I love this quote. One of my mantras in life is to be happy now, it is so easy to get caught up thinking about the "when..." that we forget to enjoy today, and really life is made up of thousands of todays. How do you choose to enjoy life? I have three things that I propose will help you enjoy life: Do things that make you happy, Be Grateful & Serve Others.
I like to do small things that I enjoy and get satisfaction out of, this especially helps when I'm struggling. This morning I was having a little bit of a meltdown for no apparent reason and so I cleaned the basement, organized the kazillion toys that were covering the entire basement floor and I felt better, because I love to organize, it calms me down and I love the final result! I however hate to clean things (like scrub and mop) so I hire it out and it makes me very happy. I love to talk with friends so I pick up the phone and call, or text to meet for lunch, or organize an afternoon to craft together. Find small things that make you happy, sure we all love to go on vacation but is that something we can do everyday, nope. I suggest you write down a few things that brighten your day and have it somewhere in your house to remind you to do those things.
|iPhone wallpaper HERE Desktop wallpaper HERE or the 8x10 printable HERE|
This morning when I was melting down I took a deep breath and looked around and reminded myself of how much I love my life and how much I have to be grateful for. Gratitude always makes me change perspective. It's not a bad idea to make a grateful list and add to it everyday or every week or whenever. The point is that we all have things to be grateful for and when we remember those things it drastically helps us.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ― Melody BeattieAnd last if you're really having a hard time serve someone else. Get your mind off of yourself, because honestly we probably all think about ourselves way too much. When I change my focus to serving others I feel the blessings that it brings and I enjoy my life so much more. Have you seen the music video of "Have I done any good" by Alex Boye? Its pretty fantastic you can see it HERE.
I love the lyrics to that hymn.
Have I done any good in the world today?
Have I helped anyone in need?
Have I cheered up the sad and made someone feel glad?
If not, I have failed indeed.
Has anyone’s burden been lighter today
Because I was willing to share?
Have the sick and the weary been helped on their way?
When they needed my help was I there?
Then wake up and do something more
Than dream of your mansion above.
Doing good is a pleasure, a joy beyond measure,
A blessing of duty and love.
There are chances for work all around just now,Sometimes I just need to be reminded to ENJOY LIFE! I hope these little wallpapers will remind you and in turn help you to love your life.
Opportunities right in our way.
Do not let them pass by, saying, “Sometime I’ll try,”
But go and do something today.
‘Tis noble of man to work and to give;
Love’s labor has merit alone.
Only he who does something helps others to live.
To God each good work will be known.