Eternally Searching for Paradise?

05Dec10

A frequent human fault is to keep looking for something perfect, whatever it may be – job, partner, what you imagined your life to be, etc., even if you already have it right in front of you. It’s almost like a game that you play against yourself which you never win. While you are on this eternal search the present moment just passes you by, and you don’t even realize it.

I’m not saying settle. Never settle. Always strive to be the best that you can be and do more than you think you can do. Sometimes you can surprise even yourself. Tenacity and resilience are what pushed successful people to get to where they are today. Just figure out what’s important to you and what’s important in life, and once you’ve got your goals, go for it! Paradise is what you make of it, but a lot of it has to do with being happy with yourself.

Below are a few motivational quotes to help keep you going:

“All men dream, but not all equally. Those who dream by night…wake to find it was all vanity. The dreamers of the day are dangerous, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, and make things happen.”

– T.E. Lawrence

“Success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue…as the unattained side effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.”

– Viktor Frankl

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”

– Goethe

“You are the architect of your own fortune. You are the architect of your misfortune…make a rational assessment of your situation with all its requirements and flaws…-adjust your expectations accordingly, and the stress will vanish…What tires you are your worries about the past and anxiety for the future. The undisciplined mind…too easily slips into the past and future, veering toward likes and dislikes that prevent you from staying focused on your present objectives.”

– Swamiji Parthasarathy

“A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.”

– Francoise Rene Auguste Chateaubriand

Has anyone ever told you that adversity is a gift? You will never meet a successful person who has not encountered it. Why? Because adversity is what moves us forward, forces us to change our mindset and brings us to the next level of success. Every successful person I know has encountered many setbacks on their journeys. In fact, setbacks breed wisdom and instill confidence as we learn to muddle through the challenges and seek out solutions. The amazing thing about adversity is the extent to which it carries with it a benefit. There is not one setback that you will encounter that does not come with a benefit and it is your job to discover what that benefit is. Expect setbacks and embrace their advantages. The deeper the setback, the greater the advantage that will accompany it in the long run.

-Victoria Colligan, Founder, Ladies Who Launch

It’s up to you to decide what paradise means to you.

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9 Responses to “Eternally Searching for Paradise?”

  1. Love these quotes.. a very inspiring post 🙂

  2. Thanks love!

  3. Sometimes I think there’s too much emphasis on striving to attain happiness – the journey of life isn’t always happy, and that makes us appreciate the happy moments all the more when they arrive! Some wonderful quotes – thanx for sharing them!!

  4. 4 snatshot

    “[Happiness is] a ghost, it’s a shadow. You can’t really chase it. It’s a by-product, a very pleasant side effect to a life lived well.”
    — Eric Weiner

    For some reason, your theme line made me think of Eric Weiner’s The Geography of Bliss, it’s a nice read (if you haven’t read it yet) is about exploring happiness from a sense of place.

    Cheers 😉

    Stephanie

  5. What I wouldn’t do to have my feet draped over the water like that right now. I may just have to print these out and make it a goal.

  6. 6 Fidel Hart

    Great quotes. Thank you for sharing those.
    Hope you’re new year is off to a great start!

  7. Your writing at the very beginning of this ‘Eternally Searching for Paradise?’ was so beautiful. That is so true.

  8. Thank you all for your wonderful comments, wishing you a happy new year!

  9. It is so true! No matter where we are going we might as well enjoy the ride. I love this!


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