Joy & gratitude

Joy & gratitude

 

So much wisdom on gratitude from David Steindl Rast in this On Being Podcast. I loved his description of happiness as something that passes and is based on circumstances whereas joy can be long term, is a choice we make and is not based on what is happening.

He explains gratitude as being present, seeing opportunity & availing yourself of it. 

“Stop, behold and go. Stop, ask what is the opportunity of this given moment (that’s the beholding), when you see it, then go. Being grateful isn’t necessarily about what you’ve been given. In every moment you can be grateful, there could be the opportunity to learn, to protest….”

He explains that anxiety is fine, but fear paralyses us. If we trust in life we’ll come through that situation having given birth to something great. 

Prayer is waterever lifts your spirit.

Make something that matters

Make something that matters

A really insightful interview from On Being by Krista Tippet with Seth Godin.

http://www.onbeing.org/program/seth-godin-on-the-art-of-noticing-and-then-creating/5000

The statement that really struck me was when Seth Godin said that today we don’t have enough connection or time and if we can give others a space where they can have meaning or help them maximise their time we can make an impact. It doesnt have to reach everybody, but we can have that bottom up impact or change he speaks of.

Another food for thought was how can we learn to tell the difference between a good idea and a bad one. I liked his tip about telling 10 people and see if it resonates with them, do they tell other people about it.