I am becoming more mindful of how I am living in my everyday life. I do not want to be one of those people waiting until everything is going right to enjoy life. I don't want to put off simple pleasures because I don't have enough money...or what I think is not enough money. I will not be 50 pounds lighter tomorrow. I will not be a millionaire tomorrow (unless I win the lottery). None of those things are required to live my life abundantly. I do not have to put off happiness in the midst of challenges. I do not have to forgo happiness and joy and good times because my house is messy, or there are a few dishes in the sink, or my laundry needs to be done. All those things will be done, and in a rather timely manner. But none of those chores are reason to not celebrate my life. None of those things present a sense of urgency that will destroy my well being.
We do too much putting our lives on hold for weight loss, money, love, the right opportunity. The right opportunity is when you decide to make a move in any direction. Life is not just about enduring or going along until the real love, or better job, a windfall happens. It is embracing this moment right now. It is dancing right now when the music plays. It is making love even though you have laundry to fold. It is enjoying a glass of champagne when you just lost your job. I am not suggesting that we live a fantasy. I am coming to the realization that life is SHORT. Too short for rules and regulations on how to be. Just be. The Golden Rule is the only rule that applies: Treat others as you would have others treat you. Everything else just supports that.
We put off too much of our lives in search of the better time ahead. We forgo this moment for the expectation of more joy in the next. The reality is the next is not promised to you or me. The only breath we can depend on is the one we are taking right now. Why aren't we doing more to live more fully, to love more deeply.
I am challenging myself from this day forward that in the next 100 days I am going to live more fully, vibrantly and joyfully. No matter what happens, or what challenges present themselves I am going to enjoy this life.
Join me in the 100 days challenge. Every day start with a cleansing breath as prayer, say a prayer if it moves you. Eat mindfully. Enjoy your own company. Love those in your circle and tell them. Write to someone. Tell a joke. Look for the best in everyone. Be kind. Start and keep a gratitude journal---each day write down at least 3 things you are grateful for that day. Enjoy a glass of water---at least 8 times a day. Take a walk around your neighborhood, or downtown. Get to bed early, try to give yourself 8 hours of good sleep. and smile. Let me know if your in. Let me know how you are doing. I will post a little something at least twice a week on the challenge. Feel free to add and share your own ways to live more fully.