I believe in this sentiment almost more than any other. I believe that life is beautiful, and also that it is a (rather precious) gift. So too are those we love most – we have all known the pain of loss.
I’ve had my fair share of bad moods, but I’ve always tried to remember this principle, especially with those closest to me, and especially when things aren’t going right. When I was young, my parents used to say it was important to adopt this attitude, and to do my best to move past an ill temperament, because you really never know… So when someone in my family was traveling, or moving, or heading off to school…it was important to part on a happy and loving note. Always.
Because life can also be a challenge (understatement), it’s easy to forget how fleeting our time is. I saw this wonderful post on Instagram this week and it reminded me of the above idea…as well as the importance of fixating more on our blessings (because, again, there are many), and we never know when fate will come to greet us, or those we love.
I can only hope to live until an old and grey age…and to maintain a happy, thankful attitude along the way. I know that struggles will come, but I want to be the way the lovely Lydia is (at 112)!!! That’s my honest goal – a peaceful, happy, grateful life, filled with the people I love most (who know I love them most)… Here we are at the end of the first month of the year, no better time to revisit my goals and dreams!
A lofty goal, indeed, but one the empathetic INFJ in me has always endeavored to attain for those in the deepest recesses of my heart. . .
Once upon a time, in the wee stages of life, the darkness felt too vast and terrifying to bear – my heart would shudder at the thought and I needed some external source to light the way.
And yet, as I grew older, I began to realize there was nothing within the inky blackness that had the power to hold sway over me. For indeed there was a light inside of me that shone brighter than the sun and moon…and it is a light that does not extinguish, no matter what night…neither life…has to say.
We usually learn this one AFTER the fact…
No sentiment truer than this…
We must constantly consider our inner dialogue, as it can shape the world in which we live internally…AND (very much) externally.
Every encounter we ever have has the possibility to bring with it learning and positivity… Every. Single. One.
Even if you aren’t aware at the time, do what you can to reflect – for in this reflection you will find a many beautiful gems with which you will become a stronger person, more in tune with you truths, and more fit to live the richest life imaginable.
Failure is never “the end,” and neither it is indeed “failure” the way our mind may perceive it. We are generally our own worst enemies and are – I am willing to bet – doing a lot more RIGHT than we are wrong.
Even when we falter and don’t reach the end we *think* is the correct one, there is a strong possibility that we are headed for a great success (part of a larger tapestry we aren’t always aware of.)
In missing the mark we learn a great deal, and for many of us those lessons stay top of mind. Take what you see as a “failure” and focus on the good – what you have learned, and what you steered away from, may well have you rerouted for greatness.
I always loved these wise and beautiful words…
For those for whom magic is a part of life, we understand the power of what we speak…and therefore what might be heard. No matter the circumstance, take care with the words you choose…whether in speaking to others, to the powers that be, or to oneself.