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Your actions and words live on.

I don’t believe in reincarnation.  Even if I did, I don’t believe you have a choice in the matter anyway.  We only get one shot at life.  Our life.  That’s it.  No dress rehearsal.

You know how the daily grind can get sometimes.  It seems like the same day over and over.  The same car ride and the same places for lunch day in and day out.  It pays the bills but doesn’t do anything to motivate you to do better.  You get lost in the monotony of your own life.  Lots of us do.

Warm and Fuzzy

Each day that passes we cannot reclaim.  It’s gone.  But there is a way to make it live on.  You need to make it memorable by adding something to yourself or someone else’s life.  It can be as simple as reading that book you’ve meant to pick up.  Or maybe playing catch with your kids or dusting off that book you started to write a while ago but shuffled it away. 

I think two things can live on for a long, long time and they are feelings, whether positive or negative in nature and your memories.  You can always have these two with you and they help shape your outlook on life. 

Think of a child who cannot always articulate they way they feel about a situation.  They are instinctual and primal when they are very young.  If you treat them well and show them love and compassion they will reciprocate those feelings.  They give back what they were given. 

We seem to forget that fact from time to time as adults.  We don’t treat everyone with the respect and dignity they deserve.  When we fail to create a positive feeling or memory,  we have transferred a negative feeling and memory.  But all is not lost.   You can always undo a wrong by showing compassion and caring the next time. 

You only have one shot at life, you might as well make it enjoyable for yourself and everyone you come in contact with.

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  1. January 20, 2011 at 8:25 am

    What strikes me about this post Matt is that what we do to ourselves and others is a choice. We can just as easily choose to impart a positive feeling through helpful actions as a negative feeling that hurts others.

    When choosing the negative, ask why? If it’s old axiom “misery loves company” rearing it’s powerful paws, resist with all strength. When feeling bad, lift someone else up — get busy for others.

    It is remarkably self-healing!

    Bravo to your post today — I am inspired.
    Kate

  2. January 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

    Kate,

    It’s our choice. It’s always our choice. Sometimes we overlook that point.

    -Matt

  3. ChrisT
    January 20, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Amen! Thanks for the reminder.

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