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Weekly Words of Wisdom-Dying too Early.

Grey Jacket

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Are You Dying Before Your Time?

Am I dying before my time? Once I commuted through traffic for an hour to arrive at my job in time for the 7.30 clock-in. Dressed in a grey jacket and tie and carrying my lunch in a briefcase, I tried to look important. Yip, I paid the price for resisting change offered to me on a plate by the universe. I never received any reward for fighting change in my life, only the prospect of growing old and dying before my time. You ask,” Is it possible to ‘die before one’s time’?”

I found out that I could quickly die before my time by dying before I died! I’m serious. Think about it; there must be a large community of souls whom we could term the ‘living dead.’ Those poor people whose daily activity is to exist. They have no hope for the future. (these are not limited to any age group.) I certainly was one of those.  In my life, the turnaround was when I was willing to accept all manner of change put across my path. Large or small. In other words, change, becoming a lifestyle for myself. Would you believe this: I have become younger?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom-So Much To Do.

To Do

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So Little Done.

“Tot Facienda Parum Factum.” “So much to do, so little done.” These were the last words of Cecil John Rhodes on his deathbed and the motto of my High School, Prince Edward. I have often become quite exhausted at the thought of all the things I would like to have done/would like to do in my life that remains unaccomplished. Maybe Rhodes died with the same view in his mind. The exciting thing is this. Rhodes’s many achievements and scholarships were accomplished and are still being performed today without his presence. I hope that it will work out this way for me one day. Do you feel the same way?

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – Thought Discipline.

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Thought Discipline.

The home of my thoughts, my mind, is what fashions my life. If I give my mind control, it will shape my life. This means I must be the one who controls my mind. I accomplish this by disciplining my thoughts. This process effectively gives me control in my mind and thereafter in my life. It would be fair to ask, how do I discipline my thoughts? For me, awareness of what was happening in my mind came first. I was able to accept that my emotions came about because of the thoughts I was having. These were concerning certain incidents occurring in my life. I relax my mind by taking say, ten deep breaths.

I Continue The Process:

After this, I establish awareness of the thoughts and their relationship to the specific incident. I create awareness by confirming the emotion I was experiencing was due to my (thought) reaction to the particular incident. Let’s take a practical example: A cashier at a till point is rude to me. I think, this person should not be talking to me in this manner, I will report them. As a result of this thought, I become angry. Using the process above I think; this person is tired, probably overworked, and more than likely, poorly paid. I’m pleased I do not have to do their job. The emotion I feel is compassion. I am now in control of my mind – and my life. I was not able to practice this discipline until I had embraced the following sequence to still my mind.

  • Firstly, I use the breathing technique above.
  • Now I create awareness of mind control via thought. (Telling myself that whatever I allow my mind to think will result in an emotion.)
  • Next, I practice the discipline of changing thoughts when confronted by an upsetting incident. (I do this before I react to the upsetting incident).
  • Finally, I walk away from the incident and do not entertain any thoughts regarding the event.

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – Little Irritants.

Now

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Little Irritants.

The other day I woke up to the fact that I allow too many little irritants to spoil the state of peace in my mind. You know the kind; the little Yorkie yapping through the day unceasingly (or so it seems.) The teens next door alternating between hip-hop and gaming shrieks at max volume. The construction team over the road taking turns on a jackhammer, to the strains of Elvis’s, “I’m All Shook Up.” (I’m exaggerating.) In all this external chaos, I reflected on an ancient scripture; “Let us use the little foxes; you know the ones that nibble away at our grapevines…” (My translation.)

Be patient, I’m getting to my point.

The vine is the state of my peaceful mind. The little foxes are the external disruptions to my mind and finally, stolen fruits, are the reaction to my thoughts. These will lead to hostile emotions arising from my thoughts. The result is little irritants spoil the peace of my mind.

For the most part, I can do nothing about the irritants.

But I am able to take charge of my thoughts and the way I do this is; for a brief moment, I consider the thoughts that are arising in my mind, not the irritants, just thoughts about them. I let the thoughts leave my space. Now I’m living in a space that is ‘real.’ This allows me to focus on my life as it is and what I’m about doing now. My thoughts are not entangled with the past or engrossed in the future. When I began reading the words of Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now,” I found it difficult to grasp the concept at first, with perseverance, I eventually did. More importantly, I now began to apply it.

As a person, I was haunted by many aspects of my childhood, youth, and later adulthood.

Later I created many things in my life, of which I was not proud. These too, regularly pierced through my mind. Unawares, I was nurturing thoughts that would create feelings within me. Dependent on the severity and frequency of these feelings, they would result in disastrous changes throughout my life. Taking the advice of Eckhart Tolle I made a commitment to stop nurturing toxic thoughts, trading them for concentrating on what is happening now in my life. I no longer entertain backward thinking, I leave that to the past. Living in the now moment is a timeless fact.

“Who buries their heart in the sands of the past, faces barrenness in their future.”

I forget my past. I plan my future, but do not live there.

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Peter’s Quote for the Day – Wrong Way

Going Wrong

There’s No Wrong Way.

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Do you have days when successions of things seem to go ‘wrong’? I set about publishing my daily quote this morning and found my wi-fi was not connecting. After much ado, I managed to get it up and running.  As I got into my site I ran into difficulties on the back end of the site. I repaired that and during my shoot, WhatsApp’s refused to let me post, because it had an altercation with and disconnected itself from my mobile! I pacified those two and finally published my post on the respective social sites. In times gone by I would have screamed some obscenities, slapped the wi-fi modem, my laptop, and karate-chopped my mobile. Skulking off to the kitchen, I would then pour a coffee to settle my rage. In line with my new discipline of assessing my thoughts before throwing a tantrum, I came up with this conclusion. First of all, the new dictionary I use does not have the phrase, “Things going wrong.” It has been replaced by, “Wow, what an opportunity!” I calmly set about the necessary maintenance with the word, “opportunity” flashing from the desktop in my mind. Hey-ho, what ya-know, Everything sorted, the shoot was complete. My coffee tasted so much better. 

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Weekly Words of Wisdom – Now Power.

Now

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Now Power

Who buries their heart in the sands of the past, faces barrenness in their future. At this moment now, time does not exist and I live in a space that is ‘real.’ This allows me to focus on my life as it is and what I’m about doing now. My thoughts are not entangled with the past or engrossed in the future. Living in the now moment is a timeless fact. When I began reading the words of Eckhart Tolle’s “The Power of Now” I could not grasp the concept, although I eventually did. More importantly, I now needed to apply it.

As a person, I was haunted by many aspects of my childhood, youth, and later adulthood,. Later I created many things in my life, of which I was not proud. These too, regularly pierced through my mind. Unawares, I was nurturing thoughts that would create feelings within me. Dependent on the severity and frequency of these feelings, they would result in disastrous changes throughout my life. Taking the advice of Eckhart Tolle I made a commitment to stop nurturing thoughts and trading them for concentrating on what is happening now in my life. I no longer entertain backward thinking, I leave that to the past. I plan my future but do not live there.

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Peter’s Quote for The Day – Resisting Change.

Change Habits

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Change a Habit

I find my life is a daily challenge of facing change. I usually resist any changes, small or large. But I found out that it was not change I was resisting. Rather it was the habit of resisting that was the problem. It was the habit that caused my resisting, not the change. I learned this was the source of the problem. I had to deal first, with the habit. My habit was simply, “I don’t like change.” The solution is, create a new habit: “Change is essential for my growth.” With my new habit, I manage changes much better now…

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Weekly Words of Wisdom

Habits Atomic

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Changing Habits

I have always resisted any form of change. As time has passed, I have realized that change is a constant in my life, whether I like it or not. Resisting change is a habit I have had for more years than I can remember. Try though I may, I could not break this habit.

I was under the illusion of believing that so-called change involved only the bigger developments in my life, not incidental, moment-to-moment happenings.

There are myriads of annoying little incidents that take place in my life. A neighbor’s yapping dog, someone playing excessively loud music, a person being rude to me. All these are annoying, to say the least. But why am I so affected by these events? Because they are challenging me to change my bad attitude habit.

After reading much of Eckhart Tolle’s works, I began to wake up to the fact that the pain I felt in resisting change was from my habit, not the challenge of change.

He also speaks about ‘conscientiousness’ and the importance of living in that state. I now practice this throughout my day. I discipline myself to focus through the course of every activity I’m engaged in, no matter how small.

Reading Tolle’s information has had miraculous results for me.

I live in the now moment. I contend with my old habits of resisting change. I’m continually aware that my habits create my pain, not the challenge of change.

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Peter’s Quote of The Day

Gold

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  1. In times gone by I hated any change in my life that took me away from what I enjoyed. Now when change crosses my path I eagerly look for how it could possibly benefit me. I keep looking until I find my pot ‘o gold!
Peter James

I love each new day; the advantage of waking up and finding I’m alive, and the fact that once again, opportunity calls from outside the covers. Its so worthwhile waking and having gratitude for being alive; because one day I will wake up and find I’m dead! On that day I shan’t bother to find out what’s outside the covers – I will know.

I am Author, Writer, and Blogger.

Whilst the titles might make me sound important, I am not. I love people and have a strong passion to encourage people and help them to love themselves.

Writing and publishing on my blogsite is simply what I do.

What do I write? Over the years I have published, short stories, Inspirational articles, poems, reviews of books, movies, restaurants and more.

Although of late I have focused more on ‘Words of Wisdom’ articles that invite people to challenge themselves as far as their self-development is concerned and these I publish weekly, under the title, “Weekly Words of Wisdom” on my blogsite: http://www.sirpeterjames.com.

Having had an excellent response to the “Weekly Words of Wisdom,” it makes sense to publish a daily, “Peter’s Quote for The Day,” in the hopes that you will, not only read it, but let the words be drawn into your very soul and finally, and most important of all – you will apply them to your life.

Save this link: https://sirpeterjames.com/peters-quote-for-the-day/

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Peter’s Quote of The Day

Fruit Bowl
  1. Once I lived for instant gratification until I discovered that gratification is like fruit on a tree, best once it is ripe. Bitter if picked too soon.
Peter James

I love each new day; the advantage of waking up and finding I’m alive, and the fact that once again, opportunity calls from outside the covers. Its so worthwhile waking and having gratitude for being alive; because one day I will wake up and find I’m dead! On that day I shan’t bother to find out what’s outside the covers – I will know.

I am Author, Writer, and Blogger.

Whilst the titles might make me sound important, I am not. I love people and have a strong passion to encourage people and help them to love themselves.

Writing and publishing on my blogsite is simply what I do.

What do I write? Over the years I have published, short stories, Inspirational articles, poems, reviews of books, movies, restaurants and more.

Although of late I have focused more on ‘Words of Wisdom’ articles that invite people to challenge themselves as far as their self-development is concerned and these I publish weekly, under the title, “Weekly Words of Wisdom” on my blogsite: http://www.sirpeterjames.com.

Having had an excellent response to the “Weekly Words of Wisdom,” it makes sense to publish a daily, “Peter’s Quote for The Day,” in the hopes that you will, not only read it, but let the words be drawn into your very soul and finally, and most important of all – you will apply them to your life.

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Save this link: https://sirpeterjames.com/peters-quote-for-the-day/

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