I recently came across the above quote, and I simply love it, for it sums up my own life’s mission so very well. It was this quote that inspired me to continue to seek out things to do for myself and for others with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style that would help us to truly thrive, not merely survive. As always, it is my hope that I succeeded today.
After using stress as an excuse to short change myself on time to sleep and exercise and to choose comfort food that provides empty calories instead of actual comfort, I woke up this morning more determined than ever to live the quality of life that I deserve and desire. So, I made a conscious effort to do a myriad of things throughout the day to inspire, uplift, and motivate me, beginning with my drive to work.
I made my way down my favorite stretch of road that is flanked by flowering trees, open fields, rolling hills, and beautiful homes, and it took my breath away at how beautiful and serene it was on a warm spring morning. It was almost too much to take in at one time, as it was a feast for the senses. At one point, I said aloud to the six empty seats in my car, “My God, this is beautiful!” I was so grateful to be in the presence of such exquisite beauty, and I simply took it all in and carried it with me throughout the day.
Too often, I rush from one destination to the next, either literally or figuratively, and I miss some pretty incredible scenery along the way. So, to be able to really focus on Mother Nature’s highlight reel of the best of everything that spring has to offer during my morning commute was the best thing I could do for myself today. It certainly inspired me in terms of writing this blog post, but on a larger scale, it inspired me to seek out, appreciate, and create more beauty in my own life on a daily basis. Life truly is beautiful.
Part of being able to thrive in my own life means helping others to thrive in theirs, and I feel fortunate to be part of the journey of some incredible people. Today, I was able to provide some support and honest feedback for a friend of mine who is experiencing some relationship difficulties. With a healthy dose of honesty, humor, and concern, I was able to be a true friend in a situation that called for one. I listened, responded promptly and honestly, and offered words of support, encouragement, and concern, which was welcomed and appreciated.
What made this situation even more meaningful is the fact that this person has not always been a true friend to me, so, it would have been very easy to leave them to their own devices to address and resolve this latest round of problems. It would have been easy, but it would not have been right and would not have been true to who I am. Being present for this person in their time of need did not come at my expense, as that would not be beneficial for either one of us, and I knew that I was the right person to speak the right words at the right time. My hope is that I both inspired this person to do the right thing in their challenging situation and to be a better friend to everyone, not just me, and to themselves. Inspiration can come from the most unlikely of sources, even a quirky, big-hearted girl like me.
Just one thing each day . . .
Categories: Just One Thing Each Day
You are to be admired in your reaching out to help other people with their own difficulties. What a strong amazing person that you are.
That is so very kind of you to say, and I appreciate it greatly. I find strength in being able to help others and definitely am inspired by all others, especially the men I work with each day. It is easy to give up, and it takes great strength to hang on and move on, like you have. Here’s to you, as well, for you are an inspiration!