Thanks for every day of waking and breathing. Not just because it's my 90th Thanksgiving. But loving every day, every star in the sky, the sun and the moon every bird that flies and every beautiful memory in each of our lives.
I'm a million times happier today than I ever used to be. Which, I think, is reason enough to believe in all these things and much, much more. In my humble opinion, faith in power of joy is the foundation for everything.
I used to think I couldn't do any of the things I wanted to do. I had thousands of thoughts on the subject of how scared and stupid I was. Then I started learning about thoughts and how 99 percent of them are simply negative nonsense.
Sometimes the highlight of your day can be with a total stranger. Sometimes a life opportunity comes along in an utterly unexpected way. And then because you have so many eggs in so many baskets, when you're faced with the occasional rejection, you'll hardly notice it at all.
Living a happy life then isn't about stamping out your fears but using them as a barometer to check whether or not you're living your life to the fullest: If you're feeling a little scared then the answer is yes!
If life feels too challenging I remind myself that sometimes we need to be stimulated into action by adversity. Most social movements were the result of people finally getting fed up by being told what they couldn't do.
The trick is not to start things lightly, be it a novel or an exercise class, and not say "yes" before you really realize what it will entail. You'll feel a lot better if you only start a few things but always finish them. Knowing you can trust and rely on yourself is a great thing indeed.
I find total absorption in something much easier than meditation, with the added bonus that you have something to show for it at the end. And the few hours you spent free from thought will stand you in very good stead with whatever you need to do next.
It does seem a little unfair that we have to go through so much face-falling in life. I'm not sure why this should be the case, but I chose to believe we're given challenges so we can learn to be courageous. Because, in terms of life lessons, nothing feels much better than being brave.
I believe that difficult things happen so we can learn from them. I don't believe this because I know it to be true -- how can I? -- but because, a long time ago, I decided it'd be the best way to look at life.
Self-pity is seductive, wrapping its soft arms around you until you fall asleep, and you must be strong against it. If you sink into this particular feather mattress for too long, you may never wake up.
While I was an aspiring writer I believed that being a successful writer would change my life. Of course, I'd be much happier, I just knew it. I believed this all the years I was writing, right up until the day my first book was published.