Words by people I admire or am inspired by mean so much to me. Today I’m sharing a quote by one of my favorite characters.
Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can pretty much change your life forever.
When you want to change your life it can be easy to try and go for gold, to go for the big thing but it isn’t always necessary. Sometimes its the smallest decisions -like choosing to take a walk, talking to a stranger instead of ignoring them, saying yes instead of no or choosing to go with your gut instinct instead of thinking things over (and over and over)- that make the biggest difference.
So don’t hold out for something big, embrace the little things and change your life!
Today I had a mini revelation about spending time by myself. After a day of classes I stopped off at a park on my way home. I walked down the path and sat on a bench, then proceeded to listen to a podcast and gaze at the pool of water before me.
I hadn’t had a particularly stressful day but I just felt compelled to have some intentional alone time. I spend time by myself on a regular basis but the majority of the time I’m completing some sort of task like doing food shopping or running errands. However, I’m learning that there is great significance in spending time alone without an agenda. Sat on that park bench, I felt relaxed and at peace. It gave me time to reflect on my day. When I left the park I felt refreshed as though I’d just finished meditating. When I looked up at the sky I saw a rainbow and immediately felt a sense of bliss, as though it was a sign that I was exactly I was meant to be.
Sometimes it’s the little things that do you a world of good.
I’m a big fan of sharing quotes and whilst scrolling through my phone I came across one by Bonhoeffer. It perfectly answers something I found myself wondering a little over a year ago. In the spring of 2016 I found myself wondering why I wasn’t managing to do the things I wanted to and when I did start I couldn’t fully commit.
“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer
I’ve always been a big thinker but this quote made me realise that to think is not enough. Action will come from you being ready to take responsibility for yourself and for whatever you need to accomplish. I think it’s important to sometimes just admit to yourself that you aren’t ready to take responsibility yet. There’s nothing wrong with that because honesty is important.
But the most important thing is that you do take action at some point. If things don’t work out you can try again (and again and again!). Just don’t get too caught up in waiting until you’re totally ready because that time may never come.
Our days are made up of hundreds of choices (or potential choices). Sometimes we have to make the choice between what we’ve always done and what we’re too scared to do. Sometimes anxiety can take over, leading us back to a place where we find comfort in familiarity despite the harm that it may cause.
The thing that scares us is often the more difficult choice, it’s unfamiliar and we may even have to create a new neural pathway, it can be hard-work. But despite how it may seem, the thing that you’re too scared to do will always be worth it. When what you’ve always done isn’t working, when you become aware of this it’s your duty to be valiant (or even just rational) and decide that you’re willing to change.
The older I get the more I see the value in doing things that are outside of my comfort zone. I used to have so much fear around doing certain things alone that I ended up missing out on many of the things that I was interested in. This resulted in my fears growing further and further becoming much scarier than the reality.
A couple of months ago whilst scrolling through twitter, someone I follow recommended the author Alan Watts. Last month I started reading one of his books called The Book On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. I was unsure of what to expect but found that I really resonated with much of the writers words. Whilst reading the book I made a few notes of the quotes I liked best as I thought it would be good to share them.
- Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature
- Attention is narrowed perception
- Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way
- Society as we know it is therefore playing a game with self-contradictory rules
- A permanently vicious specious destroys, not only itself, but all other life in its environment
- Most of our products are being made by people who do not enjoy making them
- The more strenuously you grasp this airy nothingness, the more swiftly it collapses in your hands
- The present is the only thing that has no end
- We have scrubbed the world clean of magic
- Life must be lived as a game
- To define is to limit
So there you have it, let me know which one was your favorite or if you’ve read any good books lately. Leave me your recommendations below.
One thing I’ve found myself doing for years and years is buying new notebooks and making up uses for them.