It’s incredibly easy to get absorbed into whatever we’re feeling in that moment. Often times, if left in that mindset, it can either make or break us. If you’re feeling anxious, stressed, saddened, etc, depression can creep in and consume you. I’m no stranger to depression and I can say first hand how powerful it can be. However, over the years I’ve learned (from motivational speakers and books), that often our greatest threat, is ourselves. The negative self talk will take over and before you know it, we’re living in darkness.
On the flip side, when we’re feeling gratitude, happiness, love, and compassion, it too can take over. Let’s be honest… it’s GREAT when it does. Those feelings of being care free, at peace and just plain happy are absolutely incredible. It’s very important that we hold on to those feelings, and understand what a blessing they are.
Life gives us obstacles not just to test us, but to strengthen us, and to help us become the best versions of ourselves. We all have trials and tribulations that we encounter, but our mindset is the key to how we overcome them and move forward. Learn from the difficult times and be grateful for them. They are life’s gifts to us. They enable us to try harder, work harder, give more of ourselves, and ultimately, accomplish something.
I’ve wanted a tattoo for some time but was unsure of what exactly I wanted. After much thought and a couple of years, in 2014 I went for it, and let me tell you, it’s been a bigger blessing than I could’ve ever imagined. The amount of people who stop and ask to read it, is expected, however the outcome is what really warms my heart.
“The tragedy of life is not death, but what we let die inside when we live”. – Native American Proverb
The most common response is “I like that”, but on several occasions, people have opened up as to WHY they like it. The most unexpected was in the vet’s office. This lady comes up to me and says: “Thank you”. I asked her why she was thanking me, as I was just standing there in line waiting to pay my bill. Then she begins to tell me a story. She had lost a son (my age) not long ago, it appeared to have been unexpected. And she tells me how full of life he was. How he always lived each day with so much enthusiasm and was the happiest person she had known. Then she begins to tear up and says: “that message on your arm reminds me of him and how I know he lived a really good life, so thank you for that reminder.” I was so overcome with happiness that although this lady had endured a tragedy, she was able to focus on the good rather than her grief.
Life is a blessing and it truly is what we make of it. Choose to live your life with happiness and compassion because you never know who may be watching you and how it may transform their day. More importantly, how it can mold your life.