Monday Motivation: The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down


Good Morning. It is Monday. I hope you had a weekend filled with the things that bring you joy. Each day, if you really open your eyes, you will experience miracles. Life is full of thousands of tiny miracles. All you need to do is notice them 😊!

This past weekend I pulled a book off my shelf entitled, The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down, by Haemin Sunim. I began to skim Chapter 6, the chapter entitled Life. One of the excerpts, Three Liberating Insights, was especially poignant for me and I decided to share it with all of you as my Monday Motivation:

Three Liberating Insights

The Things You Can Only See When You Slow Down, Haemin Sunim

(Chapter 6 – pp 185 – 187)

“One spring day as I turned thirty; I looked into my mind and realized three things. The moment I realized them; I knew what I needed to do to be happy.

  • First, people are not as interested in me as I had always believed. I cannot remember what my friend was wearing when I saw her a week ago. Or how her makeup was or what her hair was like. If I cannot remember, then why would she remember the similar things about me? Although we do think about others from time to time, it is rarely for more than a few minutes. When we are done thinking about other people, our mind reverts back to what immediately concerns us. Why should we spend so many hours of our life wondering how we appear to others?

  • Second, not everyone has to like me. After all, I do not like everyone. Certainly, for all of us there are politicians, coworkers, clients and family members we simply cannot stand. So then, why should everyone like me? There is no need to torment yourself because someone does not like you. Accept it as a fact of life; you cannot control how others feel about you. If someone does not like you, let them have their opinion and move on.

  • Third, if we are brutally honest with ourselves, most things we do for others are in fact, for ourselves. We pray for the well-being of our family, because we want them to be around. We sacrifice for our children in the hopes that they grow up the way we want. Unless we are enlightened like Buddha or Jesus, it is difficult to abandon our deep-rooted preoccupation with ourselves. Stop worrying about what others think and do what your heart wishes. Do not crowd your mind with “what-ifs” Uncomplicate your life and own up to your desires. Only when you are happy can you help to make the world a happier place” (Haemin Sunim).

I hope Haemin’s insights provide you with liberation that releases you from the worry that can cloud your mind and heart when you spend too much time ruminating on those things that are outside of your circle of control.

Be You; Everyone Else is Taken! Have a Great Day; Have a Great Week!

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