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A Learning Experience – More Thoughts for January 8th, 2015


I will look on all things with love and I will be born again.
I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit.
I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars.
I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul.
I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.
Og Mandino – from “The Greatest Salesman In The World”

Every day I need to remember these things. Every day I need to get out of myself and learn to love others more, and get out of myself less.
Today I was all wrapped up in myself, things just didn’t go my way today and I made myself miserable all day. What was the point of doing that?
It is all about ego, it is all about thinking that I had everything figured out and then when an obstacle came along, well it just messed up everything for a while.
I know better than that, yet there I was, sitting in my own self-pity, wondering what was the point of all my hard work if someone could come along and just take away what I had been building? Well they can’t! I can’t let them.
I knew better.
I guess life is just that way sometimes. It is learning to adapt. Learning to not let outside forces come in and take away my serenity. Learning that no matter what, sometimes things just don’t go my way.
Every obstacle is a learning opportunity, an opportunity to grow and be able to be ready to handle adversity the next time it happens. It is also a big reminder that I still have a LOT to learn about a LOT of things and that I need to make sure that I am teachable, that doing things my way in spite of what others tell me is not a good idea. What is the point of learning from people that have already been through what I am going through if I am not going to apply it in my own life? There is no point. That is what EGO is all about.
Not sure if patience is the right word to ask for, but I know that acceptance is.
I will learn, I will grow, I will succeed. I WILL!
Enjoy your day
Mark Eaves

Nike is Right

I have thought about this daily prompt a lot this morning, more than I usually do.

To be, to have, to think, to move — which of these verbs is the one you feel most connected to? Or is there another verb that characterizes you better?

I guess the fact that I thought about it should give me the answer, and it probably does. I think a lot. I over think a lot.

In a morning meditation book that I read, you know, one of those books that has 365 days of thoughts and suggestions, it talked about complacency. Complacency is my enemy. When things are going good or if things are feeling right, I tend to stop doing the things that got me to that point and just assume that things are going to continue. I have done it over and over for most of my life. It has got me into a lot of trouble.

Why is that? I get into a good routine and feel good about it and then I just stop. There are a lot of reasons that I could probably come up with, but none of them are good excuses. Part of it is EGO. Taking all the credit for my successes, even when I know that most of it was none of my doing. I stop doing the little things. I hate that I do that.

I know what I want now. I know what I need to be happy and to live a full life. It is all within reach, I can see it, I can feel it. Unfortunately I keep getting in my own way instead of just going for it. He who hesitates is lost, right?

So maybe BE, HAVE, THINK, MOVE are not the right verbs for me.

Maybe Nike had it right all this time. . . . just DO it!