"Your Monday morning thoughts set your tone for the whole week".
Having a positive mind-set gives you more courage to persist through challenges and means that you approach these challenges in a more positive and productive way.
To help us all begin the new school week on a positive note we will be sharing #motivationalmonday through the website and twitter.
Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what will be.
Today we encouraged our staff to:
Acknowledge 1 thing that was difficult and let go.
Consider 3 things that went well.
Check on your colleagues before you go.
Rest and recharge.
Dwell in the Living
The beauty of life is in the living of it. And the living of life is now.
It is fine to make grand, wonderful plans and to then bring those plans to life through your efforts. Yet do not ignore the quiet, stunningly beautiful treasures in each ordinary moment.
Happiness is not in some distant place of perfection and pleasure. Happiness is waiting for you to give it life in this moment.
If all of your dreams were to suddenly come true, you would have no use for them. For the real essence of their joy is in the journey you take to reach those dreams.
It is in working your way through each day, one moment after another, that you connect with the value of life. Every flavour of experience adds to the richness in one way or another.
Do not put a lot of effort into judging whether today is good or bad, happy or sad. Just go ahead and live it with a thankful heart, and you will surely experience this day's own special value.
A Very Special Bank Account
Imagine you had a bank account that deposited £86,400 each morning. The account carries over no balance from day to day, allows you to keep no cash balance, and every evening cancels whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day.
What would you do? Draw out every dollar each day!
We all have such a bank. Its name is Time. Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds. Every night it writes off, as lost, whatever time you have failed to use wisely.
It carries over no balance from day to day. It allows no overdraft so you can’t borrow against yourself or use more time than you have.
Each day, the account starts fresh. Each night, it destroys an unused time. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, it’s your loss and you can’t appeal to get it back.
There is never any borrowing time. You can’t take a loan out on your time or against someone else’s. The time you have is the time you have and that is that.
Time management is yours to decide how you spend the time, just as with money you decide how you spend the money.
It is never the case of us not having enough time to do things, but the case of whether we want to do them and where they fall in our priorities.
The Black Dot
One day a professor entered the classroom and asked his students to prepare for a surprise test. They waited anxiously at their desks for the test to begin. The professor walked around the class and handed the question papers with the text facing downwards.
Once he handed them all out, he asked his students to turn the page and begin. To everyone’s surprise, there were no questions, but just a black dot in the center of the page. The professor thoroughly read through everyone’s bewildered expressions and said- “I want you to write what you see there.”
The perplexed students began to do what they had been asked to do.
At the end of the class, the professor took all the answer papers and started reading each one of them aloud in front of all the students. All of them with no exceptions described the black dot, trying to explain its position in the middle of the sheet, etc. After all had been read, the classroom silent, the professor began to explain:
“I am not going to grade you on this test; I just wanted to give you something to think about. No one wrote about the white part of the paper. Everyone focused on the black dot – and the same happens in our lives. This is exactly what we end to do with our lives. We have a white paper to hold onto and enjoy ,but we are so busy contemplating about the dark spots that’s in there. Life is a special gift and we will always have reasons to celebrate. It is changing and renewing everyday- our friends, jobs, livelihood, love, family, the miracles we see every day.”
And yet we insist on focusing only on the dark spots – the health issues that are bothering us, the money that we need to have, the luxuries we don’t have, complications in any relationship, problems with a family member, the disappointment with a friend and so on.
You need to realize that the dark spots are very small and only few. And yet we allow these to pollute our minds.
Take your eyes away from the black spots in your life. Enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you.
Be happy and live a life positively!