I was reminded this past month, that the quest for a balanced happy life full of purpose needs to involve not only the body, but the mind and spirit too. It can’t just be about weighing X amount of pounds, or fitting into a certain size, it has to be more than that. I’m not defined by what I weigh, my happiness doesn’t revolve around what the scale reads in the morning.
These three elements need to work together because when one area is lacking, the other two also shift as well and the balance just isn’t there. The trick is to find what it is that feeds your mind and spirit too! That special something that fills you with purpose, happiness, and thankfulness within. It can be difficult because the demands of daily life often get in the way of taking time for yourself…which you need to do. It’s not selfish to put value on yourself. It’s essential. When you are fulfilled within, you have so much more to give to others.
There are moments when I feel like a failure, when I let people down, when I feel completely overwhelmed, when I feel sorry for myself, when I lose track of what’s important in life. Then there is a life changing event that occurs that snaps me back to reality and forces me to re-evaluate what life is all about. That’s just life…you take the good with the bad. The hard times remind you how important it is to cherish the good times.
Life is all about perception. We can choose to dwell on the things we wish we could change, the things that annoy us, the things that are hard to deal with. It’s a part of everyone’s life! Or we can choose to focus on all the amazing things in life to be valued and treasured; most importantly the relationships that are built on acceptance and love. Surround yourself with people who bring you up and make you want to be a better person, and in exchange give that back in return to those you love.
At times I get caught up in the complaining game about the little things that put me out. How selfish is that! I am healthy. I have three healthy children. I have a warm home to live in. I have a big, funny, loving, supportive family. I have amazing friends. I have a career where I get to document love and connection. I have the freedom to choose to follow whatever path in life I like. What do I have to complain about? Absolutely nothing!
Life is good and I want to live it! I want to truly experience the best of life. I have found the most freedom in taking control of my health and changing my perceptions. Life is a gift and it’s my responsibility to choose to live it with a heart full of gratitude.
When I go for a run, and my mind starts doubting that I can keep going or that it would be better just to park my butt on the couch, I just have to remind myself of my sister who can physically no longer run but would absolutely love to. I CAN run. It’s a gift I take for granted. It’s all about perception. It’s humbling when I actually stop and take stock of all the blessings in life that I take for granted.
So today I am going to take some time out of my day and go for a walk, and I’m going to use that time to count my blessings which are too numerous to count. I am thankful for your support and the time you take to encourage me. I want to encourage you as well to enjoy the amazing life you have been given, and to remember that you are loved, valued, and cherished.
And at the top of my iPod playlist today will be this song…
From my heart to yours,