St Patrick’s Day

My daughter brought this home from playschool last year:

Once upon a time, a brave little man journeyed out into the forest to find his pot of gold.  He looked way up high and underground.  Every time he opened his searching eyes, the little man discovered something new.  His travels made him rich in experience, laughter and love.  He grew younger and younger at heart until he was the colour of spring.

Then one day it hit him: The pot of gold wasn’t a thing at all, but a way of seeing and being.

The little man knew, however, that nobody would understand this unless they experienced it for themselves.  So he hid the wisdom under a rock, under a fern, in a forest, perhaps not far from where you live.  And that is the real story behind the Leprechaun’s pot of Gold.

Happy St Patrick’s Day and every golden day in between.

Be successful now

Having plans, being ambitious, setting targets: these all have an important part in your future success. But are you so focussed on future success that you forget to be successful here and now?

If your plans and hopes for the future are making you so stressed so that you can’t sleep, or you are spending so much time on the future that you don’t enjoy the good things you have already, then you are not being successful right now.

If you spend every day of your life striving for success tomorrow without enjoying today, you will never achieve success.

Take time today to enjoy life: your family, your friends, the world around you. And when you take that time, focus on those things, and really enjoy them. Take time off from thinking about tomorrow.

Wishing a successful day, today!

Make a Start

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  Lao-tzu, Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

It’s so easy to find good reasons for never starting something.  Of course, you don’t admit to yourself that you might never make a start, but there is always a good reason for not doing it yet.

Take this blog as an example. I set up the basic blog site about 5 months ago. But I was busy and I wanted to get everything right before I commited myself to public blog posts. I didn’t want to look silly. I didn’t want to miss out on some useful features that can be added as plugins.

But those aren’t the most important things about a blog. Provided I have the security settings correct (so that the blog doesn’t become a spam exchange) then people will visit if I have something useful to say and not because I have the latest plugin for some new fangled idea.

If I find that I can sustain a reasonable rate of postings and if people actually read them, then I can add the bells and whistles that will enhance the experience, both for me and for my readers. If there is nothing worth reading, then the additional features would be of little value anyway.  

So, if you have a worthwhile project that you have been thinking about for a while, go ahead and make a start. Don’t wait for everything to be perfect. If it is good enough, start that journey and see where it leads.