On my way to work the other day I listened to a wonderful interview by Darren Hardy (publisher of Success Magazine) and Dr. Wayne Dyer. During this interview Dr. Wayne Dyer spoke of creating your own happiness and your own success, and referenced a wonderful quote by Henry David Thoreau – “If one advances confidently in the direction of one’s dreams, and endeavors to live the life which one has imagined, one will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Mr. Dyer went on to explain that it is our thoughts and our imaginations that create our success and happiness. If we can imagine the life we want to live and advance confidently in that direction, success and happiness will naturally follow. This lesson is also found in a wonderful story shared by Mr. Dyer in this interview:
To it the kitten replied, “I’ve been attending cat philosophy school and I have learned that the most important thing for a cat is happiness, and that happiness is located in my tail. Therefore, I am chasing it: and when I catch it, I shall have happiness forever.”
Laughing, the wise old cat replied, “My son, I wasn’t lucky enough to go to cat philosophy school, but as I’ve gone through life, I too have realized that the most important thing for a cat is happiness, and indeed that it is located in my tail. The difference I’ve found though is that whenever I chase after it, it keeps running away from me, but when I go about my business and live my life, it just seems to follow after me wherever I go.”
Take a moment to imagine the life that would bring you a sense of success and happiness. Hold that picture in your mind and soon you will find that you don’t need to chase after success and happiness, because as you live the life that you’ve imagined for yourself, those things will follow close behind.
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