The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.
We all have heard of the expression: "Rome wasn't built in a day." That statement is true, however in relative terms, it was dismantled in one day. Many may disagree with this, and argue that instead it fell overtime and that "it" was its own greatest enemy. For now, we’ll leave that debate to the historians. However, the collapse of this empire serves as a great analogy for our lives. I’ll use it in the aspect of our habits. Wise habits are difficult to create in one's life. If we refrain from continuously practicing certain actions with great volition, we can never develop such habits. And all the effort will be a sunk cost.
I hope that I have not disappointed you due to the catchy title and the difference in content. No, this post will not be about growing your bank balances, in a day. I don't sell that "JUICE" and I'm definitely not the Wolf of Waukegan. :)
Nevertheless, to quickly build wealth it necessitates virtually nothing. You merely have to pause your actions for a few minutes and breathe. Once you’re somewhat stationary, do your best to stay that way. In these minutes of physical calm, your mind will remain energetic and even more dynamic than ever before since the mind fears itself.
This is the time in which you may have a good potential to lead (not control) your mind in a direction which will help you build good habits of mind. Habits which will help you become a person of a well-developed character.
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
I believe that a person of character is one which has the ability to demonstrate great gratitude. Especially for the simplest of things. This can be towards life in general, towards others, etc. Being gracious doesn't require much energy. It simply requires a certain amount of mindfulness and openness to certain experience of life. But habitually, we're so occupied with making sure that we always remain occupied. I'm somewhat guilty of that.
Yet, if we become strong enough mentally. We may be allow ourselves a minute or two to develop the habit of being continuously gracious. From here, other good practices will follow. These may include one's generosity towards others, a more optimistic perspective on life, wiser conduct, etc. This will greatly vary on a case by case basis. Yet it will definitely have a great effect on our karma (actions). Our karma, in my opinion is all that we "have" in our temporary experience here.
Don't get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity.
In the identical manner that interest (financial) compounds over time if allowed to grow by not touching it, so will our good karma. When our levels of gratitude have been expanded we may cultivate great appreciation for ourselves and others. The consequence of this will definitely show in our states of mind which may also force us to value the most precious resource which is our time.
These better states of mind may very well lead us into seeking the following:
To be continued in part 2..
Jahaziel Rueda CHHC,CPT,CES AADP
-Expert in nutrition, basic anatomy and physiology.
-Owner/Trainer at Vita Nova Nutrition and Fitness