It Is What It Is ~ 'cause Life Happens!
There is a Taoist story of an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. "Such bad luck," they said sympathetically.
"Maybe," the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it three other wild horses. "How wonderful," the neighbors exclaimed.
"Maybe," replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. The neighbors again came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune.
"Maybe," answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son's leg was broken, they passed him by. The neighbors congratulated the farmer on how well things had turned out. "Maybe," said the farmer.
It Is What It Is (iiWii)
Most of the time, whether we realise it or not, we are never really in control of life events! Sometimes we are helped by others to progress and sometimes others knock us back.
This paper invites you to explore how you respond to what happens in your life. Whether you wittingly or unwittingly perpetuate the negatives and all that that brings, or the positives and all that that brings. Whether you are an “If only” or a “Next time” person?
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Nearly two-thousand years ago, the Roman Emperor and Stoic Marcus Aurelius experienced extensive warfare, and more than a decade of plague. Yet, he rose above even these tragic times with a wonderful self-fulfilling prophecy, “Life is what our thoughts make of it” (read that a few times …)
How you respond to what happens in your life forms the foundation to your relationships, your career opportunities, your business development, and your overall physical and emotional wellbeing (The Law of Attraction).
During the past year or so of unprecedented global turmoil, many people have just given up. There are also those who grasped their unexpected release from a master/servant relationship to start their own business opportunity ~ even working from their own home.
Many turned to market gardening to feed their families, offering their excess to others. Others joined on-line writer groups to pursue that book they have always wanted to write . Yet, others volunteer their time and talent to help those who are really destitute; the refugee; the homeless; the aged; and the infirm.
Those who constantly look outward tend to fair better than than those who constantly look inward. They seek those worse off than themselves. They give in spite of their own situation. They accept It Is What It Is, and as long as they have breath in their body they contribute something, anything.
Twists & Turns
In 1997, the Australian businessman, speaker and film-maker Baz Luhrmann spoke to a graduating class. Here is what he said,
Now Go And Do Something Better With Yours!
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