When making a choice:
always favor whatever option 
is most likely to lead to the greatest number of people
offering you the greatest number of thank you's in the end.

Do not decide based solely on what will make you feel grateful;
instead, prioritize what others will be grateful for.

You will be amazed how, over time, 
the two will converge into one.

Solutions to problems arise through a disciplined, often repetitive choice
to dismissal your own opinion.
Over and over if we must, 
putting aside our precious, prized and certain opinion
and instead favoring in our minds clear, unedited observations of things.

When we put aside "how we want the things to be"
and instead study closely "how the things are,"
it is then that solutions we seek will have the space in the mind to grow.

The gift of love is not a simultaneous promise 
that an easier life will start coming your way. 

It is, in fact, the opposite:
the gift of love is, in many ways, not a gift at all,
but rather a privilege we protect, a treasure we must maintain,
a service to our soul we must pay for;
for over and over the bill comes due,
paid off through the surrender of personal pleasures 
which we previously treasured while we were all alone 
and loveless.

Posted on May 20, 2015 and filed under Assessments, Delusions, Perspective, States of Mind, Temperance & Patience.

"Work twice as hard" should come after an achievement, 
not before it. 
Work hard and accomplish something, 
and then start working twice as hard as you just did
to do something more with that accomplishment.

Posted on May 19, 2015 and filed under Measures, Success, Work.