So that’s what I want to reflect on today – quick reminders about the things life is just too short not to appreciate…
1. A peaceful, mindful present.
– The best way to prepare for the future is to take care of the present. Goodbyes will always hurt a little. Photographs can never replace the act of being there. Memories, good and bad, will sometimes
bring tears. And words can never perfectly describe the feelings they represent. But that’s OK. Pain is real. But so is hope. You have to make peace with your past in order to keep your present and future from becoming hopeless battles.
2. The good in everything. –
The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.
Train your mind to see the good in everything. Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the breeze through the trees, the small child learning to walk, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the sun on your skin. Live your life to the
fullest potential, and fight for the beauty of each precious moment.
3. Life’s surprises. –
Notice and cherish life’s surprises. Just
because it’s not what you were expecting, doesn’t mean it’s not everything you’ve been waiting for. So take a deep breath when you’re rejected from something good. It often means you’re being redirected to something better. Be patient. Be positive.
4. The challenges that strengthen you. –
Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in life. If we were to go through
our life without any obstacles, we would be crippled. We would not be as strong as what we could have been otherwise. So give every opportunity a chance – leave no room for regrets. It takes courage to change and grow and become who you really are. Your struggle is part of your story. And it’s a story worth writing.
5. Being YOU. –
You’re an original, an individual, a
masterpiece. Celebrate it! Don’t let your uniqueness make you shy. Don’t be someone other than the wonder you are.
Everyone has their own dreams, their own struggles, and a different path that makes sense for them. You are YOU for a
reason. Own it.
6. The gifts that are only yours. –
Even when the competition seems fierce, realize that you are only ever competing
against yourself. When you catch yourself comparing yourself to a colleague, neighbor, friend, or famous
personality, stop! There’s no need. You are different, with different strengths – strengths these other people don’t
possess. Take a moment to reflect on all the astounding abilities you have and to be grateful for the gifts that are only yours.
7. Ideas and activities that excite you. –
Never give up on something that you can’t go a day without thinking about.
When you truly believe in what you’re doing, it shows, and it pays. Success in life is for those who are excited about
where they’re going. So find something that you love – something that gets you so excited you can’t wait to get out
of bed in the morning. That’s what life is all about. You deserve to be happy. You deserve to live a life you are excited about . Don’t let anyone or anything make you forget that.
8. The simple things. –
It’s the simple things in life that are the
most extraordinary. I believe this to be true and have experienced this with my own family. When I think of the
times where we laughed the most or had the most fun, it was when we were doing simple, everyday things like swimming in a pool, taking a long walk, combing a beach for shells, playing a board game, or sharing a delicious meal.
9. The excitement and freedom of vulnerability. –
Being vulnerable is helpful to both ourselves and others. It makes us bigger in the world – the more open we are, the more there is of us out there. So open up. Allow yourself to feel, to be real and authentic. Tear down any emotional brick walls you have built around yourself and feel every exquisite
emotion, both good and bad. This is life. This is how you welcome new opportunities.
10. Inner beauty. –
As if you were on fire from within, your
magnificence lives in the lining of your skin. In other words, beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart and
soul. Everything will line up perfectly when knowing and living the truth of who you are on the inside becomes more
important than looking good on the outside.
11. Giving without expecting anything in return. –
As a child, I always thought the expression, “It’s better to give than to
receive” was trite and silly. As an adult, I recognize the expression’s value. Having the capacity to give means you possess a mindset of abundance. Having the will to give means you want to make a difference in the world. Having the desire to give means you care. And nothing is more powerful than that.
12. The feeling of doing the right thing. –
There is plenty of good in this world and it’s worth paying attention to and fighting for. So always seek and do what is right, not what is easy. BE the change you want to see.
13. The act of loving. –
Love is a lifestyle. Let love win. Love
fearlessly and without limits. No act of love or kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Love never loses in the
long run. Where you invest your love, you invest your life.
14. Everyone around you for being who they are. –
If you judge people, you have no time to love them. So pay close attention, and respect people for who they are and not for who you want them to be. Loving and respecting others means allowing them to be themselves, whether you choose
to be a part of their life or not.