I read “Tuesday’s with Morrie” years ago. This post reminded me of how much wisdom is held within those pages and how much I loved reading it.
The biggest mistake we all tend to make in this life is that we slip into the habit of thinking that we have more time. But there will come a day, and it could always be today, when our time will run out. A time when we will close our eyes for the last time in our current body rental, and this life will come to a close. Because we never know when that time will come, it’s good to live our lives in the truth that it could happen at any time.
I’ve done this myself and sometimes still do. I slip into the ordinary in moments with my son when we’re both on our screens. Is that how I’d choose to spend our last moments together? No. But we’re human and we like our human things. And that’s OK. I’m not saying that every moment of every day is going to be the best moment ever. But I am saying that we should really consider how many best moments we’re incorporating into our lives on the daily. Or just how many are we staying PRESENT for and APPRECIATING?
My mindfulness practice has led me to joy and gratitude beyond measure. And it’s not that I’m doing extraordinary things every day, but that I have realized the extraordinary to be found in everything! I appreciate all of the seemingly small things that some people often overlook. I follow my joy and express my truth and gratitude to the people who add positive energy to my life.
I see the beauty of the sun peeking through the leaves on the trees during yoga in the park when a breeze is blowing just enough to keep the air cool. I appreciate running into friends unexpectedly when I go to my favorite coffee shop. I appreciate the late night phone call with a friend when they have a lot going on in their life and need someone to listen. I appreciate the new connections I make every day that I get out into the world with people who are free spirits who love life the way I do. I appreciate smiles from strangers as I walk down the street. I appreciate the appearance of all dogs shaggy in my life whose faces remind me of my old Gus dog. I appreciate messages from friends. The seemingly small things are the big, important things, because at the end of the day, I don’t need to have had extravagant things to have happened in order to feel like it was my best day ever! Cultivate a feeling of gratitude for everyone and everything that shows up on your path.
Life is only as good as we make it. Heaven and hell are here on earth and can be found in the mindset that we keep. When you look for negative, you find negative. When you look for positive, you find positive. It’s up to each of us how we choose to show up. I can tell you from experience that this quote is 100% accurate for me. As I’ve found myself and have followed my joy, I’m not as concerned with my past, I’m just excited to be on this adventure and to see what’s around the next corner!! I have passion to do more, see more, and be more!
The biggest transformation of my life began when I noticed that I was suffering through life, and I decided that I was tired of it and didn’t want to suffer anymore. I thought that surely there had to be another way to live life. My mindfulness practice began by noticing how I was talking to myself. I found that my self-talk was so negative that I wouldn’t talk to my own dog that way! Awareness is KEY to changing anything in our lives.
If we’re dissatisfied with our lives, we’re the only ones responsible for changing them. I have dug myself out of years of people-pleasing, peace-keeping, depression, dissatisfaction, dis-ease, and negative self-talk to name a few. I became mindful and picked up new, positive habits and coping mechanisms for life and got consistent in my practice of them. It wasn’t always an easy process, but it was a life-changing one that I view as beyond worth it.
Don’t wait for the end of your life to realize what you could have done differently to live more fully! The time to examine your life is NOW! Are you doing the things you are passionate about? Are you allowing yourself to be authentic and vulnerable? Are you loving yourself completely? Are you living your best life? If you’re answering with a bunch of no’s, then it’s time to make some changes. Now is the only time you have to make those changes. What can you do TODAY to incorporate more JOY into your experience? What would have to happen to make this your best year yet? There are still over 4 months left in 2019. You have plenty of time to do amazing things!
People usually get to the end of their lives and realize just how important the connections with other people were to them. Spend time being present with your loves ones NOW. Don’t put off saying things or doing things because you keep thinking that you’ll do it later. Sometimes there is no later. Now is the moment you’re promised, that’s it. So make the most of this moment, and ultimately, this life. Tell people you love them, hug more, call more, visit more, laugh more, snuggle more, be PRESENT more, and LIVE more! You get one shot in this life with this meat suit, so how do you want to live it?
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