Is Life Passing You By?

Is life passing you by while you for the ‘perfect’ time to realize your dreams, goals or desires? An example of this will be ‘when the kids are in school …’, or ‘when the kids are out the house …’, you get the idea. There will never be the perfect time, the moment is right now! By waiting for the so-called ‘perfect time’ we are in fact postponing our own happiness, satisfaction and success in life.

Think about what is most important to you in life. Perhaps spending quality time with your family is of high value to you. How would you feel if you were only able to spend a limited amount of time with them. More than likely this would make you feel unhappy and uncomfortable with the situation, you might even feel stressed about it. What would you be willing to do to change it? Perhaps spend less time at the office or free up your weekends to do fun stuff with your spouse and kids?

The truth is when you make something important and of high value, you will make it a priority and find the time to do it. Shouldn’t our goals, dreams and aspirations be regarded as of high value and importance? Why put off having something you’ve always dreamed of? Why have a mediocre life?

Life is short and precious. While you have the time here on earth make time to the things you’ve always wanted to do. Don’t wake up one day and look back on your life with regrets. Decide what you want and then go out and get it! It’s never too late to start. Write down your goals and dreams. Plan step-by-step how you are going to achieve them. Do something every day to bring you closer to your goals. Enjoy the feeling of success when you accomplish them.

Keep growing and achieving and live a fulfilling life. After all, it’s your life to LIVE!

Accessing the Power of Gratitude

The practice of gratitude as a tool for happiness has been in the mainstream for years. Long-term studies support gratitude’s effectiveness, suggesting that a positive, appreciative attitude contributes to greater success in work, greater health, peak performance in sports and business, a higher sense of well-being, and a faster rate of recovery from surgery.

But while we may acknowledge gratitude’s many benefits, it still can be difficult to sustain. So many of us are trained to notice what is broken, undone or lacking in our lives. And for gratitude to meet its full healing potential in our lives, it needs to become a daily habit. We have to learn a new way of looking at things, a new habit. And that can take some time.

That’s why practicing gratitude makes so much sense. When we practice giving thanks for all we have, instead of complaining about what we lack, we give ourselves the chance to see all of life as an opportunity and a blessing.

Remember that gratitude isn’t a blindly optimistic approach in which the bad things in life are whitewashed or ignored. It’s more a matter of where we put our focus and attention. Pain and injustice exist in this world, but when we focus on the gifts of life, we gain a feeling of well-being. Gratitude balances us and gives us hope.

There are many things to be grateful for: the beauty of nature, our family, friends who listen and really hear, our bodies, food and shelter, the ability to read and write, the benefits of technology, holidays and of course, chocolate. What’s on your list?

Some Ways to Practice Gratitude

• Keep a gratitude journal in which you list things for which you are thankful. You can make daily, weekly or monthly lists. Greater frequency may be better for creating a new habit, but just keeping that journal where you can see it will remind you to think in a grateful way.

• Make a gratitude collage by drawing or pasting pictures.

• Practice gratitude around the dinner table or make it part of your nighttime routine.

• Make a game of finding the hidden blessing in a challenging situation.

• When you feel like complaining, make a gratitude list instead. You may be amazed by how much better you feel.

• Notice how gratitude is impacting your life. Write about it, sing about it, express thanks for gratitude.

As you practice, an inner shift begins to occur, and you may be delighted to discover how content and hopeful you are feeling. That sense of fulfillment is gratitude at work.

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