Interconnectedness

“When you wake up in the morning, tell yourself: The people I deal with today will be meddling, ungrateful, arrogant, dishonest, jealous, and surly. They are like this because they can’t tell good from evil. But I have seen the beauty of good and the ugliness of evil, and have recognized that the wrongdoer has a nature related to my own – not of the same blood or birth, but the same mind, and possessing a share of the divine. And so none of them can hurt me. No one can implicate me in ugliness. Nor can I feel angry at my relative, or hate him. We were born to work together like feet, hands, and eyes, like the two rows of teeth, upper and lower. To obstruct each other is unnatural. To feel anger at someone, to turn your back on him: these are obstructions.” ~ Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

“Success is intoxicating, yet to sustain it requires sobriety.  We can’t keep learning if we think we already know everything.  We cannot buy into myths we make ourselves, or the noise and chatter of the outside world.  We must understand that we are a small part of an interconnected universe.  On top of all this, we have to build an organization and a system around what we do – one that is about the work and not about us.” ~ Ryan Holiday, Ego is the Enemy

“Whether one is rich or poor, educated or illiterate, religious or nonbelieving, man or woman, black, white, or brown, we are all the same. Physically, emotionally, and mentally, we are all equal. We all share basic needs for food, shelter, safety, and love. We all aspire to happiness and we all shun suffering. Each of us has hopes, worries, fears, and dreams. Each of us wants the best for our family and loved ones. We all experience pain when we suffer loss and joy when we achieve what we seek. On this fundamental level, religion, ethnicity, culture, and language make no difference.” ~ Dalai Lama

“A human being is part of the whole called by us ‘the universe,’ a part limited in time and space.  He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest – a kind of optical delusion of consciousness.  This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection of a few persons nearest to us.  Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~ Albert Einstein, via Solitude

The Perpetuating Effect Of Our Actions. All Of Our Actions. Big and Small. And Why You Should Act Wisely.

“Everything you do has an impact. Who you are – that you are – actually matters. In an interconnected world (the only kind we have), our actions and the actions of others are inextricably linked- we are always and forever in a dance of mutual influence with those with whom we directly and indirectly participate.  It is the unavoidable reality of being social creatures, only magnified by an ever-increasingly complex and interwoven societal structure.  We matter to each other.” ~ Paul Greiner

Drop a stone in water and watch the ripples flow gracefully and powerfully from the center.  

The actions we take on a daily basis aren’t much different from that stone.

We already are making a difference in the world – we just might not realize it yet.

Every action has its ripples.

I was browsing through my Facebook newsfeed as I occasionally do, and I stumbled upon a post on mindset.

The opening line was ever so seductively, “Let’s talk about mindset for a minute:” …And I didn’t stand a chance – I got sucked right in.

What you are about to read is that post.

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“Every being on this Earth, every object on this Earth has a soul.  All souls flow into one, this is the Soul of the Universe.  You see, when you nourish your own mind and your own spirit, you are really feeding the Soul of the Universe.  When you improve yourself, you are improving the lives of all those around you.  And when you have the courage to advance confidently in the direction of your dreams, you begin to draw upon the power of the universe.” ~ Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

 

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