The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.
– Ludwig Wittgenstein
Now I’m not going to stick with Wittgenstein’s original premise with this quote as he was referring to philosophical things beyond my grasp.
However, I believe language is both powerful and limiting. If you only speak one language that is the only language you can think and express yourself in. Not always useful.
So, my take for this minimotivator is the idea that the limits of the words you use limit your world. You can see this with children as they struggle to describe the world around them.
Expanding your vocabulary and so your language, or learning another one, will expand your world. You will know the right word to use at the right time.
Talking or writing to the level of a 10-year-old might make it easy for people to understand you but, it might be restricting the idea you are attempting to convey.
To expand your language skills start learning a new word a day or reading more. Reading more brings with it the pleasure of a good story while learning new words and ways to use them. That’s a bonus worth taking up.
Some hats can only be
worn if you’re willing to
be jaunty, to set them
at an angle and to walk
beneath them with a
spring in your stride as
if you’re only a step away
from dancing. They
demand a lot of you.
– Neil Gaiman, Anansi Boys
Would you such a hat?
Would you walk as if a step away from dancing?
What joy you would feel if you did. What a smile you would be wearing below your hat. What a presence you would be wherever you went.
We all need a hat like that in our lives. Look for one today and be ready to dance!
Patience is the ability
count down before
I’m not that patient but I love a good blastoff so I’m willing to wait. Patience is a strength worth building.
The best example is the ‘overnight success’. There is no such thing as an overnight success. You never see the ten years of struggle and hard work. The patience to keep working and improve 1 or 2% every day.
I’m going to keep working on it and be ready for blastoff.
Photo from Nasa: https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap990720.html
Life was meant to be
lived and curiosity must
be kept alive. One must
never, for whatever
reason, turn one’s back
– Eleanor Roosevelt
Curiosity is one of the ‘gifts’ I want to give my children. It’s a gift I was given that has kept me asking questions. Looking in wonder at rainbows and stars. And, wanting to learn as much as I can.
One of the regrets I have is that I will never have enough time to learn everything I want to. The days are never long enough when you need to sleep.
However, there are learning opportunities even in the mundane. Being in the moment of whatever you’re doing means you are ‘living’ your life.
I remember being told that Osho had said that to be mindful say to yourself I am doing this thing.
For example, if you are walking say to yourself, “I am walking”. If you are washing the dishes say, “I am washing the dishes.”
This never fails to bring a smile to me face when I say these things but brings me into the moment.
Try it now. I am reading a minimotivator…
See? A smile.
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Worry does not empty
tomorrow of its sorrow.
It empties today of its
– Corrie Ten Boom
Worrying takes energy. A lot of energy. The energy you could be putting into the day before you.
Worry can lead to anxiety and anxiety will rip you into shreds.
How do you stop worrying?
First, you must stop. Question the worried thoughts. What is the worst that can happen?
Think about the scenarios from an objective point of view. Go through them. See that today they cannot hurt you.
You could even say to yourself you will worry about that at 3pm today for 10 minutes. That can work to shut your mind off to the worrying thoughts.
Embarrassment is the killer. In my opinion, the more you can experience embarrassment in your mind from that objective point of view the less impact it will have on you.
So, use all your energy for today. Worry is for another day or even better no day at all.
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When I’m old I’m never going to say, “I didn’t do this”, or, “I regret that.”
I’m going to say, “I don’t regret a damn thing. I came, I went, and I did it all.”
- Kim Basinger
Hell yes! What Kim says.
Sometimes I would
almost rather have
people take away
years of my life than
take away a moment.
– Pearl Bailey
For what seems like just a moment waterfalls appear out of almost nowhere after rain in our area. So, I captured the moment because tomorrow it will be a trickle and then with no rain, gone.
Moments are what we appear to remember most. Moments of experience that etch themselves deeply into our brain’s circuits.
This goes for both good and bad moments. The bad moments I try to either delete or reframe them as a lesson or zoom out so I can see them in an objective light. They don’t seem so bad from that perspective.
But the good moments, I like when they pop into my head. I can replay them again and experience the same feeling I had when they took place.
Those are the moment’s Pearl is referring too and those are the moments that come from experiences, interactions, conversations.
Do more of that.
And be able to tap into those moments and the associated feelings when you need a boost.
Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
When I wake up I generally acknowledge that today is a great day.
Because I woke up.
I’m breathing and my nearest and dearest are up and breathing too. So, I’m at a 10 and the day hasn’t even started yet.
Do that exercise. When you wake up to acknowledge that you’re awake. That’s great!
Take that feeling into the day with you. Because one day you ain’t waking up. So, any day above ground is a good one.
And, you have the power to make of that day what you want to.
Yes. You. Do.
A life of reaction is a
life of slavery,
spiritually. One must
fight for a life of action,
Rita Mae Brown
Too often we are bouncing around like a pinball from one reaction to the next.
Ping! Ping! Ping! Ping!
This looks like we’re busy. This looks like we’re taking action.
We’re reacting to the things that come at us day after day. The only time this occurs to us is when something jolts us to our senses for a minute. And we see the reality of the game we’ve put ourselves in.
Ping! Ping! Ping! Ping!
Then before you know it, it’s game over!
Come to your senses more often. Rise above the game and start taking action.
“Nuff said.” (@chadwright278)
Normal is not
to get away from.
- Jodie Foster
“I wish you were normal.” Never a more self-belief endangering statement has been uttered.
“I wish you were normal.”
Normal doesn’t amount too much though. Normal is boring.
Normal fades into the background and leaves no ripples on a pond. Because instead of a rock thrown it’s a feather.
However, my normal is not normal. Nor is our normal their normal. Maybe normal is a time or a place or sometimes a feeling. A fleeting one. Whereby you might feel at peace. Perhaps even whole.
But, it’s always your normal, not theirs. You must aspire to get away from their normal and in doing so create big ripples that affect more people. Who will aspire to greater things and so on and so on…
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