Life is made up of days, and if you focus on making each day beautiful – appreciating, enjoying and loving what is – in the end, you will have created a beautiful life. It’s that easy.
Here are 11 things you should remind yourself daily, things that will most probably bring more sunshine into your life and more peace into your heart:
1. This moment is your life.
Today, here and now, is where your life is. This moment is your life. And if you make a choice to immerse yourself fully into this moment – appreciating, enjoying and loving what is you will experience joy that you have never experienced before, and you will feel more alive than you have ever felt.
“Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.” ~ Omar Khayyam
2. There is a time for everything.
There is a time for being alone and a time for being surrounded by the people you love; a time for joy and a time for sorrow; a time for being vigorous, and a time for being exhausted; a time for being safe, and a time for being in danger… “A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak.” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:2-7.
There is a time for everything, and the more we learn to accept and embrace this truth, the more peace we will feel in our hearts and the easier it will become for us to deal with life’s many changes and challenges.
3. Each day is a new beginning, each morning is a new life.
The beautiful thing about life is that each morning it gives you a new chance, a new opportunity to start all over. To let go of your yesterdays and make a fresh new start in life. That’s how generous life is…
“Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in. Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
4. Nothing in life is yours to keep.
Everything in life is fleeting and impermanent. Everything changes, nothing ever stays the same, and even though we like to hold on to things, to own and possess as many things as possible, the truth of the matter is that nothing is ours to keep. When the time comes for us to leave this physical world, we take nothing with us. We leave everything behind us, including our own bodies.
“You only lose what you cling to.” ~ Buddha
5. You are never given more than you can handle.
Adversity builds character, strength and maturity. Every experience, every interaction, no matter how bad it might seem, has the ability to shape you, to mold you, and to help you become the person you were born to be. And if life gives you “a lot” to deal with, it is only because it knows how powerful you truly are, and it wants you to discover the courage, the wisdom and the strength that lie deep within you.
6. You were born with wings. Learn to use them and fly!
There is so much strength, so much beauty, so much wisdom and so much power within you. Always has been and always will be. And if you dare to believe in yourself as much as you would want others to believe in you, and if you dare to dream and live your life as if there were no limits to what you could do, be and have, then in time, you will discover that, “You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don’t. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly.” ~ Rumi
7. What other people think of you is none of your business.
Lao Tzu said it best in the Tao Te Ching:”Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.” Worrying about what other people think of you and adjusting your life based on their opinions is a recipe for stress, unhappiness, confusion and misery. Always remember that your life is yours to live, and you should live it your way without being too concerned with what “they” think.
8. Never neglect your path for another.
You have your own path to walk upon, your unique purpose to fulfill, and no matter how tempting it might be to put your life on hold just because those around you are asking for it, you should never do it. The relationship you have with your own soul, with your life purpose and with your path in life is the most important relationship in your life. This is a sacred relationship, and you should treat it as such.
“You are the source of all purity and impurity. No one purifies another. Never neglect your work for another’s, however great his need. Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.” ~Dhammapada
9. It is better to be alone than in bad company.
Surround yourself with wise, kind and loving people; people who live in truth and integrity. And “If for company you cannot find a wise and prudent friend who leads a good life, then, like a king who leaves behind a conquered kingdom, or like a lone elephant in the elephant forest, you should go your way alone.” ~ Dhammapada
10. You are a human being, not a human doing.
You are a human being, not a human doing and you need to make sure that you don’t allow your ego to trick you into thinking that who you are is not enough and that in order for you to “become somebody,” in order for you to prove your worth, you have TO DO more and more each day. There’s nothing wrong in doing things, nothing wrong with working and creating all kinds of wonderful things, but when you begin to equate your self worth with how much you do, with how hard you work and how good you are at doing the things you do, then things might get out of balance.
“I am a human being, not a human doing. Don’t equate your self-worth with how well you do things in life. You aren’t what you do. If you are what you do, then when you don’t…you aren’t.” – Dr. Wayne Dyer
11. Who you are is enough.
Who you are is already enough, not because of how your life looks externally, but because of who you are internally. So don’t you even dare, not even for a second, to think otherwise.
“You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” ~ Maya Angelou