|Posted on April 22, 2015 at 6:05 AM|
“On Earth Day, we celebrate all the gifts the world and nature make available to us. We recognize our complete dependence on its bounty. And we acknowledge the need for good stewardship to preserve its fruits for future generations.” John Hoeven
Today’s Book: Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace) by Chade-Meng Tan
Earth Day is a very important day for me because I am spiritually connected to nature. As I’ve mentioned in a number of blogs before I love to hike and meditate in the mountains. I find myself very drawn to and one with the natural surroundings of our planet. Yes, many have called me a tree hugger and I do not like to print more than I have to.
I advertise more via social media than in print for this same reason. I prefer to buy local and support our mom and pop stores vs chain stores. I have solar panels on my home, recycle and prefer organic, clean eating to promote a more sustainable healthy life.
Finding things in our lives to be passionate about helps us to lead meaningful lives. However, I do know the hustle and bustle of daily life can sweep us away from what really means the most to us. It’s up to each of us to figure out how to live a personally fulfilling life. Although much of your life is shared with others, you can still carve out your own space for a rich, meaningful life.
Take action now to live a life that you love:
1. Clarify what matters to you. How you spend your time largely determines what’s important to you. If you say your family is at the top of your list, do you spend the bulk of your spare time with them? When you know for sure who and what matters most to you, then that’s where you want to focus your time and energy.
2. Stay in the moment. If you’re planting flowers, think about packing the earth well and digging the hole deeply enough. Remind yourself to water them immediately afterward. Regardless of what you’re involved in, keep your mind focused.
• Even when you’re washing the pots and pans, you can concentrate on having nice, hot water and shining the outside of the pans the way you like them.
3. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Do your words carry importance and honesty, along with kindness and care? Avoid mincing words. Get to the point, but remember to take the other person’s feelings into consideration. When your discussions contain subjects of interest and heartfelt feelings, it’s meaningful for you and the listener.
4. Find your passion. What gets you interested, excited, or fascinated? Has there ever been a topic that you think about all day long to the point where you can hardly stand it? If so, follow your passion. Make it an important part of your life as often as you can.
• If it’s golf, play it as often as you can. If your passion is working with children, then pursue it, whether it’s through working at a nursery school, becoming a school teacher, or serving as the neighborhood babysitter. Make it happen.
5. Worry less about what others think. Pay more attention to what you think. If someone isn’t a relevant player in your personal life, then what they believe about you is irrelevant. What you believe about yourself is what matters!
• Use your emotional fortitude in ways that make your life better. Ensure that your opinion of yourself is great!
6. Instead of complaining, accept the situation or take action. If what you’re upset about is out of your control, it might be time to just accept it. However, if it’s something that’s within your power to change, take action. Complaining is a waste of your precious time. Focus on problem-solving instead.
7. Accept responsibility for your life. If you’re unhappy, there’s no reason to blame your parents, spouse, or boss. Step up and make some decisions to alter what troubles you.
• You are the captain of your own ship. Figure out the course you want to take and then stay on it.
8. Refuse to criticize. Focus on assessing your own life instead. Notice the good qualities in others. Making positive changes in yourself is where your power lies!
9. “Be the change you want to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi, a great man of peace, first said this quote. Make a difference in your own life and the lives of others. You’ll absolutely love yourself for it. Others will love what you’re doing, too. Volunteer. Join a club. Get involved!
An enriching life is here for the taking. When your focus is clear, you can then expend your energy on the people and things that matter most in your life. Isn’t it time to begin the journey toward a life filled with positivity and meaning? You deserve it! Dream More, Do More – contact Life Coach DM and I’ll help you set your goals into motion!!
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