06 Oct Stopping to Be Happy | Oct 2017
Stopping to Be Happy
Birds are experts at stopping.
Even the most active birds, such as this Black-capped Chickadee, will stop.
So what do birds do when they stop?
And they do nothing, which for a bird is really nothing.
There’s a message here for us: We need to practice stopping.
Because life is not a hamster-wheel contest that you win by running faster.
Instead, life is an experience. More so, it’s an experience that reflects your choices.
So true success comes from making good choices every day.
By the way, humans are designed to make good choices based on compassion for all. That’s because good choices are essential for survival: Happy people perform better, live longer, and contribute more to the future of humanity.
The point is: You will make better choices when you: a) Rest, b) Consider consequences, and c) Act for the greatest good.
In contrast, you will make terrible choices when you rush, act frightened, or feel desperate.
And that is why this matters.
When you stop, you can reflect. Then you can review and prioritize your options.
So try stopping.
For example, you might take a second to focus. Or stop for a minute to rest. Or stop for an hour to read.
You’ll find that this helps you feel better about your day.
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Did You Know?
The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.
Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.
Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.
Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation