“The fruits of success . . .”

I read this article today and wanted to share with all of you.  We all want to be “successful” and many times we think that money and titles are tangible signs of success.  I’m sure many of you are like me . . . you have (or had) a career that is unnoticed by the world at-large.  However, you’ve probably touched people in ways that have had a lasting and positive impact.

Bea Positive “Bea-lieves” that my life is successful!  I hope you enjoy the article and will share with others!

by Deepak Chopra, MD

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131102024414-75054000-are-you-destined-for-success

An excerpt from “Are You Destined for Success?” November 02, 2013

The fruits of success, as measured in lifelong satisfaction, are far more meaningful. They consist of:

  • Setting a long-range goal and fulfilling it.
  • Building a secure sense of self.
  • Becoming a unique individual.
  • Fulfilling your potential in a satisfying way.
  • Evolving in strength, love, and wisdom.
  • Being of service to others.
  • Living for a higher value that can be described as spiritual.
  • Staying true to yourself.
  • Becoming a role model.
  • Being part of a stable and loving family.
  • Living with dignity.

These are the ingredients of a truly successful life. You can achieve them in parallel to a brilliant career or a career that will go unnoticed by the world at large. Every deeply rooted culture has valued the inner qualities that produce worthy individuals, who are the flower of that culture. If you lack these qualities, becoming a king will still leave you feeling empty and miserable. What I’ve outlined is called the path of wisdom in the East, and it’s worth considering here and now. In a consumerist society driven by the ethic of win-lose, it comes as a relief to know that there is another way.

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Be Like a Turtle!

“Try to be like a turtle – at ease in your own shell.” — Bill Copeland

How many of you have ever wished , or wish, that you were someone else? I spent months and years wishing I was taller, thinner, blonder, prettier, more patient, a better singer, independently wealthy, etc., etc., etc.  I wasn’t “at ease in my own shell” and wanted out!

To me, a turtle is “slow, heavy, carrying around a big burden, born looking old, a loner”. Every now and then we see “General Patton”, a gopher turtle that lives in the conservation area around our neighborhood. He is always alone, looks ancient and just plods along. Let’s face it, he’s not the most glamorous of God’s creatures. We live in a fast-food, instant messaging, 24/7, 4G world – turtles can’t keep up with the pace … they’ll get run-over, won’t they?

 

“General Patton” our neighborhood turtle

 

 

  

Why “Bea Positive” believes we should be like Turtles:

1. Turtles have a “shield of protection” from all predators, all the time.

• My choice is the strongest shield of all – the Lord, Jesus Christ!

2. Turtles are cold-blooded, which means they control their temperature through external means, are able to function over a wide internal temperature range.

• Enjoy the warmth of basking in the sun, the warmth of holding someone dear close, the warmth of a smile.

• Try to be flexible and adaptable across wide “temperature” ranges. This isn’t easy when the “wide temperature ranges” include changing circumstances and people.

3. Turtles are slow movers.

• Remember who won the race in “The Hare and the Tortoise”? “Slow and steady progress wins the race”.

4. Turtles have good eyesight and excellent sense of smell.

• Enjoy the colors and splendor of the living creatures, plants and people around you. Stop and smell the roses or lilies or magnolias or fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies!

5. Turtles can’t crawl out of their shells.

• In the famous words of Popeye, “I ‘yam what I ‘yam”. You are stuck with yourself, so you might as well enjoy and “be at ease in your own shell”!!

Remember to “Bea Positive” and share your “positive” spirit with others – it really is contagious!

I Believe In You

“We are what we believe we are.”
C. S. Lewis

There are two types of people I suspect have no issue believing the best about themselves every minute of every day:  narcissists and someone who scores 100 on the EQ (Emotional Intelligence quotient) test.  The rest of us have good days and bad days.  I like to call the bad days “mental potholes” from a lesson I learned from Bishop T.D. Jakes.  Circumstances and people can drive even the most optimistic person to hit a “mental pothole”.  It is during these times when it is so easy to lose your self-worth and self-confidence.  Yes, even “Bea Positive” can and will drive into one of these “potholes” and need a “tow truck” to get back on track. 

It is inevitable that we will encounter some kind of set-back or difficulty some time in our lives – a “mental pothole”.  Some of us probably feel like we’ve had more than our fair share!  Most people want to help by “doing something”.  Sometimes being a tow truck is as easy as saying “I believe in you”.

It’s a very simple phrase, but said from the heart, it is very powerful.  I want to share a few phrases from a card that I received from one of my dear friends, Lisa-Marie when I needed a “tow”:

I believe in you – in the things that are important to you and in the way you choose to live your life . . .  that you have many talents and wisdom to use them well . . .I believe in your courage, your compassion, your integrity, and your strength.  I believe in your goodness . . . I believe in you.”  ~Bobbie Burrow

We have all heard and been told that life is a journey, not a destination.  There have been many times throughout my journey, when I have I hit some major “potholes”.  If you have someone close to you who is going through a difficult time, remember that sometimes all you have to do is say “I believe in you”.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and continue “Bea–ing Positive”!

Believe In Yourself

Remembering Abraham Lincoln

“Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow.  The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. “
Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln came from a very humble beginning to become the 16th President of the United States.  He was born on February 12, 1809, 203 years ago.  During his presidency, he led the Union in the Civil War, abolished slavery and sought to reunite the divided nation.  President Lincoln was dedicated to the principles of nationalism, equal rights, liberty, and democracy.

Mr. Lincoln has been consistently ranked by scholars and the public as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents.  

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. President from 1861 – 1865 (Wikipedia facts)

  • Lincoln was most self-educated and a lawyer by profession.
  • He opposed the expansion of slavery in the U.S. which secured him the Republican nomination and presidency in 1860.
  • In March 1861, seven southern states declared their secession and formed the Confederacy
  • In 1863, Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation and promoted the passage of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery.
  • His Gettysburg Address in 1863, one of the most quoted speeches in America, was a statement of America’s dedication to the principles of freedom, equality and democracy.
  • He was the first president to be assassinated.  It happened six days after the surrender of the Confederate army.

I thought it fitting to end with this quote.  Like me, I hope you find that Abraham Lincoln did strive to be worthy of our recognition.

“Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition.” Abraham Lincoln

  • Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, was never a national holiday.  In 1971, President’s Day was declared a national holiday which combined both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays.
  • The only U.S. president to appear on a U.S. Airmail stamp.
  • U.S. currency includes the $5.00 bill and the Lincoln penny, which represents the first regularly circulating U.S. coin to feature an actual person’s image.

Enjoy being unique!

“Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated.  When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”     ~ Wilson “SnowflakeBentley 1925

I am sure that many of you have heard the phrase “no two snowflakes are alike”.  This was actually proven by Wilson “Snowflake” Bentley who was the first to photograph a single snow crystal, or snowflake.  He captured over 5000 snowflakes in his lifetime, not finding any two alike!

Do you know how snowflakes are formed?  Snowflakes form as snow crystals in the clouds when the temperature dips below the freezing point.  As the crystal drops through the cloud, it bumps and knocks others becoming a snowflake.  The more “bumping” the crystal goes through as well as a little melting and refreezing, the more complex and beautiful the snowflake becomes. 

People, like snowflakes, are one-of-kind, too.  We each have our own individual human fingerprint.  Throughout our lives, we experience trials – like “bumps” for the snow crystals – and tribulations – like temperature changes for the snow crystals.  These trials and tribulations are constantly melding – not melting – us into a beautiful, complex being and developing our unique gifts and talents.

Just think if “Snowflake” Bentley hadn’t shared his passion with us.  Nobody placed any value on his photographing snowflakes, but that didn’t stop him.  Many of us have conformed into a way of making a living that is practical without satisfying the needs of our hearts.  Don’t let practicality get in the way of being unique and enjoying your passions!

What is unique about you?  Don’t “melt away” like a snowflake . . . leave your record with us today!

 

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