Watercolors Friday – Celebrating Words

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“Study drawing shows the allegorical figure of Romance nude. She bends her head to read a book on her lap. Romance was one figure in a painting, The arts, in the north end lunette of the Southwest Gallery in the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building.” Graphite drawing (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week, I took a few days off, needing to unplug a bit, and decided to spend most of my time just reading. If ever the time comes when machines take over and we are reduced to sources of energy, as in the movie The Matrix, just plug me all over within a virtual library, and I will be happy, yielding an entire grid of energy source. I am also a junkie for inspirational and self-help books. Although I always prefered to read from an actual tome, mostly due to an engagement of the senses – touch, smell, visual – (too bad taste is not involved, as I would devour the book as well, but I have to agree that in a way ,the auditory is present in a physical tome, as characters talk and evolve in the ears of the mind, and maybe so the palate), I have found that I can read faster and consume more books using an electronic device, in this case a Nook. I read over 19 books, some shorter than others, and found myself in a delightful state, surprised as well that I have taken so much liking to e-reading.  Propped myself at the same chair, I wonder if my new neighbors would question if I am a manequin or a real person, as it happened that everytime they came home, there I was, in the same position.

I read all kinds of topics, mostly inspirational and self-help ebooks. Some I liked more than others, and a few I loved. Those, I want to share in this post, therefore celebrating words, whether printed on paper or electronic devices. The medium might evolve, however words will always remain. So as part of Watercolors Friday, I celebrate these ebooks.

  • The Beach Misses You by Steve Rhode
  • Attack Your Day Before it Attacks You by Mark Woods and Trapper Woods
  • The Path to Happiness and Wealth by Steve Rhode
  • As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (finally I crossed this one off the list, believe it or not, and so the next one.)
  • Acres of Diamonds by Russell Herman Conwell

Those are excellent in my opinion and worth celebrating today – HAPPY WATERCOLORS FRIDAY!

Following Your Bliss

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What is bliss?  It is defined as:  supreme happiness; utter joy or contentment.  I define it as finding your balance, your equilibrium.  Each individual’s bliss is different.  And everyone operates at a different level.  Sometimes, we burn ourselves running after what we think will make us happier:  more money, another step on the corporate ladder, a bigger paycheck, or many other ideals.  In our search and journey we realize that something is missing, even when the prize has been obtained.  In the intense focus and chase of our goal, we fell out of balance – we lost our bliss.

Somehow, our prize is not as shiny as we thought it was.  And soon, we set our eyes on another goal, and the race starts all over again.  Setting goals, and planning is great, but we also have to find the balance while achieving them, otherwise we lose appreciation and become empty vessels looking for fulfillment.  So, how do we follow our bliss without ending up tired and disappointed?

Because everyone is unique, there is no recipe or mold.  The answer is within us, and all we have to do is look inside and figure out what makes us, not only happy, but whole.  When we realize what it is, slow and steady steps will take us there, while enjoying the process on the way.  Each day will bring its own rewards, but its challenges, too.

We live on an instant fast-paced society.  Everything was due yesterday.  We are conditioned to react and think fast.  If we want to follow our bliss, we will have to slow down the speed of life, or at least our perception of it (our attention).  When we live mindfully we are slowing down the speed and opening our minds and hearts to what makes us whole and happy.  Some of us, will make radical changes, others, small adjustments.  For some, the climb is steep, for others a small turn in the road.  But the rewards are living a happy and balanced life in harmony with one’s self and the world around us.  What could be better than that?


The Measure of Success

Success sounds like a distant word for many, unattainable to others, as far as the stars, to most.  This is far from the truth.  Success is just a state of mind and appreciation.  It is what you think is happening in your life after you put effort and work into something. 

Maybe, when we think of success we think in terms of comparing ourselves to very successful people – millionaires, hollywood stars, best-selling authors, novel prize winners … and so on.  However, the true measure of success is very personal.  When we measure our success in terms of another person’s success, we are denying ourselves.  We are saying to ourselves that we don’t matter as much, that we must be like someone else to be happy, that our dreams can only be measured by the dreams of others – who have attained theirs.  We should see the success in others as fuel to propel our own, as mentors, as inspiration, not as a ruler or measure stick.

I have learned to celebrate my small successes and big ones all the same.  I have learned to appreciate every effort and its results, because learning to appreciate small and big success in our lives helps us attune ourselves to receive the fruits of our labor, the blessings, and all the great things to come.  When we learn to see and celebrate the good happenings in our lives, only growth can follow, and we are aligning ourselves for bigger and better things.