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If you’ve been feeling a little unhappy about life lately, it might be time to remember that everything that’s happening in this moment will one day simply be a part of the past. Try to notice all the signs that life is still amazingly awesome, regardless of seeming evidence to the contrary.
Changes were forced upon me recently.
Some events painful, some frustrating, some just a plain old pains in the bum. Life not seeming to be awesome at all!
Not all change is visible. Sometimes adjustments need to be made in how we see ourselves and others or what attitude we bring to each challenge. Something new and better is waiting to take its place.
It was tough for me. I wasn’t focused on the idea that all progress stems from change. Or good things would come from it.
I wasn’t consciously aware that in losing something that seemed good I was going to get something better.
I was wallowing, as I headed out to the post office. Not taking the time to notice all the things that were right in life.
Picking up the mail, I was focused, not on the possibilities and new opportunities that were sitting in front of me, but on the problems that change had so rudely dropped on my doorstep, when someone asked me how I was; someone I hadn’t even noticed, so caught up in my thoughts was I.
‘I’m wonderful’ I replied, from habit, and saying it, realized it was true.
We exchanged pleasantries and I walked away. She followed me outside and asked if she could give me a hug! Yes, I said. So she did, and also a peck on the cheek at the same time.
I love you she said as she walked away.
I smiled all the way home. I liked the message from a complete stranger that things still were amazingly awesome in the world.
And just in case you need a reminder too…life is amazingly awesome when you:
1.Hug or get hugged by a stranger. Probably wise to ask permission if you’re doing the hugging!
2.Understand that habits of thought don’t have to be forever. You’re free to choose to think something different.
3.Learn that most regrets come from the things you haven’t done. Not the ones you did.
4.Stop resisting what is and wishing things were different. Instead, imagine the ways you can make or do things differently in the future.
5.Let go of time wasters and begin to appreciate and make the best use of the precious time you have.
6.Stop waiting for someone to come along, out of the fog of life and change it. Recognize that the person you’re waiting for is you.
7.Know that giving yourself a positive and uplifting start to your day will see you through just about anything life throws at you.
8.Being fully engaged in your current experience or project becomes a powerful productive way to live life.
9.Remember there are two sides to the coin and learn to disengage when needed, and allow the renewing of your mind and spirit to bring the balance that makes life magical.
10.Experience real joy and happiness from helping others. Lots of activities bring different degrees of joy, but helping others is a big one.
11.No longer allow negative people to have the power to make you unhappy. Removing negativity from your life makes room for more of the positive.
12.Recognize that complaining doesn’t help anything get better. It’s better to let stuff go. Forgive when necessary and stop allowing stupid stuff prevent you from enjoying life.
13.Stop focusing on the 10% of life that doesn’t work well…it’s a mug’s game. You know that before too long you’ll look back on today’s struggles and realize they’ve made you stronger and kinder to others who struggle.
14.Make a mistake and no longer feel there’s something wrong with you as a person. You’re just a person who made a mistake. Now you can forgive yourself and others more easily.
15.Know that if you appreciate what you have in life, it’s likely you’ll get more things to appreciate.
16.Where you are right now is necessary for you to get to where you’re going.
17.Choose actions that serve you and others well, knowing it’s more important to succeed in a small way at things that are beneficial to all than succeed in a big way at everything that isn’t right for you.
18.Recognize that reality is variable. You can create a different reality for yourself using commitment and the power of assumption to make it so.
19.No longer talk about what you don’t want in life.
20.Generosity of spirit is part of how you live your life.
21.Become aware that living a full, rich, awesome life comes from blaming less because you have firm boundaries in place and respect for the boundaries of others.
22.Feel okay with a change of heart knowing it isn’t good enough for you to continue down a path that isn’t right any more.
23.Help someone get what they want, even if it’s a huge slice of pie; because you no longer believe there isn’t enough to go around, leaving less for you. You’ve given up a belief in lack, realizing one of the magical things about life, is by helping others we benefit too.
24.Decide what matters to you in this moment and take the necessary steps to make it happen.
If you’re struggling or feeling unhappy, know you’re not alone. We’re all in this together, working on an amazingly awesome life; trying to stay focused on what’s good, finding ways to feel better and keep on keeping on.
I’d love to hear from you. How do you remember that life is amazingly awesome when change pops up and hits you over the head? Leave a comment and let me know. Every week, I’m humbled by the incredible insights and wisdom that you share.
As always I’m grateful to you for making this such a supportive, generous, encouraging place to visit.
Encourage one another.
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