I stumbled on this just the other day and saved it because I thought about what a great reminder it is. There are so many who struggle trying to reach or “find” happiness, generally looking to material or tangible things, new adventures, money or promotions, to fulfill the desire when in reality, we have the choice to simply “be happy.” It’s a state of being: when we are thankful for the wonderful things we’ve been blessed with in our lives, and rely less on the things of this world to bring us to a place of happiness, we find that happiness comes from within.
“What we do in life echoes in eternity.” – Marcus Aurelius As I was looking through some photos of a visit to Rome this summer I stumbled on this one of the Colosseum, which I love, particularly because as I was taking it a bird hovered just above it and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect. It made me think of the movie Gladiator, with Russell Crowe, one of my all-time favorites. There’s the famous line “What we do in life echoes in eternity” and it’s so powerful. The thing is, it’s never too late to make life count… and there is always the beauty of hope and redemption. 🙂
“Change Your Thoughts & You Change Your World.” This afternoon I thought about the power of our thoughts, and the role our attitude and perspective plays in our day to day life. One of my clients had to reschedule a meeting last minute and I ended up with a couple of free hours … free hours that I wanted fill up by doing something ‘productive.’
There have been a couple of times over the past few months that I’ve caught myself thinking about my next adventure, escape, getaway… or even the next time I’d be able to see my family and friends that are currently living in different parts of the world. When two of my sisters left Italy this summer after an amazing holiday together I thought to myself, after a few sobs, “at least my mom will be here in two weeks”… and when my mom left after a great time together just the other week, my next thought was along the lines of “ok, at least there’s our big Thailand trip in January, I just need to get through these next few months” … And I realized that that style of thinking wasn’t the right way to live – it just wasn’t’ feasible to search for happiness in moments are that actually meant to be highlights in life, because to live that way means that you’re actually missing out on so many little aspects of life in-between.