Everyday we have an opportunity to make our lives fun or exciting simply by using our imagination or changing how we look at things.
Those who constantly rely on external sources to be entertained or amused are missing out on one of life’s greatest cost-free pleasures.
Not only does relying on external sources create and reinforce the illusion that you need someone or something outside of you to be happy, it distances us from one of the most powerful tools we have:
As Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
Children who haven’t grown up relying on TV or video games to be amused use their imagination often. A box, a tube, or a stick become can create entire worlds and keep them occupied for hours.
Children instinctively use their imagination throughout their development. Often to their own delight and the delight of those around them. The fact is, most people enjoy watching others, even animals, in the act of play.
Nowadays, it appears more and more adults rely more on being entertained than finding ways to entertain themselves. Even seeking knowledge can be fun (and extremely beneficial), and yet many lose countless hours of their lives watching mindless television. It’s not that there isn’t a place for this, but to do this excessively is to miss out on other more rewarding, and certainly more creative, experiences of life.
One is never too old to play. Those who scoff at the idea fail to realize that play is often associated with one of the primary contributing factors of staying youthful.
As a wise person once said, “You don’t stop doing things because you get old. You get old because you stop doing things.”
Life can be a fun adventure any moment of any day simply by changing how you look at it.
To be a passive player in the game of life is to miss out on many of the amazing experiences life has to offer.
Life can be an adventure, any moment of any day, simply by changing how you look at it. You, above anyone else, is in control of how you see the world and how you live in it.
A world that continually caters to making people more and more comfortable creates a world full of people who are less and less capable of coping with — and being open to — even the slightest discomfort or inconvenience.
We need to teach people to be able to deal with the challenges of life, not attempt to remove them all.
There will always be bullying. There will always be inclement weather. Flight delays. Long lines. Loud neighbors. Bumps in roads. Rule breakers…
Don’t give your child an unusual name, they’ll get made fun of? No. How about we provide children with the ability to effectively deal with name-calling and to not have their self-esteem be under other people’s control. How about we teach critical thinking and real-world problem-solving skills?
I’m sorry, but not having enough whipped cream on your Mocha Frappuccino is not a real problem. Having to wait in line is not a real problem. Being bored is not a real problem.
If you’re on fire, yeah, that’s a real problem.
The above inconveniences are simply symptoms of a problem. And the problem is that we should all be able to easily and effectively deal with these things without them turning into some kind of negative “event” in our lives.
Don’t give people or minor inconveniences the power to ruin your day. As that will be a day of your life wasted.
We should work on being stronger — and helping others be stronger — and not on constantly trying to make life easier and more comfortable.
The real world doesn’t go away just because we dress it up to look like something else. All that does is alienate us from what’s real and lessens our ability to effectively deal with the inevitable challenges we all must face in life.
You can’t measure love. You can’t measure the impact you have on a person’s life. You can’t measure imagination or knowledge or creativity. You can’t measure an instinct or a gut feeling. You can’t measure synchronicity or serendipity. You can’t measure a memory.
You can’t measure some of the most important things that matter most in the world. And yet, this has no impact on the tremendous impact they have on our lives.
Not everything needs to be measured to be valued. And many of the best things can’t be.
Did you know that your smile can be a predictor of how long you’ll live — and that the act of smiling has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? It’s true (see the video below). It’s also free.
Committing your goals to writing can have a massive impact on the likelihood of their accomplishment. And it’s free. Just do it.
“The average stream of consciousness includes about 1,500 thoughts a minute. If your goals are only in your mind, they are invariably jumbled up, vague, confused, contradictory and deficient in many ways. They offer no clarity and give you no motive power. You become like a ship without a rudder, drifting with the tides, crashing into the rocks inevitably and never really fulfilling your true potential.” — Brian Tracy