Monday, August 20, 2018

Smile, It’s Monday: Your Weekly Wake-up Call to Become Your Greatest Fan

The only thing worse than being blind
is having sight but no vision.
--- Helen Keller

We complain our society doesn’t give us enough time to disengage, yet we are the ones who contribute to making society what it is.

We surround ourselves with people, possessions, tasks, television, electronic leashes that keep us perpetually in contact with others—anything to avoid ourselves. Then we wonder why our lives have gone in the wrong direction.

Developing a vision for what you want to create in your life and then following it is the only highway that leads to success. Learning how to comfortably spend time alone is the toll you pay to travel on it.

I often take walks alone in the early evening and watch the sunset. For me, the limitless colors above are the most sublime form of art that exists. I stand in awe of the unique canvas painted across the sky every evening.

The spaciousness above connects me with the spaciousness within. It helps me to put my life back into perspective.

How about you? How do you develop your self-relationship? Do you meditate? Take a yoga class? Lie in bed reading a book while intermittently pausing to reflect on your life?

This week, schedule some time out of your busy schedule to build the one relationship that is the basis of all of the others.

Anthony Silard is the president of The Center for Social Leadership, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC and the author of the Simon & Schuster book The Connection: Link Your Passion, Purpose, and Actions to Make a Difference in the World. To receive Smile, It's Monday every other week, enter your email here (1-step only). To support The Center for Social Leadership's Young Leaders Program for disadvantaged youth either directly or through purchases, click here.

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