Each and every day we have a choice, actually, many choices. We choose our mindset, our outlook and how we are going to face our day within the first few minutes of waking up. People have different practices for what they do before they get out of bed and after they get out of bed.
- Are you the kind of person that lingers for a bit…?
- Do you stop to think about you’re grateful for…?
- Do you choose to meditate…?
- Do you drink some water…?
- Do you journal…?
- Do you go over what you need to accomplish during the day…?
- Do you pray…?
- Do you jump out of bed and hit the floor running…?
- DO you hit the snooze button, over and over…and over…?
Our mindset from the very moment we wake up has a huge impact on our day, it sets the tone. So, what do you do, what do you consciously choose as you begin each day…?
Most parents tell their children that life goes by quickly. Kids often ignore this advice until one day they find themselves giving the same advice to their children. We have a limited number of days on this planet. Because of this, we need to appreciate people in our life.
When we start to approach our mid years, our older parents, relatives and family friends pass away. We may regret not having spent more time with them while they were still alive. Life gets busy, to be sure. But, I think we need to make time to spend and appreciate our elders. Their time is more limited than ours, all things being equal. And as they age, they need the love of family. They realize it more than people who are younger, that they won’t be around much longer.
I am personally experiencing this right now with my own mother. My father passed away almost 10 years ago. All my relatives have also passed away in those 10 years as well as very close friends.
On the other hand, we need to appreciate our children and encourage them to spend time with us, for the very same reasons. Our mid years will soon turn into your advanced years, if they haven’t already. We will be the one realizing that there’s as much time left as we would like. There may even be grandchildren that we love spending time with.
Aside from family, we need to have friends as well. Our friends complete us and contribute to us having a more rewarding life. Appreciating friends is just as important as appreciating family. In many instances, friends will move away and we don’t hear from them again. It’s important to make an effort to keep in contact. Technology has made this much easier than it would have been even 20-30 years ago.
Appreciation is about being grateful. It’s about taking the time and thanking people for being a part of your life. Always be willing to help your family and friends, or even co-workers. Be grateful for the little things that people do as well as the big things. Remember to show and express gratitude.
Make sure you let the people in your life know you are there for them. Don’t just say the words. Show them in appropriate ways, if needed. Sometimes, people don’t like to ask for help. Consider showing up even if they say they don’t need help. Often, they will admit that you helped and made their lives easier.
Sometimes, appreciation is simply listening to others and finding out what they truly want, what may be troubling them or what they dream about. If you can help them in any way, support them or help them realize their dreams, they will be appreciative of you. Sometimes though they may not be able to share that with you, be there anyways.
If you want to be appreciative, be willing to give more than you take. This will set the stage that you are a caring person and it shows that you appreciate people. It’s easy and rewarding at the same time. Remember it’s not just the big things, it’s the little things as well. Say, “Thank you,” often.
Finding and following your passion brings you more personal power and awakens you to the beauty of the world. It leads you to the heart of spiritual journey as it changes your thoughts, perceptions, and feelings. Finding your passion does not promise an easy life rather a rich life open to more opportunities and possibilities.
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1. Speak your truths clearly – To find your passion it’s important to know what you want and feel connected to your heart’s desires. Be ready to take action and embrace new adventures. Know what really matters to you? What truly makes you happy? Know the things you do best and makes you feel energized and uplifted.
2. Be open for support – It’s important to keep in mind that we are not isolated beings. We are not an island unto ourselves, nor were we meant to be. We need the support of family, friends and a positive-minded social circle that will help us reach our goals. We do best as members of a community.
3. Open up your senses – When you open up your senses, you tend notice and experience more blessings and may feel more peaceful and serene. This allows you to be more patient and be reminded the cycle of nature. When you experience this you can become more positive and calm.
4. Give yourself a time for joy – Waking up in the morning away from busy schedules and having the freedom to do the things that brings you joy? To find your passion you must allow yourself a time for joyful activities. For many people, allowing joy induces guilt as it is not productive and hinders you from getting important things accomplished. But this view of joy is actually a matter of opinion. Experiencing joy is good to your health and is productive. By allowing yourself time for joy you become more focused and passionate in your job.
5. Liberate yourself – A person who finds their passion is a truly wise person. Doing work that reflects your personality, values and heart’s desire brings you greater happiness and contentment. It is easier and liberating when we accept who we are and we allow other people to accept us too.
6. Nurture and feed yourself with affirmations – Affirmations are important in finding your passion in life as it makes you feel secure and optimistic about reaching your goals. A lot of people donít get to their destinations out of fear of failure. You should allow yourself to get upset by some downturns but remind yourself to pull yourself together past and get on track again. Some people might influence you into thinking negative. Itís not so easy to shut them out of your life. But itís easier to practice blocking the negative energies that they bring into your life. It keeps your sanity.
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Finding your passion is an ongoing journey and can change many times during your life’s journey. When you do the things that you are passionate about and are in the flow, you allow your life to flourish. You let yourself connect to everything you are in body, mind, heart and spirit. It becomes easier to face challenges better because you are nurtured by doing things you love. You feel more alive, positive, self-respecting, and determined. You live your life with energy, contentment, confidence and joy. You know you are contributing value and positivity to the people in your life.
What makes your heart sing…?
Setting boundaries in our lives is so important to our well being on all levels: physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, relationship, and financial. In most cases we are asked for something outside of ourselves. We are asked to give of ourselves: our time, our energy or our money (resources). When this happens there are three questions we can ask ourselves. Make sure you are honest with yourself.
- Do I have it to give?
- Do I want to give it?
- Under what conditions?
After asking yourself these questions and answering them truthfully, you can answer the request in a way that honours you and your boundaries. This is most difficult for women to do, we are so used to our roles as caregivers and nurturers. We are not used to or comfortable with saying ‘no’ or ‘not now’, or ‘maybe, if _____’. It is up to us to set consequences if and when necessary. Setting boundaries with younger children may look very different than setting boundaries with a spouse, friends or colleagues.
When you set healthy boundaries, you are practicing self-respect. It isn’t easy at first and you may be tested, in fact, you can count on that. You may be tested several times when you become clear on what is appropriate for you and what is not. This is also positive role modelling for others.
Here’s to the healthy setting of boundaries for everyone concerned.