Friday, April 29, 2011

Pay It Forward Day

Today, April 29th, is Pay It Forward Day, the annual celebration of the belief that each of us has the power to better someone’s life simply by doing small, random acts of kindness, particularly anonymously.

The idea is to do a kindness without the expectation of being paid back or rewarded, with the hope that the recipient pays the favor forward by helping someone else. The premise was put forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde in her back (and later the movie) Pay It Forward.

As you go through your day today, keep this in mind. Do a random act of kindness, and keep it to yourself. And if you are on the receiving end, pay it forward.

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

To learn more about how you can live a flourishing life, please visit my web site, www.liveaflourishinglife.com.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Defeating Powerlessness

"When you do nothing, you feel overwhelmed and powerless. 
But when you get involved, you feel the sense of hope and accomplishment that comes 
from knowing you are working to make things better."
~ Pauline R. Kezer

There are many reasons why we may feel powerless. We may feel defeat and despair because we hold on to the belief that we do not have the power to change things -- that the world is far too complicated and little is within our control -- and so we simply give up.

Sure, there will be circumstances that we truly can't change. Yet, we are never wholly powerless in any situation because we always have the choice as to how we will respond to it.

Resilient people embrace flexibility in their thinking and in their actions. Resilient thinkers embrace a constellation of ideas and then critically explore the possibilities in order to discover new patterns of probabilities.

And once we can see that there are options, we feel hopeful and we begin to take action. Resilient thinking shifts us from powerlessness to powerfulness.

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

To learn more about how you can live a flourishing life, please visit my web site, www.liveaflourishinglife.com.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Stay Connected

The strength of our connections to others is a key factor in determining our resiliency. Caring relationships that convey understanding, respect, and mutual interests vital.

Are you giving the people who matter greatly to you enough of your time? Or have your connections dwindled to 140 character on Twitter or 160 on Facebook?

When is the last time you picked up the telephone and spoke with a dear friend or met him or her for a cup of tea or coffee?

Take a few moments to ponder this question: How can you strengthen and build your connection to others, particularly the people in your support network?

An underlying stronghold of resilience is cohesion, a sense of belonging, and communication. Stay connected.

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

To learn more about how you can live a flourishing life, please visit my web site, www.liveaflourishinglife.com.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Just For Today...

As many of my readers and students are aware I believe in the kaizen approach, that is, on making little changes on a regular basis. Kaizen is about finding new, creative and effective ways to improve one’s life…from tackling the mundane to managing our stress, to attaining our life vision.

So just for today, I will focus on living this day positively. I will seek out an inspirational quote or a few paragraphs that will guide me, or I will watch a short video clip that will inspire me to take a positive action.

What will you do for yourself, just for today?

Have a joyful day everyone. And remember to live a flourishing life.
Rita
www.ritaschiano.com

To learn more about how you can live a flourishing life, please visit my web site, www.liveaflourishinglife.com.

What I learned today...

There are three distinct kinds of happiness: the Pleasant Life (pleasures), the Good Life (engagement), and the Meaningful Life. The first two are subjective, but the third is at least partly objective and lodges in belonging to and serving what is larger and more worthwhile than the just the self's pleasures and desires.

Authentic Happiness synthesizes all three traditions: The Pleasant Life is about happiness in Hedonism's sense. The Good Life is about happiness in Desire's sense, and the Meaningful Life is about happiness in Objective List's sense.

Authentic Happiness further allows for the "Full Life," a life that satisfies all three criteria of happiness.

Excerpt from Authentic Happiness