Positive Pause – 7th November, 2016 – 3 Things We Must Do Every Morning

3 things we must do every morning3 things we must do every morning.  Many of us say that life is either good or bad to us. The statement, “I hope life is treating you well” is an example of this. However, the real question that I ask this week is this:  “Are you treating life well?

By looking at life from the perspective that we have an active role in how “good” or “bad” our life has been, we start to feel a sense of empowerment rather than of victimisation. That is not to say that we don’t all meet challenges along the way. Victor Frankl, the Jewish psychiatrist who survived Auschwitz and was exposed to the most adverse of conditions said: 3 things we must do every morning

“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
Viktor E. FranklMan’s Search for Meaning
Following on from my Positive Pause last week about Carpe Diem, spontaneity, seizing the day and making the most of our lives, I just had to share the video below with you. Sadhguru is an Indian spiritual Yogi leader and a man of many talents.  He studied English literature in his youth and has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to live their lives to their fullest potential. One of his famous quotes is:

“If you choose, you can be joyful every moment of your life. It’s time you made your choice.”
This week, I welcomed the opportunity that mid-term can give us to come off the merry-go-round of school runs, activities and also juggling full-time work and instead to be able to spend time with my family and friends, to watch movies, read books and generally just be. I even found myself knitting- something I haven’t done for probably 30 years! I found it a very therapeutic activity and it connected me back to the 10-year-old who loved to create new things. I remember a jumper that I knitted that was hilariously misshapen and yet I was so proud of it.

We all need to slow down a little sometimes so that we can build a reserve of physical and mental energy for when life picks up again.  Maintaining that slow pace and connecting with it no matter what mayhem is going on outside is a skill worth cultivating.

Many of us search for things that will give us clear instructions on how we can be truly happy and attain the sense of joy that Sadhguru refers to in the above quote.  In the video entitled “3 Things We Must Do Every Morning” he captures this concept very succinctly.

I am now making a mental note to choose to treat my life well in the coming week. What choice will you make?  I hope you enjoy the video – it really does but things into perspective.