Asking yourself questions and answering them honestly is a good path to self-knowledge. In keeping with this idea, I'd like to propose a few end-of-the-day questions for each of us:
1. Is anyone a little happier because I came along today?
2. Did I leave any concrete evidence of my kindness, any sign of my love?
3. Did I try to think of someone I know in a more positive light?
4. Did I help someone to feel joy, to laugh, or at least, to smile?
5. Have I attempted to remove a little of the rust that is corroding my relationships?
6. Have I gone through the day without fretting over what I don't have and celebrating the things I do have?
7. Have I forgiven others for being less than perfect?
8. Have I forgiven myself?
9. Have I learned something new about life, living or love?
I got this short LOVE Quiz from Leo Buscaglia's page. Hope it'll make you a little more humane not just to yourself but to others.
If all your answers are YES to the questions, like I did (I'm keeping the positive energy pass through me, within me, in me and onto others), here's what it says about you:
I had a great day today because I:
1. made someone a little happier because I came along today
2. left concrete evidence of my kindness and love
3. tried to think of someone I know in a more positive light
4. helped someone to feel joy, to laugh, or at least, to smile
5. attempted to remove a little of the rust that is corroding my relationships
6. went through the day without fretting over what I don't have and celebrating the things I do have
7. forgave others for being less than perfect
8. forgave myself
9. learned something new about life, living or love
So "Congratulations" on having a terrific day!
Indeed "Life is made of our attitudes." according to Paulo Coelho (The Fifth Mountain).
And "What we are is not of what we feed our mouths but what comes out from them." according to Jesus (I just can't remember what Gospel and chapter or verse we can find this line).
The lines I mentioned from the three gentlemen in my life (aside from my husband) is of equal value. And they drive at one important thing:
The life that we live is our choice. No writer, no matter how bulky his books are, could help us achieve that self-actualization Maslow designed in his heirarchy of needs, unless we ourselves determine the path we take.