“Don’t become a wandering generality. Be a meaningful specific.”
~ Zig Zigler
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I have been running across the word meaningful a lot lately. Last week we looked at values. I think of values as the rules of your life, how you want to live your life. When you follow your values you have a sense of accomplishment, of doing the right thing. When you do what is meaningful to you, it will bring joy and happiness into your life.
I love opening quote by Zig Zigler. Certainly, much of my life is made up of running through my day, paying little attention to the many blessings of life and falling into bed to get up and start over again. It is when I stop and pay attention, I find meaning in what I am doing. As I wrote the previous sentence, I was ready to write to myself and to you, make sure you are spending your life in meaningful activity. However, what I wrote made me realize, every moment is meaningful, if I make it so.
A prayer I have memorized begins with:
May today there be peace within;
May I trust God that I am exactly where I am meant to be;
May I not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith.
~ Saint Theresa
I say this in the morning and during the day when I am having doubts about the second line. Apparently, I tend to be a little slow – I have just realized, after saying this prayer for a very long time, I am where I am supposed to be. It is up to me to bring meaning to the moment or not.
Certainly spending time with certain people or doing activities you love can bring more meaning than cleaning the fridge, which is my task for today. However, I can grumble through cleaning the fridge or I can be thankful I have a fridge, enjoy the cleaning process and revel in the final accomplishment of a clean refrigerator. Yippee!
As you go through your day, pay attention … Stop, take a breath to center yourself, and really see the person you are with … put your full attention on the activity you are doing.
This is part of another prayer I say, which may be helpful:
May I have the eyes to see and the ears to hear the many blessings
bestowed upon me this day;
May I see the light in every person I meet during this day.
Last night we attended a concert at the City Opera House – Steve Lippia & His Big Band: Simply Sinatra. It was a night full of meaning, spending time with my husband and listening to music. I love watching the performers take delight in doing what they love, that which is meaningful to them. Steve Lippia shared some of his life with us … how his mother was a singer, how he sang to his neighbor for cupcakes, his day job as a stockbroker for many years, then 12 years ago, getting a big break and now singing is his day job. The orchestra was gathered from around Michigan. There were two couples in the orchestra, one on trumpet, the other on sax, flute and clarinet. My personal favorite to watch, after the pianist, is the drummer. They are always smiling, and jamming to the music. My heart soared as I sat next to my husband taking in this amazing experience.
Music is meaningful to me – as is my family, friends, work, crafts and my dog. Am I always present with that which holds meaning to me? Nope.
But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope
and the daily effort to have a positive impact on the world,
the days I do have
are made all the more meaningful and precious
and for that I am grateful
~ Elizabeth Edwards
I like this quote as she points out it takes a daily effort; effort to bring meaning to each moment of each day. Life flies by, pay attention!
- Today is a beautiful day. I am writing, the sun is shining, and the sky is blue. This morning I showed up for exercise and was blessed with seeing diamonds shining in the frost on the grass and trees. Thank you…
- Let me remember my prayers, so my life may be meaningful specific, not wandering generality
Happiness is within… It has nothing to do with how much applause you get
or how many people praise you.
Happiness comes when you believe you have done something truly meaningful.
~ Martin Yan
Till next time ~ Mary
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