“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.” ~Ashley Smith
Every day in your life should matter. Make a difference to someone or something. I believe that you and I should live each day as if it’s our last. I am sure that you would agree with me. Maybe that is because one day I will be right about that! Allow me to offer some thoughts about what you might want to focus on that will help your personal and professional life to be more satisfying.
First, always remember that attitude is a choice. Life is way too short to be cranky. Don’t be a crank –focus on what can be, what you can control, not the fears, worries, negatives and problems of life.
Second, be good to your word – keep it. Say what you mean and mean what you say as the adage goes.
Three, practice forgiveness. Let go of grudges and resentment. It wastes your time and energy as they drag you down and the expenditure is a worthless investment. Forgive everyone, especially yourself.
Fourth, keep on moving on. Moving forward is the only way to live. Yesterday is a cancelled check that isn’t a down payment on realizing your potential tomorrow. Your future is a blank slate waiting for you to fill in the blanks. Focus on how you will write the next pages of your life’s story and how you will create the pictures that will depict it.
Five, always, always be grateful, gracious and appreciative. Take a moment and think of the population of your city, state, the USA and even the world. If you are honest, you know that there are thousands, 10’s and 100’s of thousand and yes millions of folks who would gladly be in your shoes even with the stones you feel in them.
George Carlin once said, “Don’t sweat the petty things in life and don’t pet the sweaty things either.” Happiness is made up of little things, smiles, an open helping hand, a full and caring heart, a positive word and the opportunity to share a laugh or two. Put them all together and they are a BIG thing. You and I are most alive when we are in these moments. Savor them all.
Finally, don’t waste your time on worry. People who study human behavior tell us that 99 percent of what we worry about never ever comes to fruition. Stop worrying about what might be or could be and take that time to make it be what you want it to be. Enjoy the day, the sun, your friends and your family now. Take a moment to think about what you were worrying about a week ago, a month or a year ago. I bet that the recollection is fuzzy at best. If you can actually recall past anxieties, ask yourself did any of those worries ever really become reality or to what degree. I am willing to bet the answer is not at all or at best minimally. Don’t waste your time with worry. Instead enjoy this thing called life. If you do, I bet you will live longer!
“Remember the past, plan for the future, but live for today, because yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come.” ~Luke