One evening, a five-year old boy went to his father, gave him a BIG hug and then whispered in his ear: "Daddy, we don't spend enough time together."
The father, who loved his son so dearly, knew in his heart that he was right and replied: "You're right son, and I'm so sorry! But I promise that I'll make it up to you! Look... Since tomorrow is Saturday, why don't we spend the entire day together? Just you and me!"
They agreed together on this plan and the little boy couldn't be more happy. He went to bed that night with a big smile on his face, excited for the next day.
The next morning, the father woke up earlier than usual. He just wanted to make sure that he could still enjoy his cup of coffee with his morning newspaper, before his son awoke.
Lost in thought while reading the business section, he was caught by surprise when suddenly his son pulled the newspaper down and enthusiastically shouted: "Daddy, I'm up! Let's play!"
The father, although excited to see his son and eager to spend the day together, found himself craving for just a little bit more time, so he could finish his morning routine.
He grabbed his son, gave him a HUGE hug and then quickly came up with an idea.
Earlier in his reading, he saw a full-page ad with a picture of the world as seen from space. He quickly found it, tore it up into little pieces, and spread them out on the table.
He found some tape for his son and said, “I want to see how fast you can put this puzzle together!”
The boy enthusiastically dove right in, while his father went back to reading the newspaper.
In a surprisingly short period of time, within just a few minutes, the boy had taped the picture back together. The father was astonished. He couldn't believe it, so he asked his son, "How on earth did you do that so fast?”
The young boy replied, "It was easy, Dad! I couldn’t do it at first and I started to give up because it was so hard. But then I saw that there was a picture of a man on the other side. And when I put the man together, the world just fell into place.”
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Success and Happiness Always Start Within You
I first heard a shorter version of this story while listening to an audio program by Earl Nightingale, called “Lead the Field.” To give credit where it’s due, the version outlined above comes from an outstanding book called “The ONE Thing,” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.
This story strikes me every time I read it. The moral of the story is that success and happiness always start within you.
So many times we blame our external circumstances for the troubles in our life. We blame our parents, we blame the government, we blame the economy, we blame the weather, we blame our boss, our co-workers, and the list can go on and on...
But remember that the highest form of human maturity is accepting 100% complete responsibility for your life, for everything you do, and for everything that happens to you.
Refuse to blame other people, or your circumstances for your problems or shortcomings in life. Refuse to criticize or judge others for anything.
Stop complaining about things in your life that you're not happy about.
If there's something in your life you don't like, it's up to you to change it. YOU are the only one responsible for everything that happens in your life.
Because, to be honest with you... the universe doesn’t care what you think of it, whether you like it or not. It will continue to do its thing with you or without you. So acknowledge the fact that you can't change your circumstances. But what you CAN do, is you can change yourself. This is one thing you have full charge of.
As a philosopher once said, "The aim of every person is to make the world within a place where he likes to go."
The aim of every person is to make the world within a place where he likes to go.
And let me tell you: there is GREATNESS inside of you waiting to be unleashed! Go work on that, because all success and happiness starts within you.
Put yourself together and your world will fall into place.
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