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Are You A Player In The Game Of Life? What Is Your Mindset? What Is Your Next Move?

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“There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changing… They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive. You must be constantly on your guard against congealing.”

― Gail Godwin

That quote paints this vivid image in my mind of a congealed mass, something like gravy left in a pan on the stove, or the food I feed my cat sitting in its bowl. Yuck!

I wonder, is that what our brain looks like as we age and we give up on life? When we decide our life is enough, we are content, and no longer interested in new ideas, or embracing change, does our brain congeal?

Let’s face it; there is a multitude of people that do choose to stop, and they are not all old. You see them everywhere you go, and you can tell by watching them, viewing their interactions, and listening to them talk.

Zombies come to mind. What the heck! I wonder about so many things, in particular, the way people think and act. I have always been an observer, so this is nothing new. I do it with everyone; I watch people, and I wonder what their life is like. What do they think about? What experiences have they lived through? Are they happy or sad?

Isn’t it strange how you can meet someone once or twice and make a judgment about them? Sometimes, we are spot on, and sometimes we are way off base. When I am observing other people, I wonder what judgment they are making about me.

I am an introvert, so I am happy and content to sit back and be the observer. My husband is much more outgoing then I am. He interacts easily and loves to talk to other people. I assume that outside observers, casual acquaintances, would easily make very different judgments about each of us.

As I am wondering about how we interact with one another, I am also curious about how we play the game and the effect our mindset has on our life and interactions.

When I started this blog, it was all about my mindset. I was fearful of growing old. I did not want to become a congealing blob of inactivity, and I did not want to settle for the here and now. I was afraid I would accept the status quo and stop attempting to learn and grow.

I made the right decision. Each day I stretch my brain in some way. I do a lot of reading and research, and I am learning. By doing so, I find my curiosity expanding. I do get frustrated sometimes because I want to do more. I am not settling for less.

So where are you? What is your mindset, and what are you doing to stay active, mentally, and physically?

It does not matter what age you are, where you live, or if you are working or retired. There is never a time when you should stop learning and improving.

Wake up each day and smile. Have a plan for what you want to do, and always believe it is going to be a good day. When you start each day with a positive mindset, the chances are increased that you will indeed have a good day. Need some help being positive? Read positive quotes; they do help.

Focus on the good things in your life. There will always be irritants, but there will always be good things too.

There is no such thing as pure perfection. We are told all the time to strive for perfection, and, yes, it is a good practice to do your best work. We can always improve and should have a personal goal of growth, but not perfection.

Live in the present. What happened in the past is over, and there is nothing you can do to change it. Learn from the experience, but do not dwell there. Tomorrow is just that. You have goals, and you have a plan, but focus on what you are doing today. Be present in every moment, enjoy it and make the most out of everything you do.

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.”

Wayne Dyer

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Quote Of The Day

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray.

Rumi
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Quote Of The Day

Some things cannot be explained. This is part of the magic of life. There cannot be a word or an idea or a definition attached to everything.

~ Jim James
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Quote Of The Day

“The world is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” 

Bertrand Russell
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Self Improvement – Taking The Time To Ask Questions – A Journey Of Self Discovery

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“At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.”

― Lao Tzu

Are you satisfied? I am never satisfied with myself, and I am 73 years old. There is always something more to do and plans to make. I want to make myself better. I want to learn more. I want to never settle into a stagnant life.

I realize there will always be intrusions. There will always be interruptions and obligations, but I sometimes chafe over that responsibility.

I have always let life shape me and often watched as I let it hold me back. Now, I am questioning why. At this time in my life it is not past the time to shape myself. I could look at my life, my age, and tell myself it is too late. That is not true. As long as I breath, I can learn and change. I can get better.

It is time to reassess and to ask myself some important questions. How do I want to live the next years of my life? What is important and what do I need to change?

What about you; do you want to make changes too? Here are some questions to ask.

Are you happy? That is an important question; one we should ask ourselves all the time. It should not be too difficult to answer. We should know, although I personally think there are layers, or levels, of happiness.

Do you feel good mentally and physically? We all have a tendency to ignore our own feelings and our health. We think of the people who we love and have an emotional connection with, before ourselves.

Are we learning new things? This is an important one for me. It is so important to have an active mind. There are so many options for doing research, and learning new things. Make it a habit to introduce something new into your life.

How meaningful is what you currently are doing, either work or personal activities? Do you feel like what you do matters? Does it add value to your life, or to someone else’s?

How can I get better? I ask myself this one all the time. I am new to blogging and writing and I am always looking for ways to improve. Asking ourselves that question could apply to any aspect of our life.

Do I procrastinate? I do, I know I do, and I am trying to establish habits to be better. I believe a high percentage of us procrastinate. Just think about how much more effective we would be if we pushed ourselves to simply step up and get it done.

What else should I be thinking about? Life constantly evolves and so are we. The questions we ask should also change to reflect the changes in our life.

Following this simple exercise on a continual basis can be life altering. One that will change us and make us better in every aspect of life.

I think of it as taking control of my life instead of life controlling me.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always be where you’ve always been.”

T.D. Jakes
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Quote Of The Day

“The only way the magic works is by hard work. But hard work can be fun.”

Jim Henson
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Quote Of The Day

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”

E.E. Cummings
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