Make The Best of Your Life

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I recently found out that a woman I used to live nearby many years ago passed away. We had lost regular touch when I relocated to another state, so I hadn’t seen her in a while.

I do remember when she was diagnosed with brain cancer, and her survival of the surgery to remove it. She didn’t walk around focused on dying but became more focused on living.

She lived way beyond her expected chances, and got her wish to see her infant son grow up. She had a passion for her family, and her precious life, and made the rest of her time on earth, the best of her life.

She was a great example of how not to take any day for granted, and live each day to the fullest. With that in mind, below is a lovely reminder of how to live today.

 Today Is the Very First Day of the Rest of Your Life

This is the beginning of a new day.
I have been given this day
to use as I WILL.
I can waste it…
or use it for good,
But what I do today is important,
Because I am exchanging
a day of my life for it!
When tomorrow comes,
this day will be gone forever,
Leaving in its place
something that I have traded for it.
I want it to be gain,
and not loss;
Good and not evil;
success and not failure;
In order that I shall not regret
the price I have paid for it.
I will try just for today,
for you never fail until you stop trying.

       ~Author Unknown

 

Action Step:

Enjoy the video below.

 

Find Your Place of Serenity

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Something about the ocean is undeniably beautiful, powerful, and spiritual. Certainly, the same can be said for the mountains, lakes and streams, which all elicit an equivalent awe and wonder of nature. It is rejuvenating for the mind, body and spirit, to spend time in our natural surroundings, for which there is so much beauty to choose from. There are numerous ways to peacefully connect with our external environment, and experience its serene effect on our internal environment as well.

By taking outdoor walks, watching a beautiful sunset, or gazing at the evening stars, we witness the amazing choreography of our environment, and are reminded how amazing the healing power of nature can be. When we allow ourselves this time to reflect and catch our breath, we avail ourselves of the transformative power and growth which occur during the quiet moments in life.

In doing so, we become more focused on possibilities, and what is right in our world, rather than choosing to focus on what may not be working. We become grateful and aware of our precious time, and look to create more balance in our schedules.

Unfortunately, the busyness of our lives can pull us away from noticing the lovely settings which surround us, and allow them to fade into the background of our lives. This lack of awareness and connection can prevent us from the serenity we long to experience within us. We frequently allow our tranquility to become disturbed by experiencing an overwhelming amount of sensory overload, such as:

  1. Noisy television
  2. Overbooked schedules
  3. Excessive connection with social media

The more we make room in our lives for stillness and serenity by reducing the noise level around us, the more we are able to ‘hear’ the messages from our inner selves. Typically, it is only during our annual vacations that we allow ourselves the time to reconnect with the delights of our exterior world, and give consideration to our interior world as well.

It is only then that we delegate more of our time to relaxation, and connecting with the peacefulness and silence of nature. Likewise, we often spend a great deal of time and effort planning our trips, but we can begin devoting a similar commitment to our daily mental health during the rest of the year also.

There are unlimited ways to create our day, and a variety of choices in how we spend our valuable time. One thing is for sure, that peace, and serenity are essential to our well-being, and is certainly worth our attention.

One cannot underestimate the importance of introspection in our daily lives, as it has a profound impact on the way we think, act, and operate in our relationships. Therefore, it is never too late to begin nurturing the serenity within us, which is undeniably beautiful, powerful, and spiritual like nature itself.

Action Step:

Pay extra attention to your surroundings today by taking a walk outdoors, watching a beautiful sunset, or gazing at the evening stars.

Enjoy the Good Life

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Many of us love finding, and sharing great recipes.

This is especially true for those that contain extremely nourishing ingredients, and offer such delicious results, when the directions are followed as instructed.

Therefore, I’m passing along the delightful treat above for savoring today, and all through the year!

Enjoy!

 

Keep Acquiring Knowledge

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When I was a little girl, there was a word of the day section listed in our local newspaper. As a way of learning something new each day, my dad would quiz me about a given word, and make sure I understood its meaning. At the time, given my age, I would have rather spent all my time playing outside with the neighbor kids. However, I made sure to find the daily word before he would ask me about it because I wanted, and needed to be prepared.

Ironically, there is an uplifting publication called, “The Daily Word” which I read each day too which is filled with wonderful thoughts to meditate on, and expands awareness.

Who knows if those early days of word testing didn’t ignite my love of writing or the reason I love the game of scrabble or enjoy learning today?  We often hear that ‘knowledge is power,’ and expanding my vocabulary has been a wonderful advantage to me during my schooling years, and to this day.

The memory of that word game is a reminder to keep on learning in all areas of life, and not just recycle the same information.

What positive memories or practices did you get introduced to early in life that has shaped who you are today?

Action Step:

Keep the door open to your mind, and fill it with something fresh and new.

 

Don’t Rush It

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Recently, we took a few days away from our schedules, and went to the beach. During that time we weren’t rushing around or making tons of plans. We took one day at a time, and just relaxed. During those days of relaxation, it really brought awareness to all the rushing around we normally do in our regular routine.

The question that continues to come up these days is “What’s the rush?”

This has become an especially significant question as I contemplate a conversation we had with someone we met on vacation. She shared her experience of rushing around all her life in order to get to her retirement years, so she and her husband could finally relax.

Unfortunately, her husband passed away before they reached retirement, and now she is a widow which wasn’t part of her plans. She is now in the longed for time in her life but misses her husband terribly. Had she known it was going to be this way, she would have savored her days with him more during their time together, and not tried to rush her life along to the next stage.

It was a sobering conversation, and good reminder to not rush through our days but to relish them. It is great to have future goals, and plans but equally important to enjoy the trip along the way, with the people we value most.

Acton Step:

If you find yourself rushing around, and pining for a future time in your life, take a deep breath, and embrace this moment.

Celebrate Your Blessings

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Getting together with loved ones to celebrate birthdays, and other festive occasions is a wonderful gift to the soul. It often does more for our mental, emotional and spiritual state then many of the medical solutions available. The laughter, connection, and love are a healing combination on every level.

Recently, a friend threw a party for me, and the chemistry of all the guests who attended was perfect. I felt very blessed to be gifted with this wonderful get-together, and to see all the thoughtful effort that was put into making the event very special.

I was once again reminded how exceptionally wonderful our relationships can be, and how much there is to be thankful for in life.

Enjoy all the many reasons to say thank you, and celebrate!

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“Be grateful for the kindly friends that walk along your way;
Be grateful for the skies of blue that smile from day to day;
Be grateful for the health you own, the work you find to do,
For round about you there are men less fortunate than you.

Be grateful for the growing trees, the roses soon to bloom,
The tenderness of kindly hearts that shared your days of gloom;
Be grateful for the morning dew, the grass beneath your feet,
The soft caresses of your babes and all their laughter sweet.

Acquire the grateful habit, learn to see how blest you are,
How much there is to gladden life, how little life to mar!
And what if rain shall fall today and you with grief are sad;
Be grateful that you can recall the joys that you have had.”

–  Edgar Guest