came upon a 3 vehicle accident. One of which was a large truck that was overturned.
The accident was fairly recent. It looked like everyone was OK but I realized their day had started a lot worse than mine.
News reports confirmed no major injuries AND that it happened at the time when I should have been there… if I wasn’t running late. There was a reason I was late today and it wasn’t because of my coffee maker.
The Lord is my light and my salvation—
so why should I be afraid?
The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger,
so why should I tremble? – Psalm 27:1
Ever have what seemed like a negative at the time turn into a blessing?