A contented mind is a continual feast.
Greed and material desires must be curbed to achieve lasting happiness and serenity.
Be happy with what you have.
Place greater importance on saying happy than amassing material possessions.
A zest for life is developed and carefully nurtured through thoughtful activities and pursuits.
Do you really need all of those material possessions? One can develop contentment just as one develops patience, courage and concentration
– with daily practice and sincere desire.
Remember this ancient Indian proverb: “If you conquer your mind, you conquer the world.”
It has been rightly said that “you sow an action, you reap a habit.
You sow a habit, you reap a character.
You sow a character, you reap a destiny.” The essence of a person is his character – make yours unique, unblemished and strong.
Do not say you will do anything unless you will indeed do it.
Speak the truth and measure your words wisely.
Be humble, straightforward and peaceful.
Remember the overriding law of nature: positive overcomes the negative.
Just as valuable energy is wasted by spending time on activities that are of no value, energy can be wasted on loose thinking.
Imagine that your mind has an energy measure of 1000 watts at its disposal.
Each time your mind wanders off the project at hand, to a nagging worry, to all the things to do by the end of the day, 100 watts is lost.
Quite soon the entire energy supply is gone.
This is the nature of the mind.
Fail to discipline it and your energy levels will be depleted and your accomplishments will be minimal.
Control it and you will see great things happening.
You will feel more powerful and achieve difficult tasks with ease.
The 19th century philosopher Henri Frederic Amiel summed it up nicely: “for purposes of action, nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.”
For most of us, life doesn’t mean big awards and public attention,
but we do manage little accomplishments every day – meeting an impossible deadline,
managing to make it through a crazy work day and to still get to your child’s PTA meeting on time,
finishing a book report even though you have a bad flu.
Remember to pat yourself on the back for such things.
It will make you feel relevant.