Yes, the blog title did appear as a quote for giving some things up in Google images and I fell in love with it because it is so true. page 114 under Perspective in Marc and Angel’s book Getting Back to Happy: Here’s the link. The title is We have to give up some things to get what we ultimatley want in life: Marc and Angel write, This might be one of the hardest truths to swallow, and that;s why we mention it several times throughout this book. We have to say no to good things to be able to say yes to important things. We simply can’t do it all. So be mindful, and choose wisely. What you choose to focus on grows stronger in your life. At every moment, thousands of little things are competing for your attention. All of these fall into two categories: things that are priorities and things that are not.
So, what are your priority things versus your things that are not? For each of us they are profoundly and subtly different on each day. What have we said about what we need to give up to fit in those things that deserve our priority, here’s a few goes at it:
1. I regretted not travelling more in my youth, now my body is not so sure about climbing mountain peaks and thin air like in Nepal.
2. When were you last broken down? It doesn’t feel good but you are still here walking the path one step at a time: Break Free.
3. Is your life over because those bad things happened to you. The answer is no, you are still on this planet to fulfil your destiny.
4. Being patient, believing and never giving up, the recipes to your dreams: Don’t Give Up.
5. Time after Time, the journey to greatness.
6. I am accused of smiling far too much: Make me Smile.
7, I keep thinking about my Intercultural slogan for the new world paradigm: Love and respect for All, Everybody Included.
8. From the great philosopher Ms. Unknown comes the great line: Success is failure turned inside out: Teardrops.
9. I have not given up on you, remember to breathe next time we meet.
10 Put on the glasses to read this one. Ten things to do at number 10: Fast Car.
11. The grandfather of the positivity movement, Dale Carnegie reminds us of a poignant fact.
a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty
- lost faith in the company’s president
(2) : sincerity of intentions
- acted in good faith
b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof
- clinging to the faith that her missing son would one day return
3 : something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs
- the Protestant faith
— on faith
: without question
- took everything he said on faith: When We Were Young.
13. It is one of the most awesome things in the world, because it is known as unconditional love.
14. I spent 8 years as a devout buddhist praying every day, some of the things in my life now were’nt in the pictures I was imagining: Black Hole Sun.
15. Mary Anne Evans known by her pen name George Eliot, was an English novelist, poet, journalist, translator and one of the leading writers of the Victorian era. Back in the 18th century women didn’t write books.
The point Marc and Angel make finishes with these words: Focus on the few key things that are most important for you to succeed today – to take another small step forward. And too remember that giving up other things isn’t just about making small immediate sacrifices; it’s also about gradually gaining the resources you need to do something significant. If you want to achieve an important goal or outcome in your life, you have to give up the things that conflict with it. That doesn’t man you have to intentionally suffer. it just means you can’t have it all – you have ot sacrafice something that you value less than whatever it is to you ultimately want to achieve.
The playlist for today comes from a different method, the first six songs followed each other on Youtube and the last is a beautiful tribute to someone who gave up, Chris Cornell. Pop diva Ariana Grande, Pop icons Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush are followed by 70’s star Steve Harley. Then on to the 80’s with Womack and Womack and Tracy Chapman. then we return to this century with Adele and Norah Jones.
Namaste until next time, my dear friends.