Do you ever have "those" days?
You know, the ones where the shine seems to have gone off life, or maybe you had an exciting thing happen and now you have the letdown blues? Maybe everything is going wrong, or seems to be.
Sometimes this can result in getting very down on yourself, and your self esteem can suffer. Add to that the terrible feed of awful news that surrounds us, and it is easy to feel like life is doomed sometimes.
People are wired to notice terrible things, it is all part of our ability to notice and react to stress, the old fight or flight response. A survival technique, we are exquisitely aware of the terrible, the threatening, and the scary things in life.
We also experience all the feelings and that is how it should be, but sometimes with the enormity of all the terrible awful things that happen every day, you can feel like there is no light left in the world.
It is important to put some mute buttons on the news to minimize your exposure to the terror and the tragic, and open your eyes and look around to see the small beautiful details of your every day life experiences. There is so much wonderful in the world and you need to be sure to notice it.
Here are 10 things to do, see, notice and feel -- that tell you life is beautiful.
1) Waking up in the morning -- you are here, you are alive, you have this day.
2) The face of someone you love -- there is nothing better.
3) Having something to do -- having purpose every day makes life meaningful.
4) Nature -- sunshine, moonshine, flowers, a gentle breeze, trees, animals.
5) Music -- it lifts your soul.
6) Hugs -- hugging someone increases your feel good chemicals.
7) Exercise -- moving your body makes it happy.
8) Kindness -- taking a moment to do one small thing for someone else.
9) Taking a stand -- stand up for something you believe in and use your voice.
10) Love -- loving a person, job, book, hobby, animal, film -- fill yourself up with your passions.
It is important to have an awareness of the world, and to know what is happening so you can be an engaged part of the global community, encourage advocacy and a voice for change against the tragedy of human kind. However to thrive in life it is also important to notice your particular here and now. The way the birds call when they wake, the wind as it rustles through the trees, the warmth of your bed at night, your lover's embrace, the food on your table and a place to call home.
Reminding yourself that life is beautiful helps to improve the quality of your life and those you come into contact every day. It also helps you to take a stand and go into battle for the things you believe in and make changes in our world.
Be brave, be connected, but also be present. Life really is beautiful.
Adapted from an original post on www.recycledinteriors.org
Helen is a blogger, social media consultant, writer and coach in Adelaide Australia. Sign up for her e courses, tips and inspiration, and read the daily blog at www.recycledinteriors.org.
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