There is a profound difference in the habits of the successful from those that are not. This graphic reinforces the values we believe in and reminds us on a daily basis of the attitudes and habits that we need to embrace in order to become successful.
The image above reminds me of The Story of the Golden Buddha
The brief idea is that a golden Buddha was covered up with clay one day when an army was coming to invade. It worked, as the army didn’t steal or destroy it. However, everyone forgot it was golden underneath until a long time later when a young boy accidentally bumped some clay off. He saw the gold beneath. He called everyone else and they picked off the clay to reveal the glorious, golden Buddha.
There is a parallel for us in this story. Here’s my take on it, as it stands right now. We’re all “golden” at our cores. Our spirits are “gold” (and we all have the same gold!!) and then we’re born with a physical body and mind. This is the beginnings of the clay. During our lives we add more and more clay. We get to like the clay. We think our clay is better than other people’s clay. We forget that we are gold underneath. Hopefully, at some point in our lives, a bit of our clay breaks off and we see some gold. Once that happens, we’ll probably spend the rest of our lives trying to get the clay off and rejoicing in the gold we can see beneath. The important point for me is that we ALL have the same gold beneath all sorts of various clays that we’ve constructed over the years. At the level of the gold, nobody is better or worse than anybody else. I find this thought inspiring.
As we approach the New Year, I know I am not the only one who is getting tired. But now is precisely the time to make huge changes, right? We can do better! We can run faster! We can eat more kale … all in 2015.
Hm, let's think about that further. Goal setting is a wonderful thing. It is what inspires us to leave a prone, passive position in our lives. However, the excess of "doing better" can have us running at a frenetic pace. We try answering every chirp of our Smartphones, while logging our workouts and baking a cake from scratch. Especially in today's age of constant communication, the decision to
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