Are you aware and open to the change that can occur with each encounter with another human being? Or are you just going through the motions of your day, unaware of the people around you? Are those encounters moments of distraction or of Divine Grace?
When I fell and broke my wrist in January, I very good friend of mine gave me an amazing gift. It was a subscription to Philosopher’s Notes by Brian Johnson. Brian has read all kinds of classic business, psychology and self help books and has written 6 page summaries and recorded 20 minute MP3s on each book so that one can absorb the big ideas of books in a shorter amount of time. Those twenty minutes every morning have been a great way to start my day. www.philosophersnotes.com
I believe these notes are beginning to sink in. When I hear ideas about positive thinking and taking action over and over again, it motivates me to think about what I am doing and how I can do it better. I am also learning that no one can be in DO mode all the time, and that our bodies need rest, proper nutrition and exercise, and time for creative thinking.
I am creating a notebook of all the notes for reference. My scribbles are all over them, circling ideas that I will use in my own books as I write. And I love having MP3’s so that I can listen to a note when I am cooking dinner or driving somewhere.
Today’s note contained a quote from Albert Einstein. “The single most important decision any of us ever have to make is whether or not we will live in a friendly universe.” I get to decide what my day, my life is going to look like. If I look for all the bad in the world, I will surely find it. If I choose to find the good in any situation, I will surely find that too. I am choosing to be an optimist, and that make my life a lot easier. I still have bumps in the road, but the bumps become opportunities for me to become a better person. I can see good, even in things like a broken wrist.