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Today…

I am going to think of this day as the first day of my life.

If it’s cloudy, I want to watch to see in which direction the clouds are going. I always think that I don’t have time or don’t pay enough attention.

Above my head exists a sky about which all humanity, over thousands of years, has woven a series of reasonable explanations.
Well, I will forget everything I learned about the stars and they will be transformed once more into angels or children or whatever I feel like believing at that moment.

Time and life have given me plenty of logical explanations for everything, but my soul feeds on mysteries. I need mystery, I need to see the voice of an angry god in a rumble of thunder, even though many of you here might consider that heresy.
I want to fill my life with fantasy again, because an angry god is far stranger, far more frightening and far more interesting than a phenomenon explained by the sages.

For the first time, I will smile without feeling guilty, because joy is not a sin.
For the first time, I will avoid anything that makes me suffer, because suffering is not a virtue.

I will not complain about life, saying: everything’s always the same and I can do nothing to change it. Because I am living this day as if it were my first and, while it lasts, I will discover things that I did not even know were there.

Even though I have walked past the same places countless times before and said ‘Good morning’ to the same people, today’s ‘Good morning’ will be different. It will not be a mere polite formula, but a form of blessing, in the hope that everyone I speak to will understand the importance of being alive, even when tragedy is threatening to engulf us.

I will pay attention to the words of the song the minstrel is singing in the street, even though others are not listening because their souls are heavy with fear. The music says: ‘Love rules, but no one knows where it has its throne; in order to know that secret place, you must first submit to Love.’

And I will have the courage to open the door to the sanctuary that leads to my soul.
May I look at myself as if this were the first time I had ever been in contact with my own body and my own soul.
May I be capable of accepting myself as I am: a person who walks and feels and talks like anyone else, but who, despite his faults, is also brave.

May I be amazed by my simplest gestures, as if I were talking to a stranger; by my most ordinary emotions, as if I were feeling the sand touching my face when the wind blows in from Baghdad; by the most tender of moments, as when I watch my wife sleeping by my side and try to imagine what she is dreaming.

And if I’m alone in bed, I will go over to window, look up at the sky and feel certain that loneliness is a lie, because the Universe is there to keep me company.

And then I will have lived each hour of my day as if it were a constant surprise to me, to this ‘I’, who was not created by my father or my mother or by school, but by everything I have experienced up until now, and which I suddenly forgot in order to discover it all anew.

And even if this is to be my last day on Earth, I will enjoy it to the full, because I will live it with the innocence of a child, as if I were doing everything for the first time.

Today…-Paulo Coelho

Safety First

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I want to begin this post asking you a question: How often do you get out of your comfort zone? How often do you challenge yourself to do something that feels to you unsafe just because you don’t have the confidence that it takes to do it?

Begin small. You don’t have to do something completely different from what you are used to. Try small, and try adding everyday something more. Keep those actions as a small victories that allow you to grow little by little.

It’s easier said than done. It sounds simple but it is not easy. You may fail sometimes. You may win sometimes. But the essence of this is that you are active and ready for the challenges of your life.

Tomorrow is late. How many times you have decided to do something, and then said that you will begin to do it tomorrow? Don’t do that. If you decide to do it, you have to do it  now today because tomorrows never end.

Good luck, and may you be safe 🙂

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Daily Prompt: Safety First

Just do it!

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I’ve been lazy lately. I didn’t write a post for some time, so this weeks challenge was just what I needed to get on track. I was really, really busy at work and I hardly had time for myself. What bothers me the most is that I didn’t make time for my workouts and for my blog. I’m taking a challenge to post everyday for one week.

Most of the time the reason I do not write is because the lack of time. But then I think that everyone should find some time to do what they want. But getting things done is always easier sad than done.

So without excuses I will write a post daily for a week and we’ll see how it goes.

Go ahead just do it!

Making things happen

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A pious man found himself suddenly deprived of all of his wealth. Knowing that God would help him no
matter what, he began to pray: “Lord, please let me win the lottery,” he asked. He prayed for years and
years, but was still poor. One day he died, and -since he was a very pious man, he went straight to
heaven. When he arrived there, he refused to enter. He said that he had lived his entire life according to
his religious teachings, and that God had never allowed him to win the lottery. “Everything You promised
me was a lie,” the man said, disgusted. “I was always ready to help you win,” the Lord responded. “But,
no matter how much I wanted to do so, you never bought a lottery ticket.”

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Getting things done!

Many fine things can be done in a day if you don’t always make that day tomorrow!

I try to manage things day by day to get things done. It’s part of everyday life. Often all we do is urgent tasks one after another and we do not get time to do the things that are more important for reaching our goals. How many times have you said “I will do this tomorrow”, “I will do that tomorrow” just to find yourself always doing that thing… tomorrow? And tomorrows never end.

What is one thing that you would do if you have enough time? Would that had impact on your improvement in life? Once you define the thing that you want to do, try doing it. Try it today, not tomorrow. Today is when the things are done. Saying “I will do it tomorrow” will never get things done. So do the first thing first, and let go of urgent things that are urgent but not important, to find the time to do the things that are important but not urgent. Most of the time doing those things will get us fulfilling our purpose.

Do it today, do it NOW!