A Beautiful Life Tapestry

What is your Compass?

Last night Mr. P showed me the Southern Cross or the constellation Crux…a constellation of four stars in a bright portion of the Milky Way…always out of sight in my past location of the Midwest…hidden below the southern horizon from countries in the Northern hemisphere…here the Crux is easily visible almost any time of year…

Like Polaris of the Northern Sky, the Southern Cross indicates the location of the pole…was and is…used by navigators to find their way…being among the brightest and were known even to the Ancient Greeks…and have great significance in cultures of the southern hemisphere…

It made me think about what the guiding compass in my life…what do I use to navigate my life in this noisy modern world…and especially on days that I feel lost, disoriented and confused…which I honestly can say…feels like most of the time…

Our Life Compass often tends to be based on our core values and principles…basically, principles and values are beliefs that guide our decisions, as well as influence how we view our world…some are guided by various religious or spiritual values and principles…some are guided by certain people’s philosophies, such as Ghandi, Mandela, Steve Jobs, etc…

But everyone is guided by principles and personal values…even drug dealers or rapists and murders…they are “bad” principles…but they use some value or principle that allows them to justify their actions and way of life…

There have… and I am sure…will always be… many twists and turns…so many unknowns…so many choices…that guidance is a necessity for me…a compass that directs the navigation in my life… that keeps me from falling off a cliff and breaking a bone or two..my personal values and principles come from a strong dependance upon the guidance of my heavenly Father…but however you have come to develop your own personal principles and values…there are a few that often define success…and have universal meaning…

Honesty…honesty should be the very bottom foundation of your life…honesty is imperative…it creates a strength of character…and is a close companion to intregity…thinking and doing what is right…no matter what the consequences and no matter if anyone is watching or not…

Fire…enthusiasm…”unbridled passion and excitement for living life on your own terms”…this is living dynamically…and the whole world will conspire with you to make your dreams become your reality…

Lighted Match With Smoke on Black Background
Light Your Passion

“I began to realize how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”
― Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald

Hard Work…but intelligent hard work…there is no substitute…working hard with focus and desire…Hard work refers to the continuous and sincere commitment towards a particular goal…

“Live the Life of Your Dreams
When you start living the life of your dreams, there will always be obstacles, doubters, mistakes and setbacks along the way. But with hard work, perseverance and self-belief there is no limit to what you can achieve.”
― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

Confidence… Confidence is about the faith you have in your abilities…the person you are…and how you view your most important relationship — the one with yourself… “the degree to which you think and “feel” your actions will achieve positive results.”

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Perserverance… we all fail at one point or another…sometimes we tumble over our own selves…and sometime… the way we get knocked down is completely out of our control…either way…we need to get back up…we only fail when we stay down…we need to respond and to rise to the occasion…You’ll find persistence and perseverance are ingredients that any happy and successful person put into practice…

What is your compass that directs you in the storms and windy seas of your life…

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