Consider the following story of misplaced priorities. While hiking in the wilderness, I met a man whose T-shirt carried the following message: “He who dies with the most toys, wins.”
As I pondered those words, I was sure that the author meant the opposite of what he said. No one on his death bed ever stated, “I wish I had spent more time at the office.” We were put on this earth not to accumulate “toys,” but to reap the gifts of the spirit. These gifts come to us when we dedicate our lives to something greater than ourselves-a path of service in the world, the raising of a loving family, the creation of beauty through art, or any passion that inspires one.
Having lived in this manner, you can look back over your life with a real sense of fulfillment. By following the path of peace, love and joy, you will discover your true treasure-one that transcends death itself.
He who dies, having followed his heart, wins.
Affirmations for Following Your Heart
1. Joy is my compass.
2. As I follow the path of my heart, I discover my true treasure.
3. I release my unnecessary attachments to people, things, or situations in the world.
4. My spiritual growth is my top priority.
5. When I am being true to the highest and best in me, the rest of my life falls into place.
6. Create our own
Words To Consider
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth
where moth and dust doth corrupt,
where thieves break through and steal;
but lay up treasures in heaven …
for where your treasure is,
there will be your heart also.”
As the Olympics have just concluded, I wanted to share a story on how affirmations helped an Olympic skater to land her jumps. As reported in the New York Times, it was the short program and Gracie Gold, the American national skating champion was warming up. She could feel her legs start to tingle before she skated, a hint that they might betray her. Then the nervousness began.
On Gracie’s opening jump, a triple-triple combination, she landed her first jump with difficulty. Then a thought rushed into her head. “Is this my Olympic moment?” she recalled saying to herself. “I’m going to be on my butt?” She quickly told herself no. She fought for and landed her second triple.
Then, during her double axel, her body was off balance as it flew through the air. Her negative self-talk piped up again and tried to discourage her. But Gracie countered with a perfect affirmation. “I’ve come too far not to land this stupid double axel,” she told herself. “I’m going to land it with a smile.” And that was what she did.
Gold finished fourth on the short program and fourth overall. Not bad for her first Olympics.
Keeping a positive mental attitude was a key in the victories of other Olympic athletes. Elite athletes athletes know that their mental preparation and mental toughness are as important, if not more important, than their physical conditioning. Affirmations are a wonderful way to keep their “eyes on the prize” and keep those negative voices at bay.