Life Changing Path

Just reading the title sounds like someone real old that just gives up hope, or those that are defeated in the game of life, defeated in the game of love, but I think deep down inside, defeat is not a good word to use, more like change. The world revolves around, things are changing constantly, we can’t expect things to be the same, we have to change with the world, and change with society, change is good.

For those that have a steady income, are paid on a weekly/bi-weekly/monthly basis, we feel confident that we will always be paid. Then those that own a business, either in manufacturing, restaurant, or retail, some days things might seem to be going pretty good, money keeps pouring in, and other days, it’s so little that it might not even cover the basic cost, pretty scary. What about those that have lots of money in the bank just to earn interest, at one time the interest income might be growing steady, but at certain time, it’s very little. For those that have a job, sometimes we feel like we just can’t wait for the weekends, holidays, or vacations, and what about ‘TGIF’. Yet it’s depressing if we don’t have a job, can’t wait to find that job to go to, the job that we love. Some people are fortunate than others, some might find something that they love to do, even if they aren’t paid. For others, they might work at a job that they absolutely hate, just to get money. If what I’ve just mentioned is confusing, sounds more like I’m just ranting, then just look around you, things are constantly changing, nothing stays the same.

There is a quote by Amy Tan that I really like,

“If you can’t change your fate, change your attitude.”

I love her outlook in life, her attitude, I think the world is revolving, we should also, might be time for some of us to re-examine where we are in life, doesn’t matter what age you are, maybe it’s time for change, just keep in mind that change is good. It might be something that you’ve been wanting to do for a long time; might be a new profession or new hobbies, you still can have fun doing what you love most. Remember George Burns, who lived to be 100, what I love most about him was his attitude about life, very positive and upbeat. I love some of his quotes; here are a few,

“Age to me means nothing. I can’t get old; I’m working. I was old when I was twenty-one and out of work. As long as you’re working, you stay young. When I’m in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age.”

“I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life.”

“I’d rather be a failure at something I love than a success at something I hate.”

What about Ann Landers, I also love her attitude about life

“Expect trouble as an inevitable part of life, and when it comes, hold your head high, look it quarely in the eye and say, ‘I will be bigger than you. You cannot defeat me.’”

Then there’s Anne Lamott,

“Hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.”

Another expression that I’ve heard, but not sure of the original source,

“God created 2 ends to our bodies, one end is to stand on and the other is to think, success in life depends on which end we use the most.”

I think it’s something to think about, some of us might need to do some serious soul searching. I hope that we don’t use the end to stand, just for standing, why standing in one place. I think god intended for us to use that end to walk, to run, and while we are at it, use the other end to think. I think those that are successful in life would use one end to walk, the other end to think, then eyes looking for opportunities, mouth engaging in conversation, networking if you want to call it, and ears to listen to others because they might have fresh ideas that you might not think of.

I probably don’t need to tell you this part, but while I’m on the subject, might as well, your thinking needs to be positive. Everything starts with an idea, thinking is a good start, most of the time opportunity doesn’t come knocking on our doors, and we have to go looking for it. I’m part Chinese, so it’s safe for me to say this, Chinese people think that “money is everywhere on the street, some people can see it, some can’t.” Make sure you can see it, see it with your thinking, in your mind, not just your eyes.

Just something to think about.