I figured we’d start this one with a laugh to lighten things up a bit on this Monday ♥
Isn’t it just fantastic when life throws us a curveball? Don’t you just love surprises? 😉
Life is going to throw us some unexpected turns. We have no control over outside circumstances. However, we do have control over how we react to life’s twists and turns. Strength is built in challenging times, and unexpected events give us an opportunity to react differently.
Things are hard. Life will always be hard. However, when we utilize the skills earned in challenging times, we find that we only get better at handling life.
The greatest manifestations of love do not come when things are fantastic. Love flourishes in challenging times. I challenge you to dig deep and to find that love within, to spread it, and to let it express and manifest in every possible way.
Things will not always be favorable. Let’s take these challenges that life gives us and become victors. Let’s utilize them as character-building opportunities. If you don’t like what’s going on, get involved. Get involved with your health, your well-being, your teams, your career, your community, and do something. If you don’t like how things are going, DO something. Article and meme-sharing only scratch the surface, barely touching it. Sharing violent videos and biased articles spread ignorance, glorify intolerance, and breed negativity. Disconnection, elitism and blocking/removing friends will not solve the problem. That behavior only magnifies problems by feeding attention to them. Instead, get involved and actually DO something. Action is the ultimate remedy for malaise and misery. Otherwise, we just sit around in our homes, feeling miserable and victimized. We deserve better than that. We deserve to rise as warriors, not to live in constant worry.
Courage takes many shapes and forms. It takes loads of courage to express vulnerability. The whole-hearted understand that it is not external armor that show strength. Strength is forged by facing discomfort and by leaning into vulnerability. The strength we develop carries us through all of life’s battles.
Whatever your battle is, rest assured that you will arise a champion. Sometimes we need to lose a few battles to learn very important lessons. In the end, we will win the war when we continue to rise and stand up to whatever oppresses us.
The little things are what matter the most. Big change happens with small, consistent action. Whatever that action is – taking a step toward eating healthier by packing lunch, getting up when the alarm first goes off, dedicating a few moments to meditate daily, brushing up on personal development by reading a few pages from that book that has been sitting on the shelf forever or listening to a podcast, not feeding into an argument and having the courage and humility to just back away (Dale Carnegie would be super proud of you for that) – any action taken in a forward, positive direction is progress.
The intention behind these posts was initially about nutrition and fitness. Once I got rolling and analyzed the feedback, survey results and the data, I found a much deeper vein running through the struggles that folks shared on. It’s about mindset, and mindset inspires behavior. We don’t just magically start eating better one day and change our lives forever. It’s a roller coaster, because we’re human and we’re bound to make mistakes. So, instead I’ve turned the focus deeper and decided to write about well-being.
We are more than just physical shells. We’re more than just meat suits, wandering about. We’re emotional, physical, instinctual, intellectual and spiritual beings. As unique and extraordinary as we are as individuals, we’re all made of essentially the same stuff. We all want many of the same things (oh hey, remember Maslow?).
Let’s do ourselves a favor and seek commonality, instead of fixate on the “differences.”
We can do more together.
We find peace within our world by first finding that peace within ourselves. No, it’s not easy. Life’s never going to be easy. Other people will never be perfect; WE ourselves will never be perfect.
However, we can still be damn good, flawed and all 🙂
All my best to you and yours, and hoping that you are safe, blessed, and prosperous ♥