I was listening to Dr. Gabor Maté, a Hungarian-Canadian physician specializing in childhood trauma, on The Tim Ferriss Show. He shared a quote that was powerful. Dr. Gabor Maté said…
“It’s from one of my favourite teachers. And his name is AH Olness. And he says, ‘Your conflicts, all the difficult things, the problematic situations in your life are not chance or haphazard, they’re actually yours. They’re specifically yours designed specifically for you by a part of you that loves you more than anything else. That part of you that loves you more than anything else has created roadblocks to lead you to yourself. You’re not going to go in the right direction, unless there’s something pricking you in the side telling you look here, this way. That part of you loves you so much that it doesn’t want you to lose the chance. It will go to extreme measures to wake you up. It will make you suffer greatly if you don’t listen. What else can it do? That’s its purpose.’ And I found this to be true of physical illness and mental problems and everything. You’ve got to see what is the teaching here.” Continue reading
Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, said in his book Meditations, “To recover your life is in your power. Look at things again as you used to look at them; for in this consists the recovery of your life.”
When we were young, we looked at life with awe. We didn’t carry the weight of the world on our shoulders.
As the years passed, we became jaded, disappointed and doubtful. Things go wrong. Life happens. And it’s not always what we pictured.
But if we take a moment to look at the things we have that are irreplaceable. The things that money can’t buy. Our health. Our family and friends. Our dreams. We have everything.
Marcus also wrote, “It is very possible to be a divine man and to be recognized as such by no one. Always bear this in mind; and another thing, too, that very little indeed is necessary for living a happy life.”
Very little indeed.
No matter what life throws at you, take a moment to stop scrolling, running and fretting and think of the three things that mean everything.
In that moment, you will recover your life.
I was listening to a webinar by author Benjamin Hardy this week and he made an interesting point. All the growth and creativity happens when you rest.
If you are trying to build muscle, you work hard at lifting weights but the muscles get bigger during the recovery period. Continue reading