Thursday, November 17, 2011

Four Things I Am Learning - Though Often Too Slowly: 

 -Always, always, always consider that it is your fault. It is often true and being willing to lose an argument or take something from criticism can only teach you. I find when I take the time to consider that I am in the wrong I learn more than by almost any other way.

-You can only live happily in one day at a time. The past is gone and you don't know what comes next. Our primary occupation should not be to guess at the future, but to do whatever is directly before us - no matter how small that may be. This will prepare a man for what comes more than any guesswork and it will allow him to live each day.

- If you are the center of your world you will find every reason to be bitter, angry, and unhappy.  When a man's first love is himself he will grow to resent and respond with bitterness or whining to everything that stands in the way of his comfort. For it stands in the way of what he loves most. But if a man can learn to give his life to greater causes and to other people, he will come to realize that his discomfort does not stand in the way of those things. Indeed, discomfort will become a door to greater opportunity.

-Your actions determine your thoughts and your thoughts determine your circumstances. It is in your mind that you decide what your life is. Your inward thoughts determine your outward circumstances. If a man wishes to elevate his thoughts -and therefore his situation- he will do so by changing his actions. As the  great psychiatrist William James said, "Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; and by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not."

1 comment:

  1. joe and I read this together last night. You're a pretty amazing person, Beau. what we learn is usually what we become, and no matter the struggle, you're becoming a wonderful person, and always truly, have been.