Amazing things will happen

I’m a quote person.  I like inspirational words and phrasing, and especially vocalized in a certain way.  There are three quotes above my desk right now.

Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to stay the same.  

We find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.  -Oliver Wendell Holmes

Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. – Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass

Do you sense a trend?

That first quote about change was in my old office at a job I knew I couldn’t continue long term.  I need more, and that helped remind me to keep moving towards my goal.  Staying the same is completely fine in certain circumstances, but change is always possible, somehow, and as needed.

The second quote about direction I tore from my nephew’s high school graduation announcement.  Meant to be hopeful for 18-year olds heading off into the world, it was also inspirational for this 46-year old in the middle of a long job search.

And the Lewis Carroll is my far-reaching quote, and it is inspiring and emotional for me.  It’s a quote for dreamers who keep dreaming, for hopers and believers in some day, and for those who continue to work and know that it takes every bit of effort, overwhelming belief, and a little bit of luck, to get what you want.

To the left of these quotes is a window looking out to green, and a board with a few more bits of inspiration.  I love these words as well, except the bottom corner.  I’m not here to live the life I was destined for.  I’m here to live the life I make happen.

 

Another installment of a personal happiness project, revisited.

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Do the thing with soul

It’s been a while.  I’m just going to pick it up.

 

Years ago, I did a personal happiness project to shift my life.  It worked, thankfully.  It’s time to revisit that, and I’m going to do it here.

There is a lot of negativity in the world. We have to fight for joy.  Fight for the soul in what we do.  Some things are easy.  Sometimes, the soul lies in wait.  We aren’t always ready for it.

But let’s get ready.

Yesterday, this piece of fantasticness popped up in my Shuffle on the way home from work.  It cleared the mind of job search and grad school and frustration with whatever.

The soul waits no more.  Just shake.

People of Tibet

Their eyes spoke.  Their cheeks wrinkled.  Mouths smiled.  Their faces and bodies were full of inspiration.  They made me smile and feel.  They made me want to go back.  Thank you, people of Tibet.

For my thoughts on each picture, simply click on it and read the description.

A new day

A little inspiration to begin this week.

Her father left his questions unasked.  But both knew, and for the same reason, that bad days go better without any questions at all.  

– Eudora Welty, The Optimist’s Daughter

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. 

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Treasure Hunting

It was one of those perfect travel days.  I spent a morning at the Panjiayuan Market in Beijing.  I thought I might find some pottery, beads, one of those puzzle locks.  I had no idea of the beautiful treasures I would see.  If you like wandering and flea markets, you’ll love this visit.  Take the bus or the metro to Panjiayuan at the south end of the Chaoyang District.  It opens at 8:30am, so you can wander all morning or all day.

I wandered to the amazing beats of Mat  Kearney and John  Mayer, and enjoyed every minute.  I’ve added a few of their songs in the links if you’d like to share my experience.

In the end, I only bought some tiny glass blown eggs and an embroidered strap, all because the older women sellers were too sweet and too cute to resist.

Turns out the treasure was found in the moments, the sights, the wander, not in things.

Inspiration

I want my life to be simple, happy, positive, drama-free.  I really do want that.  So every day, I look for inspiration.  Or create it.  Or listen to it.

It doesn’t always work.  In the words of the incomparable John Mayer, “Hey world, you ain’t seen nothing yet, Great, now it’s raining.”   Sometimes, you have the best of intentions.  You’re prepared to be positive, and then…  the proverbial rain.  On to another day. Time to stumble on a better place to be.  (Mark Bryan)

Like so many, I enjoy those ecard boxes with quotes and photos or pretty backgrounds.  George Takei has made this a Facebook art form.  I laugh openly at the ones with curse words that seem to know exactly how I’m feeling.  I decided to create some of my own, just for The Simple Adventure, and added a companion to this blog,  The Simple Adventure on Facebook.  See the gallery for a taste.  I post almost every day to help find my early morning inspiration.

I hope we can all be inspired in a positive way every day.  Smile and appreciate what’s out there.  Spread it around.  Listen.  Feel.  Just be.                                           

Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.  – Edith Wharton