Daily Prompt – The little things

That little thing that can make you laugh or cry.

It can make your heart skip a beat, fluttering around in your chest like a butterfly struggling to break free from it’s cocoon, or leave a dark and agonizing hole.

It can make you feel that you possess the power to move mountains or it can leave you feeling like you can’t take another breath.

It can turn you into a dreamer or shock you back to reality.

It can turn your insides to warm fuzzy marshmallows or leave you shaking in cold sweat on a summer’s day.

It’s what makes my world go round! It is love!

Daily Prompt. The Little Things – Describe a little thing — one of the things you love that define you worlds but is often overlooked

For me, the world is nothing without love. Not only love in the sense of affection towards another person, but a love for everything.

Without love we are nothing!

If I had 10 million in the bank, a villa on the coast of Spain, an Aston Martin Vantage in the garage and a 1967 Shelby in the driveway, it would mean nothing to me if I had no love.

What use are all those things if you have no-one to wrap you up in love on a rainy winter night?

What use are spring blossoms on a sunny day if we can not smell and love the little flowers?

What use are food and wine if we can not savor every morsel with love?

I guess I can be classified as a hippie. Love makes my world go round, it gives me a reason to wake up every day, to start fresh and appreciate all I have.

I leave you with two excerpts. The first is from 1 Corinthians 13, the best description of love ever, and the second from The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino.

May you have a warm and fuzzy weekend filled with love!

1 Corinthians 13
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

The Greatest Salesman in the World – Scroll 2
I will greet this day with love in my heart.

And how will I do this? Henceforth will I look on all things with love and I will be born again. I will love the sun for it warms my bones; yet I will love the rain for it cleanses my spirit. I will love the light for it shows me the way; yet I will love the darkness for it shows me the stars. I will welcome happiness for it enlarges my heart; yet I will endure sadness for it opens my soul. I will acknowledge rewards for they are my due; yet I will welcome obstacles for they are my challenge.

I will greet this day with love in my heart.

Daily Prompt – Second Time Around

I found today’s Daily Prompt an easy one:  Tell us about a book you can read again and again without getting bored — what is it that speaks to you?

I first read The Greatest Salesman in the World by Og Mandino as compulsory reading during sales training.  Although the story is based on a salesman, I have found the principles applicable to all walks of life.

It works on the basis that you read each one of the scrolls for a period of 30 days, 3 times per day, before moving on to the next.  This way the scroll becomes a part of your subconscious mind and habits.  Only by performing good habits continually can we move forward and grow.  I am yet to find someone who did not find this book useful and there is at the very least one scroll which will be applicable to your life.

The Scroll which most spoke to me was Number 4.  Here it is:

“I am nature’s greatest miracle

Since the beginning of time never has there been another with my mind, my heart,
my eyes, my ears, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that
live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think
exactly like me. All men are my brothers yet I am different from each. I am a unique
creature.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Although I am of the animal kingdom, animal rewards alone will not satisfy me.
Within me burns a flame, which has been passed from generations uncounted, and its
heat is a constant irritation to my spirit to become better than I am, and I will. I will
fan this flame of dissatisfaction and proclaim my uniqueness to the world.

None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can duplicate my chisel marks, none can
duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child, and, in truth, none has the
ability to sell exactly as I. Henceforth, I will capitalize on this difference for it is an
asset to be promoted to the fullest.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

Vain attempts to imitate others no longer will I make. Instead I will place my
uniqueness on display in the market place. I will proclaim it, yea, I will sell it. I will
begin now to accent my differences; hide my similarities. So too will I apply this
principle to the goods I sell. Salesman and goods, different from all others, and proud
of the differences.

I am a unique creature of nature.

I am rare, and there is value in all rarity; therefore, I am valuable. I am the end product of thousands of years of evolution; therefore, I am better equipped in both mind and body than all the emperors and wise men who preceded me. But my skills, my mind, my heart, and my body will stagnate, rot, and die lest I put them to good use. I have unlimited potential. Only a small portion of my brain do I employ; only a paltry amount of muscles do I flex. A hundredfold or more can I increase my accomplishments of yesterday and this I will do, beginning today. 

Nevermore will I be satisfied with yesterday’s accomplishments nor will I indulge,
anymore, in self-praise for deeds which in reality are too small to even acknowledge.
I can accomplish far more than I have, and I will, for why should the miracle which
produced me end with my birth? Why can I not extend that miracle to my deeds of
today?

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

I am not on this earth by chance. I am here for a purpose and that purpose is to grow
into a mountain, not to shrink to a grain of sand. Henceforth will I apply all my
efforts to become the highest mountain of all and I will strain my potential until it
cries for mercy.

I will increase my knowledge of mankind, myself, and the goods I sell, thus my sales
will multiply. I will practice, and improve, and polish the words I utter to sell my
goods, for this is the formulation on which I will build my career and never will I
forget that many have attained great wealth and success with only one sales talk,
delivered with excellence. Also will I seek constantly to improve my manners and
graces, for they are the sugar to which all are attracted.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

I will concentrate my energy on the challenge of the moment and my actions will
help me forget all else. The problems of my home will be left in my home. I will
think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this will cloud my
thoughts. So too will the problems of the market place be left in the market place and
I will think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this will dampen my
love.

There is no room in the market place for my family, nor is there room in my home
for the market. Each I will divorce from the other and thus will I remain wedded to
both. Separate must they remain or my career will die. This is the paradox of the
ages.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

I have been given eyes to see and a mind to think and now I know a great secret of
life for I perceive, at last, that all my problems, discouragements, and heartaches are,
in truth, great opportunities in disguise. I will no longer be fooled by the garments
they wear for mine eyes are open. I will look beyond the cloth and I will not be
deceived.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

No beast, no plant, no wind, no rain, no rock, no lake had the same beginning as I,
for I was conceived in love and brought forth with a purpose. In the past I have not
considered this fact but it will henceforth shape and guide my life.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.

And nature knows not defeat. Eventually, she emerges victorious and so will I, and
with each victory the next struggle becomes less difficult.

I will win, and I will become a great salesman, for I am unique.

I am nature’s greatest miracle.”

Beautiful is it not?  Do yourself a favor and get yourself a copy of this book.  It is guaranteed to have an impact on your life!