The last few years, I haven’t looked forward to Christmas like I used to. From age three until thirty, my life pretty much peaked at Christmas. Sure, I had fun year-round, but no day or period was as filled with hope and excitement as was Christmas.
It is not that I am somehow against Christmas. As a Christian, I value Christmas for reasons that go beyond simply enjoying a holiday. It is just that the general excitement and hope I used to mainly feel at Christmas, I now feel pretty much all the time. Yes, I have bad days like most guys, but when you cultivate thoughts and actions that lead to increased popularity, waking up every single day is a joy. And why wouldn’t it be great? Friends. Attention. Success at work. Opportunities. Those are great reasons to get up in the morning!
There are multiple ways you can approach any day. Present Moment, Wonderful Moment by Thich Nhat Hanh includes some gathas or short aspirations/prayers. One particular one, that I use, explains what a popular man feels each morning:
Waking up this morning, I smile.
Twenty four brand new hours are before me.
I vow to live fully in each moment
and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion
When you are outgoing, excellent, fun, relaxed, and detached, the world (including work) is filled with nearly endless possibilities, rather than being a source of fear and sadness.
This website, and our upcoming book, published by Theta Hill Press (stay tuned!) provide you the means to be popular, and show you how to take advantage of the benefits of being popular. When you have friends and opportunities, all days are like Christmas! So, Happy February 17th! Happy April 10th! Happy June 6th! They’re all good and worth looking forward to!