Just when you think you have it figured out, the world shifts in an entirely different direction and the unexpected happens. Sometimes our way of thinking puts limitations on us that prevents us from dreaming big or seeing the possibilities we block because we are our own worst obstacle. Today, remember to be open to all things. You have no idea what is just around the corner. Expect something amazing. Get comfortable waiting for something wonderful. Even on the cloudiest day, the sun is still there shining just waiting for the wind to blow in just the right direction. Get your sunglasses out! It’s coming. Be ready!
How many times a week do you make time to do something you love? We forget that we actually do have control of our time and sometimes we make poor choices when it comes to how we spend it. When I was younger, I absolutely loved country dancing. I have spent years reminiscing and missing all those fun nights. Last night I made the decision to go back and I felt so comfortable on that dance floor. I was in my element doing something that makes my heart and mind really happy. This is my reminder to make it a plan to do something you love. I promise you will thank yourself after because our time is limited. Be happy. Simply make up your mind and it will happen. Have a great day!
Today is a special day. I am filled with gratitude that I am blessed enough to celebrate 47 years of life. Not long ago my mom asked, what are you doing about your wrinkles and I smiled and said, absolutely nothing. So many people I know haven’t lived long enough to even experience a wrinkle. Today, as I look in the mirror I am filled with love and gratitude for the amount of living that have contributed to each line. Each year I live better and my priorities have come into focus. I am greedy with my time and I do my best to use it on the people and things that I love. I’ve learned to obsess about those things. I focus on the things I have and spend more time feeling grateful than anything else. The rest doesn’t matter. I use my feet to walk by people and situations that rob me of the limited energy I have and I don’t ever look back. I am focused and excited for what lies ahead. I really do believe the best is yet to come because my mind and my heart are in such an amazing place. As I reflect on this past year, the word that comes to mind is happy. I have made living intentionally my purpose and my life has changed and improved in ways I have no words to even explain. There’s a favorite song of mine that has these words. I believe that days go slow and years go fast and every breaths a gift, the first one to the last… I don’t feel sad for the time that has disappeared but rather grateful for each day I get to wake up and live all over again. When you know better, you live better, you love better and you stop taking yourself and life so seriously. Today reflect on who you are in this moment and love yourself unconditionally. Your life is a celebration. Embrace this day and make up your mind to live it passionately. The secret to life is your attitude backed by a ton of gratitude. Party on.
Have you practiced gratitude today? It sounds kind of funny to think of gratitude as something we have to practice but if you’re like me, there have been plenty of times in your life that feeling miserable, cranky and negative have been the norm. The truth is we don’t have to feel that way. With some mindful effort, we can actually train our brain to give out more positive thoughts. The more positive our thinking becomes, the happier we feel and sooner or later it will just be something that happens naturally. When you learn to ignore the people and situations that make you feel bad, you allow the people and situations that make you feel good fill you up and then your life will change. Why not give it a try? What are you grateful for today?
I was walking into the gym as a mom and her son were walking out. “Want to watch me run up the hill mama?” The Mom shook her head no and told him they had to hurry home. I wanted to sit the mom down and look her in eyes and tell her how fast the next few years would fly by. I wanted to tell her the disappointment she would feel 14 years from now when she had to beg her son just to stay in the same room with her for more than five minutes.
This is a reminder that today will be gone before you even get in a full inhale and exhale. Make time for the little things in your life right now because a week from now, a year and especially ten years from now you will wish you made more time for the things and especially people who matter more than anything else. Love your life, love yourself and love the hell out of your family. Take the extra minute to watch your children play. Watch their face light up every time you say yes to making them feel loved and important. Don’t miss your life…not a single second of it. Every moment is a gift. Take it in, bottle it up and be grateful for all you have.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
This has been my go to meditation when life throws something at me that just doesn’t make any sense. When I am sure the result should be one way yet am forced to accept and deal with another, I repeat these words with one simple addition to the last line. Allow me the wisdom and humility to know the difference. Character is exposed when a story ends a way we don’t desire. How we react to life being out of our control is one of the greatest challenges we ever face.
How do you respond to adversity?
When do you accept that your plan isn’t the only plan?
When do you acknowledge that you really don’t have all the answers?
Sometimes we get to the point where it is time to stop fighting and surrender to what is. It is in that moment where we find a deeper sense of peace and discover that serenity really does exist.
I didn’t fully grasp that life was unfair until I became an adult. I grew up dreaming of being a princess. It didn’t take me long to discover that fairytales were only in books. The boy didn’t always get the girl, things didn’t always always work out the way we wanted in the end and we rarely get the things we tell ourselves we deserve. Sometimes we have to settle. We have to find a way to be happy and grateful even when Gods plan turns out different than our own. We need to stop fighting what is and challenge ourselves to find gratitude in the times we feel our greatest struggle. We need to accept that perfect just doesn’t exist in an imperfect world. We have to stop believing we are entitled to everything we want especially when we are still unsatisfied after all we get. We think it’s all about me, me, me but the world is so much bigger than the small space in which we live. How do we start to flow in the direction that life is taking us? How do we trust that we will be okay in the end that is so different from the one we planned? Maybe that is part of our purpose, to stop fighting and start flowing. It’s exhausting living a life where we are constantly going against the current. Life isn’t meant to hard. Sometimes we make it that way. We were born to lean in, extend a hand and make the best of what we are blessed enough to have. The question is, how many of us are living that way?
How amazing is it that you were given this beautiful opportunity to live another day? Make a mental list of three things you feel grateful for right now in this moment and fall into that feeling. Let joy and appreciation guide your every step. Make up your mind to have a great day and do something small that makes someone else’s day great too!
It’s hard to feel any joy when we become obsessed with how far we still have to go. Sometimes we need to take a deep breath and celebrate how far we have already come. Is the glass half full or half empty? I guess it depends on how you look at it. Perspective is everything. It’s a game changer.
Have you ever thought you were over something just to have it kidnap you in the middle of the night? Pain, anger, resentment are just a few challenges that are hard to shake. It’s hard to admit you still have some work to do to experience the necessary healing that would end the process of letting go. You spend years making progress only to be stuck right there at the end. So how do you leap off the edge in order to experience the real joy of moving on?
If you are holding onto something, acknowledge it. Admit that it is holding you back and at least set the intention to complete the process. Tell that stubborn side of you that forgiveness is necessary for your own well being and the whole world will be better when you make that choice. It won’t be easy and you will take a few steps forward and some major ones back. Just keep moving until you get there. You can do it.