23 July 2010

Happiness is a Choice

It is my belief that one of the most important things in life is to be true to oneself, to be authentic. Success means one thing to one person and something entirely different to another. We all have our own definition of success, and it cannot be defined. Some seek to attain riches or financial freedom while others are deeply satisfied in the purest form of creativity and create art for art's sake with no motives for any monetary gain in mind. Others, like me, are somewhere in between.

It would be nice to be financially successful doing what I love doing. I remain hopeful, I know it can happen. For me being successful also means making a positive difference in the lives of others. And I mean that sincerely. It would be wonderful to be wealthy with the ability to do whatever I wish to do, to help my family and friends and all those in need for there are so many, and to have whatever I want, (I would love to own lots of land and upgrade my camera and equipment :))) . . yet I remain grateful for everything I do have at this time. I love to dream. I dream in colour. I paint with light and pixels. As spiritual beings existing in human form we are actually quite powerful and we have the ability to create our own reality so I dream of what I wish for every single day in hopes of manifesting it.

This is my philosophy on success and happiness . . . 

  • Always be true to your self.
  • Whatever it is that you love, focus on it.
  • Try not to be distracted or influenced by negative energy.
  • Never worry or concern yourself about what someone else thinks or whether someone else likes your art or likes you.
  • If you love your work then that is ultimately what is most important for you.
  • Ultimately art is subjective and as individuals it is created for ourselves.
  • Art manifests itself in many forms.
  • Art is an outward expression of our inner creative vision.
  • We are all unique individuals with our own personal style and tastes, our own beliefs, our own individual set of values and opinions. And when we meet or encounter someone in life along the way who resonates with our energy and loves our work, well, it is validating and satisfying and rewarding in the most fundamental ways.
  • Being accepted socially is a basic human need. We all want to be liked and loved. We all enjoy attention and we all want to be listened to and heard and understood.
  • I read somewhere once that it is quite possible to listen a person's soul into existence. And it is true. This is why when someone is speaking to or communicating with us it is important to turn off the internal dialogue and really listen, to open our hearts, to modify our internal automated responses which are based on and driven by our childhood and life conditioning.
  • It is important to remain objective and step outside the realm of our own existence, to silence the Ego, and really ...... listen. 
  • Always be respectful of others, especially when there are differences of opinions. 
  • Always focus on good things, on remaining positive and hopeful, and on being who you are, working always to hone your skills and improve your techniques and master your craft, to be the very best you can possibly be in whatever field you choose, in whatever endeavor, with whatever tools you use as well as the medium with which you choose to create and project and express your creative vision. Never take anything for granted and never make assumptions. This one point alone helps to avoid many misunderstandings. 
  • Always try and remain humble and grateful, even when you don't have enough of whatever it is you need. Ask for what it is you really want. I am always amazed with the power of simply asking. 
  • Say what you mean and always be trustworthy. People will respect you when they know they can trust you. 
  • Everyone has their own opinion based on their own life experiences. 
  • Do not internalize another person's opinion or negativity, even if it is directed toward you.
  • Love begets Love
  • Like attracts Like
  • Act, don't react.
  • We are all human and none of us are perfect.
  • That which we focus on we give power to. 
  • We have the power to create our own happiness.
  • Focus on what you love.
  • Always be kind and compassionate toward others.
  • Happiness is a Choice.

These things I believe are among the keys to success.

Aloha kaua translates to Aloha to you and to me
I wish you all every happiness and tremendous success as I wish the same for me :)))))))

Copyright © 2010-2018 by Sharon Mau 

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