I’ve been a seeker for most of my life now and I find wonderful things in many different places. One of them is from The Daily Love; a daily blog by Mastin Kipp. As part of his blog, he provides quotes pertaining to his blog. I find that these quotes are meaningful to me in a way that it puts me in a state of mind that I need for the day so I began making it my morning ritual to read his blog before I lifted my sleepy head off the pillow. Sometimes, the message is selfishly mine and it reads as if it was written just for me but today I find the message is for everyone.
“You must constantly ask yourself these questions: Who am I around? What are they doing to me? What have they got me reading? What have they got me saying? Where do they have me going? What do they have me thinking? And most important, what do they have me becoming? Then ask yourself the big question: Is that okay? Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change.” – Jim Rohn, is an American entrepreneur, author and motivational speaker. His work has been influential in launching or furthering the careers of many others in the personal development industry, including Anthony Robbins, Mark Victor Hansen, Brian Tracy and Jack Canfield.
Our society has been on this spiral of selfishness and popularity for a long time. Every network has reality shows or talent shows where bad behavior and celebrity seekers are glorified. Having a visible “healthy balance” of entertainment and education is a struggle for anyone channel surfing. We are, like the dog in UP, constantly distracted by the loud voices and drama rather than focusing on our own reality. We constantly seek approval, affirmation, self-worth from others and rarely take a moment to take ownership of our own self worth and take responsibility for where we are right now. Why aren’t we paying attention to what we do, what we say, who we surround ourselves with and what situations we allow ourselves to be part of – these all make us who we are.
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” – Jack Canfield
I’m putting myself with people that are closer to a tipping point to turn away from these sensational influences. I’m surrounding myself with the people that represent who I want to be, who I admire, who appreciate my journey as much as they enjoy their own. It has made a difference; I can feel it. I’m seeking other seekers who have found something I want to know more about. I fill my ears and my eyes with things that make me a more caring, compassionate and knowledgeable person and hopefully someone who others want to spend time with because they feel valued and important when we’re together.
I’m a work in progress with a lot of mistakes to prove that I’m still learning. I accept that part of me that fails as much as the part of me that accomplishes greatness. Having the faith to keep trying and not accept failure sounds too much like a Hallmark card that I’d roll my eyes at but Mr. Einstein made a much more acceptable observation of his own attempts towards greatness.
“I have not failed, I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” -Albert Einstein