I was a little kid once, dying to go to school so when the time came for me to go, I was excited. Then I found that now I was dying to go to high school because my elder brothers had such cool stories to tell about their experiences there. It seemed every passing day had some adventure or something funny worth sharing but for me not so much. I was in stupid old primary school. Finally, I got to high school but now again I envied my brothers who were in college now, I mean they had such independence. I couldn't wait to move out of home and say grown-up stuff like, "I major in Political science." Boy, there was no break for me to catch. You bet I did eventually get to college and move to campus but now I was almost always broke while my brothers had jobs so they had lots of money to spare. Of course, they took me to places here and there but I was dying to have what they had: Money in my pocket! This went on and on, when I got my first job, I noticed I was dying for a better salary and so forth. Now I am old and at my later ages and this is the only time I am not dying for anything. Now when most of my strength is gone, I am glad to be alive. I wake up every day thrilled to see the sunrise and I whistle my way throughout the day. I sit in my favorite rocking chair and admire the beauty of nature. I go on multiple vacations each year, celebrate all my children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren's birthdays. I have never loved my beautiful wrinkled wife more than I do now and I make sure that she is always aware of this.
I will never forget this speech by my grandfather on his eighty-seventh birthday. He continued to encourage all of us to stop and reflect on life and its meaning. He reminded us that every season had its lessons to be learned and challenged but it never was meant to be lived in murmurs and complaints because we anticipated the next one. "Usually, the unspeakable joy in the next season is a mirage,” he said, “Ask those who got into marriage thinking they would find a present labeled happiness therein. They got there only to find how faulty they were and how equally faulty their partner was. The person expected to complete them was barely full himself or herself, what a disappointment. Those who got over this disappointment and found joy in marriage are those who learned to love themselves and accept their partner's weaknesses."
What is your excuse for not working out and keeping fit? Even pregnant women in their third trimesters are doing it. What about the love department? Why won’t you open your heart when you find it? Can I guarantee that if you do this you won't be hurt? Not at all but I know that you can't fully enjoy it unless you risk getting a heartbreak. Too much carefulness is like chains, get yourself out of them. Be free to live the best time of your life now, today, and this very year. It doesn’t matter what is going on around you. All you need is a decision to live life to the fullest.
Ask yourself, “What is the one thing I would do if I didn’t care what people thought?” then go ahead and do that (if it doesn’t involve hurting other people of course)
Where you are right now, with your rare circumstances and challenges that you dare not share with anyone, make a decision to cherish life. But now when I live with a giant problem staring me in the eye at every point? To the best of your ability solve that problem. It may be an unhealthy relationship sucking the life out of you, well fix or end it. It is that simple. Be fiercely determined to get rid of anything threatening your happiness.
On the other hand, it could be a disease that leaves you weak and in pain. Now how exactly can you cherish the moment in that state? Well, a cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. It is difficult to stay positive while struggling with lingering pain but it isn’t impossible. Maintaining a sparkling attitude is a good distraction from illness and is good for a quicker recovery. Like anything else, disease and pain thrive when given all the attention so you are better off giving your attention to hopeful thoughts.
It shouldn't take you eighty-something years like it did my grandfather to realize the need to live and enjoy life today. Take responsibility for your own wellbeing and joy, invest in yourself and while it is called today, have fun and spread that joy to those around you.
Peace, Love & Prosperity!
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