Rule #1, Life is here to be ENJOYED not ENDURED
We live in an era where we race through life with the world on our shoulders but a smile on our face. When sometimes for a lot of us inside we are in turmoil, our mind is constantly racing because we endure so many mental and emotional demands on a daily basis. We forget to take a break, take a breather not burn ourselves out and sit back and ENJOY life… not ENDURE it. We often tend to dismiss the fact that life is about happiness, meaning and enjoyment. Life throws at us what it wants and we’re faced with the truth that we can do nothing to stop it. One day we’re having the best day of our lives, the next we’re at our worst. It’s true what they say what goes up must come down but what stands firmer is that there will always be the amazing moments to cherish.
With that being said realistic optimism is key in the current world we live in, it’s the continuation of positive thoughts that eventually manifest into an automatic belief that things will work out for the best regardless of the initial outcome. In the wise words of positive psychologist Mark Seligman ‘Positive thinking is the notion that if you think good thoughts, things will work out well. Optimism is the feeling of thinking things will be well and be hopeful.’ Being optimistic allows us to wholly enjoy our lives as much as possible because as we live in the moment and truly soak up the gift of life, we know in ourselves that what is to come will always be great. However, fear is one of the biggest obstacles that deters us from enjoying life, best reflected through the words of Franklin D. Roosevelt, ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, ‘, Do not let the fear mongering tactics of the media, politicians, newsreaders, family & ‘friends’ overshadow the positive in the world, your own individual achievements and the happiness of those around you. Whether it’s the little moments or the bigger achievements all is to be appreciated and experienced to the fullest.
So though it’s easier said than done, take a break from the hustle and bustle, and tend to yourself. How do you do this?, well through being present in the moments of life that make you happy. Give your undivided attention to those who make you happy, pursue those visions that make you excited and through the more challenging times remind yourself that those things that grant you joy (no matter how little it may be) will more than likely still be there afterwards. Life isn’t here to be ENDURED but instead to be ENJOYED.
Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift. Oprah Winfrey