I just wanted to say thank you for a message you shared once about living life to the fullest and enjoying every day. It changed my life.
Several years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. I was extremely ill and nearly wheelchair bound. Not only was I battling a chronic and progressive disease, but I was also battling morbid obesity and my weight peaked out at 440 lbs. Over the past two and a half years, I've been working towards living life to the fullest, and enjoying every day because none of us are guaranteed tomorrow. When I was at my peak weight, my dream was to go skydiving....but in order to do so, I had a weight restriction to meet and in order to skydive safely, I would have to lose over 200 lbs.
I am typing this message to tell you that Saturday is the day!!! I will be celebrating my successful weight loss journey by throwing myself out of a perfectly good aircraft. I'm looking forward to the experience and all the other experiences that I'm able to enjoy now because I am a much healthier person. Thank you again for sharing the exact thing I needed to hear at exactly the right moment.
I always say there will be a certain song, certain words, a certain billboard, a certain sunset, a certain something that you are meant to see or hear. God places these things in your path to soften your heart and change your thinking. This is what happened to Lynne when she heard a few simple words from her local radio show host. And it changed her life forever...
I had a good friend pass away from cancer last year. Prior to his diagnosis, he was in a bad car accident. And before that he was just kind of lost, making bad decisions in his life. But when he awoke in the hospital after the car accident, he told me he would spend the next year of his life getting physically, mentally and spiritually strong.
Although he didn’t conquer his battle with cancer, I have never seen someone rebound in life in so many other ways. He became a spiritual giant and an emotional rock. He mended relationships that needed mending for years. He became the best person he could be. And then he flew home to heaven.
It’s only too late to change your life after you’re gone. I hope you will adopt that kind of attitude and continue on this journey of living well with me, no matter where you’re at in life. Make changes in any aspect of your life that could use improvement. Learn from your mistakes; rebuild yourself. And if you have stories, advice or encouragement you would like to pass along, please share it with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard the story about the person who is so embittered by a bad breakup that hating the other person consumes their thoughts and practically their whole life. It’s okay to be angry, but eventually you have to allow yourself to move on from something like that or it will imprison you in a bad place. Let go of anger and resentment so you can fill that void with something positive. Don’t let someone that has hurt you continue to do so after they’re long gone.
Maybe your sweetheart isn’t that sweet to you or maybe your friend isn’t that friendly. Maybe you need to let go of the toxic people who are holding you back. Do a little spring cleaning in the social department. It’s hard to walk away from someone and let all that history go, but let’s face it, if that someone only makes you confused or upset and brings you more tears than smiles, let go and make room in your heart and in your schedule for someone deserving of you.
Let go of life’s junk. Maybe that literally means cleaning out the tangible junk in your life. Cleaning house and home or a storage closet or a bedroom can make you feel extremely accomplished. I have a big family and therefore a lot of stuff, so I have to do this often as they continue to grow, acquire new hobbies and interests…and shoes. It feels so good to clean it out and donate it! Let go of the junk and start to live a better life.
List #1 is her quick list. Very simple things she can do whenever she finds a few extra minutes. On her list right now are things like painting her fingernails or listening to an old song she loved back in high school or making a healthy morning smoothie to kick off her day just right. Things on her short list don’t take more than 5-10 minutes in most cases and they deliver that little punch of happy that’s needed each day…or once a week at the very least.
List #2 is her bigger ticket list. On it are things that are bit more time consuming but still beloved. Things like taking her daughter to a new movie or trying a new recipe or going on a hike or packing up a picnic and lunching in the park. At least one thing on the long list should get done each month – that is the goal. However, aiming for more than one can only do you good.
If you could build a couple lists for your own happiness project (and you should) what would you put on it? Try to think of things that would take just 5 minutes of your time each day. And then think of things that you haven’t done in a while (or haven’t done at all) because they’re more time consuming…and put that on your list too!
That’s where I feel the most at peace, when I’m out among the tall trees or in the mountains or next to a peaceful pond or in my gardens. I feel at peace in nature. Where do you feel at peace? If you really have to think hard about that question then I have news for you: you need to find a peaceful place as soon as possible.
Maybe you love to read, so finding a nook in the bookstore or the library to read for an hour would be a good place for you. Maybe there’s a city park where the cherry blossoms are blooming over a park bench that’s calling your name. Maybe you can find solace in the ocean waves at a nearby beach, or by hiking up to a waterfall and listening to it rush into the pond below. Maybe sitting in an oversized seat at a quirky coffee shop sipping on your favorite drink puts you at ease. Maybe grooming horses and the companionship of animals brings you peace. Maybe it’s as easy as taking a bath and sipping on some tea…
There is a peaceful place for you and if you haven’t found it, I encourage you to do so…and visit it often. We tend to forget to take the time to slow down in this busy world and breathe deep, collect our thoughts and find a moment of peace. It’s good for our stress levels and it’s good for our health to have those moments in life, so I encourage you to find your spot. You deserve a place like that.