Just Kidding! Though my facebook feed and newscasts have all been completely over run with Trudeau memes and apocalypse predictions….I prefer to stay away from the public discussion of politics. But, all of this has reminded me of some important tips for one’s wellbeing, so I thought I’d share those rather than fill my mind or others with “end of days” predictions or “history repeating itself” quotes…..
At this time in life, well quite frankly in my opinion this time in my life is not unlike any other time in life…it is the present, it is today, and it’s all we have, I choose to focus on the precious moments I have and the people that I am privileged to know, on a daily basis. This is called gratitude friends! I’m grateful for the people who love me, who care for me, who choose to have me in their lives. I’m grateful for my glorious and unique children who shine light on all of my days. I’m grateful for having the luxury of a comfortable and safe home, for delicious food everyday, clean water at the turn of a tap, and the ease with which I get to soak in mother natures greatest creations (just look out your window!) There are endless things to be grateful for every day, and acknowledging them often will bring more fulfillment to your life and more and more things to be grateful for daily.
I find, myself included, that people in general tend to like to maintain as much control as possible. They like to know what’s happening, when it’s happening, and what they can do to make it happen or not. I often have to remind myself of what I truly control and what I do not…the answer to that is simple, I only control myself. I control the choices I make, my reactions to events and people around me, my emotional responses, I control whether I am happy, sad, anxious, angry……the moment I remind myself of what it is that I actually control, the freer I feel. My lock screen on my cell phone reads: Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference!
One more….breath=life. Literally. If I come up to you and close your nose, you will fight for breath. Our energy level depends on our breath in a big way. The better (fuller) you breathe, the more energy you will have. Taking deeper breaths will bring more oxygen in to the body and improve your energy levels. A good thing about breathing: you can do it anywhere and anytime and it doesn’t cost a thing! Even 5 minutes of slow, deep, conscious breathing once or twice a day can make a huge difference. When you catch yourself breathing a shallow breath into your chest, or not allowing yourself to completely exhale, slow down. Take a few deep breaths and be conscious of your self, just you…for a moment.
Ooooh one more, sorry, one of the most beautiful gifts we have as people is the ability to adapt and shift however we choose. Don’t like the road you’re on, turn left, turn right, heck, climb a tree if you’re looking for a better view. But whatever you do, enjoy it. Enjoy now, look forward to tomorrow and be grateful for yesterday because we are lucky, we are precious and brilliant and funny and curious and loveable and deserving.
Can’t end a blog without a little real estate so, while you’re enjoying the moment you’re in and being grateful for what you have, don’t forget…there’s no place like home;) I’m grateful that my job allows me to find people that peaceful, perfect place for them to call home!