Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world.
-- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

 

   

The MONTHLY Motivator - June 2004

Invest your life

You probably have a good idea about where your money is invested. Do you have an equal awareness of how your life is being invested?

In the same way that a good financial investment will build your material wealth, the way you invest your life can make an enormous difference in the life that you experience. Every time you make an intentional, purposeful, positive investment of your life, it will pay rich dividends for a long time.

How do you invest your life? You invest your life by the way you live it. Every moment, you’re investing your life in one way or another. Though the days pass by quickly, they always stay with you in a very real way, based on how you live them. You have the opportunity, right now, to live in such a way that you’ll make your world a more beautiful and valuable place for years and years to come. Right now, by the way you live this moment, you are making an investment in your own life and in your world. When you keep that in mind, and resolve to make it the best possible investment, you, and those around you, will be richly rewarded.

So what are some of the ways you can positively invest your life? The possibilities are limited only by your imagination. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Invest in creativity

Every situation is an opportunity to create something new and valuable. We tend to associate creativity with the fine arts, yet creativity is so much more than artistic creativity. There are ways to be positively and valuably creative in all areas of life.

Anyone, anywhere can be creative. It’s just a matter of opening the mind, stepping outside the comfortable box of your limitations, then putting into form and action the original thoughts which come to you.

You are a unique person. There is no one else exactly like you anywhere. Stop for a moment and think about what that means. Think about the enormous opportunity it provides you. You can express yourself, and express the beauty of life, in ways that are completely new and original.

Creativity does not get used up. In fact, the more you exercise your creativity, the more you have of it. Creativity feeds upon itself. What may at first seem like a small, insignificant idea, can grow into something substantial when you let the creativity continue to flow.

A magnificent painting begins with a single brush stroke, creatively applied. One creative act leads to another, and soon you have a masterpiece. We often imagine creativity as being on a grand scale, and yet it is in the grainy texture of life that true creativity occurs.


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—Ralph Marston