28 November 2017      

Hello, and welcome to the final few days of November.  Very soon
we'll be moving into our final month of the year, but for now we
still have many opportunities to end this month well, to put a positive
exclamation point on all that we've done over the last four weeks.

How will you end your November?

How Are We Doing?
A Millennium Address
the Dalai Lama

Persistent Purpose
Orison Swett Marden

Time Today for Tomorrow
tom walsh 

Please feel free to contact us at info at livinglifefully.com
Living Life Fully home
- e-zine archives - Daily Meditations
Don't forget that you can receive an e-mail reminder each time
that our e-zine is published, a free e-mail of our daily
quotations and/or our weekly Digest.  Click here to learn more!

   

Acceptance is a letting-go process.  You let go of your wishes and demands that life can be different.  It's a conscious choice.

Gary Emery

In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage.  In every defeat is a lesson showing
you how to win the victory next time.

Robert Collier

Without an awareness of our feelings we cannot experience compassion.  How can we share the sufferings and the joys of others if we cannot experience our own?

Gary Zukav

  

How are we doing?  This address was given eighteen years ago on the occasion of the arrival of the new millennium.  How have we done over the past eighteen years?  Are we progressing, or regressing?

A Millennium Address
the Dalai Lama

Many people seem to be excited about the new millennium, but the new millennium in itself will be nothing special.   As we enter into the new millennium things will be the same; there will be nothing unusual.   However, if we really want the next millennium to be happier, more peaceful and more harmonious for humankind we will have to make the effort to make it so.  This is in our hands, but especially in the hands of the younger generation.

We have had many experiences during this century-- constructive as well as extremely destructive ones.  We must learn from these experiences.   We need to approach the next millennium more holistically, with more openness and farsightedness. If we are going to make the right kind of efforts to make the future of the world better, I believe the following matters are of great importance.

1. While engaging in material progress and taking care of physical wellbeing we need to pay equal attention to developing peace of mind and thus taking care of the internal aspect of our being.

2. Along with education, which generally deals only with academic accomplishments, we need to develop more altruism and a sense of caring and responsibility for others in the minds of the younger generation studying in various educational institutions.  This can be done without necessarily involving religion.  One could therefore call this 'secular ethics', as it in fact consists of basic human qualities such as kindness, compassion, sincerity and honesty.

3. This past century in some ways has been a century of war and bloodshed.   It has seen a year by year increase in defense spending by most countries in the world.   If we are to change this trend we must seriously consider the concept of non-violence, which is a physical expression of compassion.   In order to make non-violence a reality we must first work on internal disarmament and then proceed to work on external disarmament.  By internal disarmament I mean ridding ourselves of all the negative emotions that result in violence.  External disarmament will also have to be done gradually, step by step. We must first work on the total abolishment of nuclear weapons and gradually work up to total demilitarization throughout the world.   In the process of doing this we also need to work towards stopping the arms trade, which is still very widely practiced because it is so lucrative. When we do all these things, we can then hope to see in the next millennium a year by year decrease in the military expenditure of the various nations and a gradual working towards demilitarization. Human problems will, of course, always remain - but the way to resolve them should be through dialogue and discussion.   The next century should be a century of dialogue and discussion rather than one of war and bloodshed.

4. We need to address the issue of the gap between the rich and the poor, both globally and nationally.  This inequality, with some sections of the human community having abundance and others on the same planet going hungry or even dying of starvation, is not only morally wrong, but practically also a source of problems.  Equally important is the issue of freedom.  As long as there is no freedom in many parts of the world there can be no real peace and in a sense no real freedom for the rest of the world.

5, For the sake of our future generations, we need to take care of our earth and of our environment.  Environmental damage is often gradual and not easily apparent and by the time we become aware of it, it is generally too late.  Since most of the major rivers flowing into many parts of south-east Asia originate from the Tibetan plateau, it will not be out of place to mention here the crucial importance of taking care of the environment in that area.

6. Lastly, one of the greatest challenges today is the population explosion.  Unless we are able to tackle this issue effectively we will be confronted with the problem of the natural resources being inadequate for all the human beings on this earth.

We need to seriously look into these matters that concern us all if we are to look forward to the future with some hope.

January 1, 2000
   

welcome page - contents - gallery - obstacles - quotations - the people behind the words
our current e-zine - articles and excerpts - Daily Meditations, Year Two - Year Three
     

Sign up for your free daily spiritual or general quotation
~ ~ Sign up for your free daily meditation

  

We have some inspiring and motivational books that may interest you.  Our main way of supporting this site is through the sale of books, either physical copies or digital copies for your Amazon Kindle (including the online reader).  All of the money that we earn through them comes back to the site in one way or another.  Just click on the picture to the left to visit our page of books, both fiction and non-fiction!

    

    
Persistent Purpose
Orison Swett Marden

We hear a great deal of talk about genius, talent, luck, chance, cleverness, and fine manners playing a large part in one's success.  Leaving out luck and chance, all these elements are important factors.  Yet the possession of any or all of them, unaccompanied by a definite aim, a determined purpose, will not insure success. People drift into business.  They drift into society.  They drift into politics.  They drift into what they fondly and but vainly imagine is religion.  If winds and tides are favorable, all is well; if not, all is wrong.  Stalker says: "Most people merely drift through life, and the work they do is determined by a hundred different circumstances; they might as well be doing anything else, or they would prefer to be doing nothing at all."  Yet whatever else may have been lacking in the giants of the race, the people who have been conspicuously successful have all had one characteristic in common--doggedness and persistence of purpose.

It does not matter how clever youths may be, whether they lead their class in college or outshines all the others in his community, they will never succeed if they lack this essential of determined persistence.  Many people who might have made brilliant musicians, artists, teachers, lawyers, able physicians or surgeons, in spite of predictions to the contrary, have fallen short of success because deficient in this quality.

Persistency of purpose is a power.  It creates confidence in others.  Everybody believes in the determined person.  When they undertake anything their battle is half won, because not only they themselves, but every one who knows them, believes that they will accomplish whatever they set out to do.  People know that it is useless to oppose a person who uses stumbling-blocks as stepping-stones; who is not afraid of defeat; who never, in spite of calumny or criticism, shrinks from the task; who never shirks responsibility; who always keeps their compass pointed to the north star of their purpose, no matter what storms may rage about them.

The persistent person never stops to consider whether they are succeeding or not.  The only question with them is how to push ahead, to get a little farther along, a little nearer the goal.  Whether it lead over mountains, rivers, or morasses, they must reach it.  Every other consideration is sacrificed to this one dominant purpose.

The success of a dull or average youth and the failure of a brilliant one is a constant surprise in American history.  But if the different cases are closely analyzed we shall find that the explanation lies in the staying power of the seemingly dull person, the ability to stand firm as a rock under all circumstances, to allow nothing to divert them from their purpose.
   

Free Wallpaper!  Just click below
on the size your desktop is
formatted to, right-click on the
picture that appears in the new
window, and choose
"Set as background."
(This photo's from a spring
day at Lake Louise)

1280 x 800  -  1440 x 900

    

To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.  Most persons
do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.
The sun illuminates only the eye of the adult, but shines into the
eye and heart of the child.  The lover of nature is one whose inward
and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has
retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of adulthood.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

   

 

Time Today for Tomorrow

We read quite often in inspirational literature that all we have is today--that tomorrow and yesterday don't matter, because right here and right now is all that matters.  That's all fine as a theory, of course, but what does it really mean?  After all, if I'm doing something important tomorrow, there's a good chance that I have to plan for it today.  How, then, can I call tomorrow unimportant?  Perhaps what I'm doing today is a result of preparations that I made yesterday--can I really say that yesterday doesn't matter anymore, then?

I think that what we need to do is to shift our perspective.  So many of us get so focused on tomorrow's job interview or presentation that we sacrifice today--which is the only time that we really have any influence over what happens to us.  Today I'm going to talk to people, to share with people, to help people, to be helped by people--and if my mind is on tomorrow, I'm not going to be able to share the present with people today.

We've all had those times when we've been so focused on what's going to happen this weekend that people will have to force us back to the present.  This happens a lot with parents and kids--dad starts thinking about Friday's deadline, while his daughter is saying, "Look, Daddy!"

Too, often, Dad's response is "Not now, honey.  Maybe later."  Not now--two words that have caused millions of people to miss out on sharing millions of beautiful experiences with loved ones.  But if not now, then when?  Far too often, those words end up meaning "Never," because the special time for sharing will have passed.

   

It is something to be able to paint a particular picture,
or to carve a statue, and so make a few objects beautiful;
but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere
and medium through which we look.
To affect the quality of the day--that is the highest of arts.

Henry David Thoreau

   
For example, I teach five classes today.  I've spent time preparing for them--I spent a couple of hours yesterday and the day before creating worksheets and quizzes, so I don't need to worry about those.  I've set aside time tomorrow to prepare the worksheets for Wednesday, so I don't have to worry about those.  I've done the readings and the grading that I needed to do to be ready for today, so on this day I can put my full attention and effort in the present moment.  I can give all that I have to each class because I'm not going to need to worry about the next class or the next few classes.  I've even started working on next week's tests so that when the day for them comes, I'm ready and I don't have to face extra stress that day.

But then we think, wait a minute--you are worrying about tomorrow if you're preparing tomorrow's tests today.  And I would respond by saying that a certain part of any today is spent preparing for tomorrow or the next day or next week.  We're going back east to see my wife's family in March, and we've already bought the tickets and reserved the hotel.  And one of the reasons that I like to do such a thing so early is that if I don't, I'm going to spend part of today wondering about how much everything is going to cost, whether we're going to get rooms in a good hotel, whether we'll get good flights.  Now that it's done, those thoughts don't even enter my mind any more.

So some of today may end up being about tomorrow, but it's usually not the case when I teach five classes.  I teach no classes tomorrow, so it's much better for me to dedicate some time tomorrow to Wednesday's classes--if I take an hour tomorrow to get ready for Wednesday, then I can be fully present at all times on Wednesday.

I don't ever want to have a student come to me for help and have to tell them, "I can't help you now because I'm getting ready for class in an hour."  After all, them coming to me for help is one of my most important responsibilities.
    

See each morning a world made anew, as if it were the
morning of the very first day; treasure and use it,
as if it were the final hour of the very last day.

Fay Hartzell Arnold

    
So today, I'm going to be focused on today.  I'm not going to worry about who was absent last week, or what a particular student did or didn't do two weeks ago because my focus today is on the concepts and ideas that we've prepared for today.  I'm not going to tell my wife that I can't talk to her because I didn't get ready for today's classes and I'm stressed out because I'm not sure what we're going to do because I did dedicate some time in yesterday's today to deal with that issue.

That doesn't mean that I've left everything I need to do for today until today.  Likewise, some of the work that I do today may be preparation for tomorrow, Friday, or next month.  Today is a special gift and I should take full advantage of that gift by appreciating all that it has brought to me, but some of what it has brought me is time that I may use to free up a little time tomorrow when I can go for a nice walk or relax for an hour and read something fun and interesting.

Sometimes our most effective use of the time we've been giving today is to plan and to ready ourselves for tomorrow.

We have finals coming up, and I need to have tests ready to go when the students show up for their tests.  Do I wait until the day of the final to prepare them because that test is that day's work?  If I do that, I won't leave myself any time for checking the accuracy of the test, for proofreading, for making enough copies for everyone.  If I get those tests ready to go today and tomorrow, it's true that I'm not able to do certain things today, and one could say that I'm losing out on what today offers because I'm focused on the future.  But when all is said and done, the days of the tests will be much more positive and fulfilling because of the work that I do today--if I didn't do that work, I would be setting myself up for some miserable days.
   

What we are left with then is the present, the only time where
miracles happen. We place the past and the future as well
into the hands of God. The biblical statement that "time
shall be no more" means that we will one day live fully
in the present, without obsessing about past or future.

Marianne Williamson

   
This day is a special gift.  But the way that our world is structured, the way that our lives fit into the lives of everyone else, makes it important sometimes to use this gift to prepare for the future, and not just focus on the present moment.  I'm a huge proponent of being present in the moment and trying to take advantage of all that the present moment has to offer, but the realistic side to me says that sometimes those offers must be put aside because we need to prepare for something that's coming up.

The trick, of course, is to choose which offers we pass up and which we don't.  My preparations for tomorrow can wait fifteen minutes if I have a chance to talk to a young person.  I can go to bed a bit later if need be, but if someone asks me for important advice on an urgent matter, I'll put aside my plans for tomorrow rather than continue to plan.  This is one of the reasons for which I've learned to start planning two weeks out rather than two days out--something almost always will come up that will make my plans moot, and that will push my plans back a day or two.  If I start early enough, that kind of disruption will be easy to deal with and won't cause me an inordinate amount of stress.

So enjoy your day--get the most out of it that you can.  But remember that tomorrow will come no matter how much we try to deny that it will, and much of tomorrow's enjoyment may depend on today's preparation.

   
More on today.

   

One of the most important elements
of living life fully is awareness-- awareness of our surroundings, of other people and their motives and fears and desires, of the things that affect us most in our lives, both positively and negatively. In the twelve years of livinglifefully.com's existence, this essay series has been a mainstay of the weekly e-zine--a series that has explored not just the things that exist and that happen around us, but also our reactions to those things. The first five years of the column are now available exclusively on Kindle.

   

  

Living Life Fully, the e-zine
exists to try to provide for visitors of the world wide web a place
of growth, peace, inspiration, and encouragement.  Our articles
are presented as thoughts of the authors--by no means do we
mean to present them as ways that anyone has to live life.  Take
from them what you will, and disagree with whatever you disagree
with--just know that they'll be here for you each week.

  
  

   

HOME - contents - Daily Meditations - abundance - acceptance - achievement - action - adversity - advertising - aging - ambition
anger - anticipation - anxiety - apathy - appreciation - arrogance - art - attitude - authenticity - awakening - awareness - awe
balance - beauty - being yourself - beliefs - body - brooding - busyness - caring - celebration - challenges -
change - character
charity - children - choices - Christianity - coincidence - commitment - common sense - community - comparison - compassion
competition - complaining - compliments - compromise - confidence - conformity - conscience - contentment - control - cooperation
courage - covetousness - creativity - crisis - criticism - cruelty -  death - decisions - desire - determination - disappointment
discipline - discouragement - diversity - doubt - dreams - earth - education - ego - emotions - encouragement - enlightenment
enthusiasm - envy - eternity - ethics - example - exercise - experience - failure - faith - fame - family - fate - fathers - fault-finding
fear - feelings - finances - flowers - forgiveness - freedom - friendship - frustration - fun - the future - garden of life - gardening
generosity - gentleness - giving - goals - God - goodness - grace - gratitude - greatness - greed - grief - growing up - guilt - habit
happiness - hatred - healing - health - heart - helpfulness - home - honesty - hope - hospitality - humility - hurry - ideals - identity
idleness  - idolatry - ignorance - illusion - imagination - impatience - individuality - the inner child - inspiration - integrity - intimacy
introspection - intuition - jealousy - journey of life - joy - judgment - karma - kindness - knowledge - language - laughter - laziness
leadership - learning - letting go - life - listening - loneliness - love - lying - magic - marriage - materialism - meanness - meditation
mindfulness - miracles - mistakes - mistrust - moderation - money - mothers - motivation - music - mystery - nature - negative attitude
now - oneness - open-mindedness - opportunity - optimism - pain - parenting - passion - the past - patience - peace - perfectionism
perseverance - perspective - pessimism - play - poetry - positive thoughts - possessions - potential - poverty - power - praise
prayer
- prejudice - pride - principle - problems - progress - prosperity - purpose - reading -recreation - reflection - relationships
religion - reputation - resentment - respect - responsibility - rest - revenge - risk - role models - running - ruts - sadness - safety
seasons of life - self - self-love - self-pity - self-reliance - self-respect selfishness - serving others - shame - silence - simplicity
slowing down - smiles -solitude - sorrow - spirit - stories - strength - stress - stupidity - success - suffering - talent
the tapestry of life - teachers - thoughts - time - today - tolerance - traditions - trees - trust - truth - unfulfilled dreams - values
vanity - virtue - vulnerability - walking - war - wealth - weight issues - wisdom - women - wonder - work - worry - worship
youth - spring - summer - fall - winter - Christmas - Thanksgiving - New Year - America - Zen sayings - articles & excerpts
Native American wisdom - The Law of Attraction - obstacles to living life fully - e-zine archives - quotations contents
our most recent e-zine - Great Thinkers - the people behind the words

   

All contents 2017 Living Life Fully, all rights reserved.
Please feel free to re-use material from this site other than copyrighted articles--
contact each author for permission to use those.  If you use material, it would be
greatly appreciated if you would provide credit and a link back to the original
source, and let us know where the material is published.  Thank you.

   

The only faculty by which we can bring the invisible near, is the imagination. Beyond that which the eye sees, beyond that which the ear hears, is a great region in which life is freer and more transcendently glorious than this. The imagination in us finds its field in trying to grasp that great fact.

Reuen Thomas

  
Imagination is a flame that ignites the creative spirit.  Imagination lights up your mind by stoking mental fires.  It can be stimulated from the outside through the senses, or from the inside through the driving power of curiosity and discontent.

Imagination stimulates your thinking power by giving your mind abundant data with which to work.  It opens the gate to dreams and fantasies so that you may become receptive, as a little child, in exploring the Kingdom of Ideas.

Imagination guides you in your contacts with individuals and crowds, so you can discover new concepts and approaches.

Imagination inspires you to look at everything with fresh eyes, as though you had just come forth from a dark tunnel into the light of day.  Imagination becomes for you a magic lamp with which to search the darkness of the unknown, that you may discover new goals or chart more productive paths to old goals.

Imagination helps you to recognize the reality of facts, but then to go beyond them, to penetrate beneath them, to rise above them in your search for creative answers to problems.  Imagination "stirs up the gift of God in thee."  Through your imagination you touch and express the inspiration of the Infinite.  Imagination, in the words of Shakespeare, "gives to airy nothing a local habitation and a name."  You reach into the heavens to grasp an idea, then you bring it down to earth and make it work.

Wilferd A. Peterson
   

  

Our interdependence with others is the most encompassing fact of human
reality--our personalities are made by our contacts with others.  There
is, therefore, a duty which falls upon all of us--to become free,
loving, warm, cooperative, affirmative personalities.

Joshua Loth Liebman

    

  

   

A new way of reading has been here for a while now.  And while we still love our books, if you're like many people, you get tired of lugging around the books that sometimes weigh more than anything else we carry.  Imagine carrying hundreds of books--novels, self-help, history, travel, you name it--and reading them comfortably on a no-glare screen, setting things like text size to your own preferences.  It's a great experience, and it's available to us now for less than the cost of ten books.  And there are plenty of free books to download, especially timeless classics--you can easily get enough free books to pay for the Kindle.  Give yourself the gift of wonderful literature that you can easily bring with you, wherever you go!

Visit our Facebook page
for uplifting quotations, images,
articles, and ideas.  Share us with
your friends and offer them the
opportunity to experience tons
of inspiration and motivation
for themselves!



You can also follow us on Twitter--each day, we
send out short thoughts to uplift, inspire,
and provoke thought.  You won't be inundated with
thousands of messages--just a few a day!