Chase Ferrell

Laughing Loudly

In Uncategorized on October 3, 2015 at 8:58 am

I once read that by making yourself smile and/or laugh you actually lift your mood.  Whether it’s a genuine, real smile or a completely forced one, it doesn’t matter.  Whenever you smile it sends a message to your brain that says, “Hey!  I’m smiling, there must be something good going on.  Let’s party!”  Plus, it often makes you feel a little silly which normally causes you to laugh…at yourself! 🙂

I’m Buddhist and I love watching videos of the Dalai Lama, whether it’s an interview, or just a biography type documentary.  He is always smiling and laughing, and while watching the video I often find myself smiling as well.  His happiness just radiates and it’s incredibly contagious!  Don’t believe me, just click HERE!  You can also click HERE to check out a hilarious video of babies laughing!  There’s just something about watching people laugh that just cracks me up.  It’s also very rewarding to make someone else laugh.  I often tell little corny jokes throughout the day in order to brighten someones day, and it’s so much fun.

It seems I’m always challenging people to do something that makes their lives just a little bit happier so here you go:  I challenge you to find something to laugh about or smile about every day, preferably several times during the day.  Try smiling at someone in order to pass that smile onto them, which will inevitably move onto someone else.  You never know what someone is going through, and maybe they need a smile.  They are incredible gifts that are free to give so feel free to give as many away as possible!  You will definitely make someones day just a little bit better.

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Two Wolves

In Uncategorized on October 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm

A young boy was visiting his grandfather one day and he asked him to tell him a story.  The grandfather said, “There once was a story of two wolves.  One wolf was full of hatred, anger, greed and negative emotions.  The other wolf was full of happiness, love, acceptance, compassion and positive thoughts.  Every day the wolves would fight and fight.”  The grandfather paused and the boy finally looked at his grandfather and said, “Well, which one wins?”  The grandfather simply smiled and said, “Whichever one you feed.” 

I love this story and have heard it many times, but it never fails to put a smile on my face.  In our daily lives we must confront these two wolves and it is up to us to decide which one to feed.  Sometimes it’s easier to allow the one putting up the best fight to be the one that gets fed, but that’s not always the right thing to do.  There have been many moments in my life when it would be easier to allow hatred and anger to come over me, but I always try my best to choose love and acceptance instead.  It’s normally a lot more difficult to invoke these positive thoughts in a negative situation, but in the end it proves to be worth it.

So the next time you are faced with a challenging situation I encourage you to take a moment and think, “Which wolf will I choose to feed today?”

Disney World Karma

In Karma on March 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm

I recently went on a vacation to Disney World and while I was there I gained a new perspective on karma. Yes, karma affects us all, but most times we don’t even realize it. One good deed done may take years or maybe lifetimes to be repaid, but others may take only hours.

I was standing in line at a store in the theme park buying a few items for family back home and the lady in front of me was a few cents short for her total. I stepped up, smiled and offered her a dime which covered the rest of her expenses. Now, I did not do this to receive thanks, an award or money in return, but I simply did it in order to help someone else. I left the store and continued with my day. This is where good karma comes in.

At one point, later that night, I was in the shoes of the elderly lady I had helped earlier. Standing in line I realized I was about a quarter short for a t-shirt I wanted to buy. A kind gentleman and his wife were standing behind me and he graciously offered me a quarter. I thanked him, grabbed my bag and left the store.

The moral of the story here is that a good action done merits a good action received. You also have to keep in mind that sometimes the reason for an act is more important than the act itself. If I had offered the lady a dime because I wanted praise from her it would have been the wrong reason. Therefore, I would have been better off to not have offered her money at all. It’s better to receive no karma than negative or sour karma.

I challenge you to focus on karma this week. For every action you do and every word you say I want you to think about how it will affect those around you, whether directly or indirectly. Offering that lady a dime may have caused her to do the same for someone else later that day, therefore, causing my action to indirectly affect another person. This theory could continue on down the rabbit hole and get deeper so I’ll stop here 🙂 But I do ask you to focus on gathering positive karma throughout this week.

QUESTION:

When was the last time you did something kind for the sole purpose of doing it?