Walnuts and Rice

Here’s a fun exercise to try if you haven’t heard of it before:

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Take a jar, a handful of rice (enough to fill the jar) and a handful of walnuts. If you put the rice in first and then the walnuts, you’ll find that there is not enough room in the jar for both. But if you put the walnuts in the jar first and then the rice, they both fit fine.

What’s the lesson?

The walnuts are our priorities. The things that matter most in life.

The rice is everything else. The small stuff. All of life’s little details.

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When we do what matters most to us first, the rest of life kind of just falls into place. Life always works itself out when we have our priorities in line and we put our walnuts first.

Start Today

Good morning y’all and happy Monday! I hope that this inspirational quote serves as a reminder to us all as we begin our work week…

“A year from now, you may wish you had started today.” – Karen Lamb

Remember to be conscious of your priorities. 🙂

Busyness

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

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And know the difference between being busy and being hurried. We are always in hurry when we’re not doing the one thing that we should be doing.

A Quote about Risks

“People take risks sometimes wildly unjustified both to prove themselves right and, more profoundly, to prove themselves.” – Erving Goffman

A Talmudic Saying

If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am for myself only, who am I? If not now, when?

Low Expectations

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“Nobody rises to low expectations.” – Calvin Lloyd

Dream Big

“Dream big. Hold the dream high enough, consistently enough, and the dream must manifest into form, by law. By universal law, it cannot fail to do so. Do not worry about how. It is all taken care of for you as long as you do your part of thinking, acting, speaking, and being in accordance with that dream. Just dream, visualize, and then start doing something. Do the next thing that you feel you should do in accordance to that dream, and keep on moving. The little that you do triggers something else that you had not foreseen and on and on this goes until it completes.” –I am Wealth, I am Abundance, I am Joy

Fear and Love

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

-John Lennon

Following Your Heart

“As you make a habit of not taking anything personally, you won’t need to place your trust in what others do or say. You will only need to trust yourself to make responsible choices.

If you keep this agreement, you can travel around the world with your heart completely open and no one can hurt you. You can say, “I love you” without fear of being ridiculed or rejected. You can ask for what you need. You can say yes, or you can say no – whatever you choose – without guilt or self-judgment. You can choose to follow your heart always.”

-Don Miguel Ruiz

Suffering and Happiness: A Choice

“If you look at your life you will find many excuses to suffer, but a good reason to suffer you will not find.

The same is true for happiness. Happiness is a choice, and so is suffering.”

-Don Miguel Ruiz