Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Some Origins Of Fire

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"And every day starts and ends in sunlight"

You may have noticed in past Gatsby Life posts, I've mention numerous times about "simplifying" your life, your thoughts, your time, etc. Simplify Simplify Simplify, easier said than done, right?

But it's the ability in each of us to experience that "drive and persistence" everyday and to simplify and achieve/improve "Goals" that is the real importance in life. As an everyday task, we must continually work at what we want in and out of  our lives. We all have multiple goals or things we need to work at, to improve, or achieve. These "GOALS" can be dreams, feelings, jobs, hobbies, passions, relationships, family, etc.. all of these take time and devotion to each to not only grow and shape, but learn and achieve what we want out of life.

What is YOUR "Origin Of Fire" 

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

We won't always know what is best for us at times, but with a little faith and some courage, you can set out to reach any "Goal" you want. Now these "Goals" can be anything whether it be about your job, dreams, or family, friends, relationships, or other. The door is wide open to start and try, but once you reach the metaphorical door of your "Goal",  you must realize it isn't the end of the hard work, you must be diligent, open-minded, and persistently trying improve, evolve and create something better of your "Goal" around you.

              “A person starts to live when he can live outside himself.” ~ Albert Einstein 

 We all need something to strive ("LIVE FOR") in life, usually it is what you think is the most important thing or person, or object, feeling, or dream, etc.. in your life. Whatever it may possibly be, these "Goals", or more specifically this thing or person, feeling, object, dream, etc, is really what drives each of us everyday to get up and get moving and get working on a better tomorrow on this "important aspect" of our lives.  

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~ Winston Churchill

So I ask you.. use this 3 step method to narrow down your list and see what are some of the things your living for! Whoa! Very Deep, I know, but I think you need to know what you are living for in order to live your life to the fullest and get the most enjoyment out of your life. Now it isn't about scientifically possible explanations, example. name 5 things you cannot live without - Oxygen, food... etc.. ( well duh, but I mean what are 5 important things or people, etc.. that "drives" you.)  

I'll give you example for the first question.

Name 5 Things You Cannot Live Without
some examples; Faith, Mom, Dad, Sister, Brother, Son, Daughter, Family, Friends, Relationship, Specific Person, Music, Guitar, Books, Etc.. Other Objects, Love, Dreams, Job, Education, It can be anything really - example even your Hair, Diet Coke, Materialist objects, etc.. 
(We are all different, with different beliefs/importance's in each of our lives) 

Now Take Away 2 of Those, To Narrow 5 Down To Top 3 Things In Your Life You Cannot Live Without
Name Your Top 3

NOW What Is The One Thing You Cannot Live Without?                    

My one thing I cannot live without -  LOVE
Expressing Love for another person, love for my family & friends, love & grateful for everything in my life, and everyone/everything I interact with. And Love how every day starts and ends in sunlight.  Love & kindness give the heart & soul steady rhythm. Love inspires, love overwhelms, makes you feel whole, makes you feel alive... 
Of everything out there in the world today, the One Thing I most definitely believe in is LOVE...

It takes over everything you are.
It makes you do things you never thought you could do before.
But that's what makes it so amazing, is you can't control it.
It can change everything in a second.
It's so amazing, it's LOVE ~ AvA

“Only a life lived for others is worth living” ~ Albert Einstein

 - Ross

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Walk With The Dreamers, The Believers, The Cheerful...

“Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it...” ~ Wilferd Peterson

Surround Yourself With Positivity

Watch out for the constant complainers, the negative, the pessimistic, the depressed, the anxious, & bad tempered. These people who are constantly complaining about problems or putting a negative spin to any situation will actually wear you down with their negativity. NegWaativity not only affects a single person, but everyone that surrounds them. Be careful not to absorb their negative energy and take on some of their negativity. Make sure you set an example for these types of people by sending them positive messages instead of getting sucked into their depressed moods.

“Surround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher.” ~ Oprah Winfrey

The people who surround you are a reflection of you and reflect on you. The people that you associate with, the way in which they live, their attitudes, and their style of living have an extreme influence on your attitude and actions. So it is important to not only surround yourself with positive people and people that you aspire to be like. This will help your mood and actions to be more positive and elevate your abilities to a new higher level that you may have not thought was possible. (It helps having positive people around you to help you believe in yourself.)

"Life is too short to spend your precious time trying to convince a person who wants to live in gloom and doom otherwise. Give lifting that person your best shot, but don't hang around long enough for his or her bad attitude to pull you down. Instead, surround yourself with optimistic people." ~ Zig Ziglar

But if you surround yourself with people who are negative, that do not support you and do not value themselves, these people will only hold you back. Be on the watch, because you may not be consciously aware of it, these people will result in a big impact on your mood and actions. How do you really want to be living your life?; in a positive, optimistic, and inspiring, positive influential way to others? or in a negative, depressed, pessimistic, bringing others down way?

"A healthy attitude is contagious but don’t wait to catch it from others. Be a carrier." ~ Author Unknown

Let's all be more positive, more open-minded, less quick to action, more time to think. A steady mind and a full heart. Influence others in the most positive way you can. Use Compliments instead of complaints! Life will bring you challenges and obstacles, & things don't always go your way, but remember it's not the end of the world. Always be looking for the positive side of things, trust me it's there waiting to be discovered. Bring it out, not only in yourself but others around you. It will elevate yourself to new heights and help lift the others around you at the same time.

"The measure of mental health is the disposition to find good everywhere." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Positive things happen to positive people." ~ Sarah Beeny

- Ross

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Let It Run Wild...

~ Imagination ~
“Everything you can imagine is real.” ~ Pablo Picasso

Live your life with as much imagination and dreams as possible, don't let a day go by without letting your imagination run wild. What could it hurt? Live, Dream, Be Free, Be Unique, Believe, Dare, Discover, Imagine the Unattainable and one day it will be yours.

"All men who have achieved great things have been great dreamers." ~ Orison Swett Marden

“I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” ~ Albert Einstein

Act like an adult, Think like a child. Remember back to a time when you had no worries, you were young, wild, & free. We all need to relate back to this every now and then. Yes, you may have more responsibilities now, job, family, etc.. but it can't hurt to be young at heart & mind. 

    ~Kids live fearlessly and curious lives...
           Grow up to be so serious
                Lost time, broken dreams..
                   So usual
                      Unpredictable, life's a miracle~  Angels & Airwaves

“You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, 'Why not?'”  
~ George Bernard Shaw

~ The Possibilities Are Endless ~ 
Have no limitations in everything you seek, do, and dream. Don't set limits for yourself, instead think of the endless possibilities that can be achieved. Your Imagination cannot be defined, it is your own. Your dreams, goals, ideas, imagination can anything you make it to be. Set out to go beyond, obtainable the unattainable in your life and dreams. But do not seek perfection, because perfection does not exist..  If you were to achieve perfection, you would meet the end. In dreams, goals, & Imagination there is no end to what you seek and can achieve. 

“Limitations live only in our minds. But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless.”
 ~ Jamie Paolinetti

"Everything that is new or uncommon raises a pleasure in the imagination, because it fills the soul with an agreeable surprise, gratifies its curiosity, and gives it an idea of which it was not before possessed." ~ Joseph Addison

"I am imagination. I can see what the eyes cannot see. I can hear what the ears cannot hear. I can feel what the heart cannot feel." ~ Peter Nivio Zarlenga

“I believe that imagination is stronger than knowledge. That myth is more potent than history. That dreams are more powerful than facts. That hope always triumphs over experience. That laughter is the only cure for grief. And I believe that love is stronger than death.” ~ Robert Fulghum

Don't ever let another day go by in your life with it being dull and uneventful. Let your imagination run wild to create and discover and reach the unattainable. 
- Ross 

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Greatest Secret in The World...

"Do not ask God to guide your footsteps if you are not willing to move your feet."

Do you help yourself or hinder yourself when it comes to going after the things you want in life?

LIFE is full of the personal daily challenges that are constantly awaiting or being presented to you. Whether it be work/job related, personal issues, financial, dating/relationships, goals or dreams. What are you living for? What do you want in your life? It all can be obtainable, but first you must "Help yourself, and then God will help you."

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman

As Christians, we must seek God and put our faith in him, to help with problems, obtain our goals, and come to a peace of mind.  We must acknowledge our true faith and beliefs and truly know God is watching over us. BUT, we must not sit back and coast along in life and expecting everything you want to land at your doorstep. 

Many Christians expect God to do more than His (GOD's) part, and soon forget that we must play "our" part too. God will only help you, if you help yourself. YOU must be the one that takes action, steps up to the challenge & take the first step on your journey or adventure and then realize God will be with you along the way.
                            "Help yourself, and God will help you." ~ St. Joan of Arc 

You must be the one to JUMP into life, God will not push you, but will be with you along the way to watch and guide.
(Above: Me jumping "figuratively")

“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” Howard Thurman

Now I'm talking directly to you reading this... Yes YOU! You are an amazing person, abilities and qualities that are truly unique to just you. You have the ability to achieve anything and everything you want out of life, (love, great job, family, great friends, world records, world peace ;), etc.. ANYTHING you want) and all you have to do is take the first step yourself and carry your faith in God along the way!
God awaits to delight in you! ~ Although HE is waiting for you to make the first move from confidence in your Faith & ABILITY

Your life is your life, Don't let it be clubbed into dank submission. 

 Be on the watch, There are ways out.. There is light somewhere.
It may not be much light, but it beats the darkness. 

Be on the watch, God will offer you chances, know them, take them. 
You can't beat death, but you can beat death in life sometimes….

And the more often you learn to do it, the more light there will be.

Your life is your life, know it while you have it, You are marvelous.

God waits to delight in you…

- Charles Bukowski

Happiness is out there. You can get more than your share, but you simply must help yourself.
~And You That's Gonna Have To Save Yourself~ Rich Aucoin

Have Faith In God, But also HAVE FAITH IN YOURSELF! 

- Ross

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Gatsby is A.L.i.V.E. (All Living Instantly Vanquish Everything)

Forgiveness is the giving, and so the receiving, of life. ~George MacDonald

Forgiveness & Regret. Always do the first one, never the second. In life you have to have forgiveness throughout your life, in many different situations. Forgiveness towards others, other people who may have treated you wrong in one way or another. Forgiveness towards others will lead you to a more peaceful and calming life. It will not only ease your mind, but your heart. Although at times it may be hard to forgive someone for something that happened. So it may take some time; days, weeks, months, or even years. But regardless of how long it takes, in the end find the mercy and compassion in your heart to let go and forgive. It will help free and open your mind and heart.

To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you. ~Unknown

Today, take a step forward in your life and start to forgive those who may have "wronged" you in the past. We are all only human, all capable of mistakes, so be keep your heart open and forgive one another more often. Just as God has forgiven us through his son Jesus Christ.

"Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." ~~ Ephesians 4:32

As you go through life, don't regret parts of your life, because you need to experience each chapter to finish or "understand" the whole book. Situations arise and leave in your life, thoughts, actions, decisions executed, some may not always be to your better judgement. But in life, if you sit around thinking in the past, you will miss out on the future. 

Live your life without any regrets of the past, because you cannot go back an change anything, this is the time right now, live in the present. BUT NOW As you proceed with life, be more cautious, think decisions, actions a little more thoroughly before executing them through. Plan ahead, look to the future, be positive, be inspiring to others with your positive actions and thoughts. Don't let your negative actions or thoughts in the past darken the bright future you have ahead. 

Forgiveness & Regret can be summed by this quote:
Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself. ~ Ausonius 

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. ~Louis B. Smedes

Forgiveness is giving up the possibility of a better past. ~Unknown 
So I say: "the past is the past, the present is now and the future is tomorrow.
So why are you living in the past, when there is so much more ahead waiting for you?"
 ~ Ross