Like most of us I have had lots going on this past month. While it is easy to get caught up in the frenzy and business of the festive season I have been trying to be mindful of four things, relaxation, generosity, appreciation and the secret of happiness. Thankfully these are states of mind I can cultivate to be better FOR others and a more positive force in the world. So I am doing my best to give them a go!
Staying relaxed this time of year, especially when there is so much to do can be tricky Some things I find helpful to remember are ...
4. THE SECRET OF HAPPINESS
As I am sure your know, the secret of our own happiness lies in doing our best to benefit others! So instead of feeling sad, sorry for, stressed and anxious about ourselves bringing to mind others and what we can do to benefit them is the way to go!
We all love to feel we are being of some use and benefit to others. It makes us feel happier. This together with the social aspect of being with others and connecting together to be a positive force in the world, enhances our self esteem and gives our lives meaning.
Hilary, our 90 year POM embroider, wrote a beautiful card to us all recently, which I think encapsulates these sentiments perfectly, it reads....
To all the POM team members (I love the fact it was not addressed to Sue or I, but rather inclusive of us all!)
Many thanks for including me. It makes all the difference to feel I am being useful. Tons of love Hilary.
And another quote from Lilla Watson
If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is tied up with mine, then let us work together.
And from the Dalai Lama
The true meaning of life
"We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful with our lives. If you contribute to other people's happiness you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life".
So this is what POM is about Appreciation, Inclusion, Connection, and Generosity. It is about us all working together for mutual benefit - promoting peace of mind, well being and meaning. So lets celebrate together all our efforts, no matter how small, to be a kind, positive force in the world!
My heartfelt love, appreciation and gratitude to you all.
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