Category Archives: Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: Gratitude/Appreciation

“Sometimes, we forget to appreciate the simple things in life. The experience of singing, laughing, or dancing with joy; of being in love; of connecting or sharing with others; of inspiration, a sense of productivity, expansiveness; the emotion we feel when we play or hear beautiful music, when we look at artwork – all of these exemplify Light. 

Gratitude keeps us from taking the blessings in our life for granted and prevents us from falling into a passive reactive state. 

Where are the blessings in your life? 
Appreciation doesn’t just connect us with fulfillment. Appreciation is fulfillment.” -Yehuda Berg

I love this because it illustrates why I originally felt the need to “go minimalist.” I wanted to eliminate the clutter so that I could always see the real joy in life.  What a great reminder to appreciate, say thank you, and simply enjoy.

Advertisements

2 Comments

Filed under Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day:

Leave a comment

Filed under Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day: AIM 5:

AIM 5: START NOTICING YOUR USE OF PROACTIVE VS. REACTIVE BEHAVIORS, SPECIFICALLY, LANGUAGE. KEEP A LOG OF ALL OF THE TIMES YOU SPEAK IN THE NEGATIVE TODAY. WHEN YOU CATCH YOURSELF, THINK ABOUT HOW YOU COULD HAVE REPHRASED YOUR LANGUAGE IN THE POSITIVE.

EXAMPLE: NEGATIVE LANGUAGE: “I CANT BELIEVE SHE CANCELED ON ME, NOW MY WHOLE DAY GOT MESSED UP! I’M SO FRUSTRATED! SHE PUT ME IN A BAD MOOD!”

REPHRASE IN POSITIVE: “SHE HAD TO CANCEL, NOW I HAVE A FREE HOUR, LET ME SEE WHAT I CAN CROSS OFF MY LIST. I WILL RESCHEDULE WITH HER FOR ANOTHER TIME.”

Our thought patterns are a huge indicator of what happens in our lives. I remembered hearing about a book written by Dr. Stephen Covey-The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. I remembered that he spoke about the power of positive language, so I googled him and found his website: Dr. Stephen R. Covey.

I haven’t read Dr. Covey’s book, but I thought it might be nice to experiment with some of his 7 Habits, (There are more than 7 now). I’ve decided to stick to my minimalist motto and isolate each habit as an AIM in and of itself. The catch is that I did not skip ahead to read about the 2nd habit- in this way my focus will be completely on HABIT 1.

Dr. Stephen Covey: Habit 1: BE PROACTIVE: Books – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Habit 1: Be Proactive

-Your life doesn’t just “happen.” Whether you know it or not, it is carefully designed by you. The choices are yours.

Proactive people recognize that they are “response-able.” They don’t blame genetics, circumstances, conditions, or conditioning for their behavior. They know they choose their behavior. Reactive people, are affected by their physical environment. They find external sources to blame for their behavior. If the weather is good, they feel good. If it isn’t, it affects their attitude and performance, and they blame the weather.

-External forces act as stimuli that we respond to. You have the freedom to choose your response. One of the most important things you choose is what you say. Your language is a good indicator of how you see yourself. A proactive person uses proactive language–I can, I will, I prefer, etc. A reactive person uses reactive language–I can’t, I have to, if only. Reactive people believe they are not responsible for what they say and do–they have no choice.

-Problems, challenges, and opportunities we face fall into 2 areas– Circle of Concern and Circle of Influence.

Circle of Concern:-things over which we have little or no control: the national debt, terrorism, the weather.

Circle of Influence: things we can do something about: health, children, problems at work.

Proactive people focus on the Circle of Influence. 


Leave a comment

Filed under AIM's, Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day:

If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things this is the best season of your life. -Wu-Men

Leave a comment

Filed under Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day:

Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.
Henry David Thoreau

Leave a comment

Filed under Quote of the Day

Quote of the Day/AIM 3: Progress Report…

“If your mind isn’t clouded by unnecessary things, then this is the best season of your life.”- Wu-Men.

So I did not go grocery shopping yesterday, and it felt great. And because my time was so free and available, and my mind was so clear, I was able to focus on what I really wanted to do at the moment when my son came home from school and was starting to get a little mischievous. Normally, I would be so busy with random bits of unimportant matter, that I would simply turn on the TV for him. Not yesterday!!!

I wanted to make Hamantash but I did not have the necessary apricot butter, and no prune butter either! I had to make do because my son was finally willing to bake with me and I was not about to lose the precious opportunity! What did we do? We went shopping in our pantry and decided to make Thumbprints in the shape of Hamantash. Because this was truly a team effort, they did not come out as “perfect” as I would have liked but they were surely good enough. Additionally, it felt great that my son felt like he made and ate Hamantash, when all he ate was a natural, nutrient packed cookie with no added sugar.

First, roll into uniform sized balls

Next, flatten into round pancake

Then, place jelly in the center

Fold up 3 corners into each other...

bake...and...finished produce

So…not as beautiful as I would have wanted, not my typical “perfectionist” but I found joy in the simplicity of baking with my son for our holiday. He really did flatten each ball into pancakes, without my help, and he took pride in doing so.

Lessons Learned:

1. Making do with pantry ingredients felt great.

2. Holiday treats can be simple, easy, and healthy.

3. Focusing on the enjoyment of the action rather than the finished product enhances life enjoyment, and creates true meaning.

I will be posting the recipe I use for Thumbprints in the Healthy Recipes Category of goneminimalist.

1 Comment

Filed under AIM's, Quote of the Day