Welcome to the magical month of April being midway in the changing seasons of Autumn or Spring depending on which part of the world you are in. I love Autumn as the leaves change colour and fall in preparation for the colder winter months and the mornings feel just a little crisper. For those north of the equator April means Spring teeming with life in full flight ready for life’s adventures.
Today I heard a statement that really got me thinking. The statement was this “The quality of your life is determined by the quality of the question.” Yes right now some of you will be saying, hey wait a minute what about those people who are suffering illness, or those who haven’t got the cognition to process such a statement and yes I acknowledge such situations. However I am thinking of you, myself and the many others who may benefit from looking more closely at this statement.
Your ‘Living Envelope’ has exactly the sum total of the questions you have asked yourself. It is time to get out of the toddler defining question of why, why, why? It is the why and the blame game that keeps you in your turmoil. Instead of being the toddler asking why or the adolescent blaming, let’s leap forward as a mature adult. Ask yourself this question “what can I learn from this?”
It is so easy to bias the questions you ask yourself, to rationalise your emotions and to give substance to your actions. It is also just as easy to turn it around and ask yourself “what can I learn from this?”
Recently I had two colleagues diagnosed with cancer in the sinus cavity. One of them was saying to her family “why me?” and her son who suffers from cystic fibrosis replied to her “why not you?” Wow that is huge. Everyone is on their own journey and what they make of that journey is up to them.
The Words that Shine challenge for this month is for you to reopen your living envelope. Are you happy with the quality of your life? Think about the following statement and question and apply it to your everyday life.
“The quality of your life is determined by the quality of the question.”
“What can I learn from this?”
Living life with passion
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