How We Can LOVE More!

“If I ever forget to mention how much I appreciate you being in my life, how you’ve helped me become a better person, this post is for you. 😊

I may not always show it. I may not always say it. I may only show it in the smallest of gestures. I may only say it in the briefest of words. 🔠

So it’s why I write this post to share with you now. If I haven’t told you today, yesterday, or any day that I appreciate you in my life, let it be known now.” 💬

Let’s pay it forward right now! 👍

📌 Tell someone how much they mean to you.

📌 Share with them why they’re important in your life.

📌 Let them know the qualities you admire in them.

📌 Acknowledge what they’ve done to help you become a better person.

📌 Explain about how different your life would be had you never met them. .

Lastly, tell them to spread the same message to one of their loved ones, friends or family. 👥

Let this become a chain reaction of appreciation and gratitude! 🙏

While we all get caught up in our everyday lives, staying busy and working hard, it’s easy to forget the Little Things, the connections that make us all human. ❤️

Some people in this world have not heard appreciation from someone in a very long time. Perhaps you’ll be the first one to make it happen! 😊

How You DEAL With Uncertainty!

🌟 The one thing we can be certain about…is life will be uncertain. 🌟

So what should we do, if we cannot always guarantee the future will be what we hope it will be? Should we fall into despair and just give up? 😭

Not at all! You’ve just embraced the first step forward. The first step is to acknowledge what is! 🎊

🗣️ “So what’s Step 2, Donald?!” 🗣️

💪 Embrace the Uncertainty!!! 💪

📍 Embrace every time expectation of yours that’s not met. 📍 Embrace every problem you come across.

📍 Embrace all the Uncertainty with confidence: “I knew I would see you again, Uncertainty! Welcome back!” 😂

Because Uncertainty will always return, no matter how much you wish it away. So instead of us trying to avoid him, let’s accept he’s here to stay. It’s only when we can move forward! 👣

And you’re not alone! Uncertainty is here with ALL of us! We’re in this together! ❤️

🌟 It’s only when we accept Uncertainty that we dare to live more freely. 🌟

Why the Sky is a REMINDER!

A couple days ago I was out on my morning run. As usual I woke up early, got my clothes on, put my earbuds in, and was off! 💨

But on this particular day I caught a glimpse of the morning sky, and I fell into a trance. Of course I had caught glimpses of the sky many times before, but today stood out. 👀

A thought crossed my mind: “When was the last time I actually looked up at the sky, I mean REALLY looked at the sky?” 🤔

Have you ever taken a moment to just pause…and simply appreciate what is all around us? 😊

🗣️ “It’s just a sky, Donald! It’s everywhere! It’s nothing special!” 🗣️

It’s not just about the sky.

🌎 It’s a reminder of the planet we all live on, the only planet human beings inhabit.

☁️ It’s a reminder of the clouds, how they are ever-changing each and every day.

☀️ It’s a reminder of the sun, that without its light our whole civilization would perish.

🌌 It’s a reminder of our universe, that we live on but a mere speck of what is estimated to have billions of other galaxies besides our own.

There are so many things we take for granted each day which grant us the very gift of life. 🎁

And THAT is what the sky reminded me of that day! 😊

So whenever you feel you have a big problem in your life, or you simply want to be reminded of a greater perspective, I encourage you: look up. Because it’s always available to us! ❤️

Why Fear OVERSTAYS Its Welcome! (PERSONAL)

👊 FEAR HAS OVERSTAYED ITS WELCOME! 👊

I’ve been afraid of rejection. ❌

I’ve been afraid of being misunderstood. 👤

I’ve been afraid of not belonging. 😨

Fear has spoken to me on MANY occasions, always knocking on the door of my mental home, including the very moment before I broke this board at#GYLS2019. 🏠

Fear is the primal instinct that lies within us all, the emotion which once used to be a necessity for our ancestor’s very survival. 💯

But here, now in our modern society, Fear has long overstayed its welcome. 👍

👊 FEAR HAS OVERSTAYED ITS WELCOME! 👊

Why? Because so many of us are now living in a day and age we’re no longer struggling to get our basic needs met. We’re no longer face-to-face with Death the way our ancestors were. 👥

I always remember this when I talk to my grandmother about her past and what she had to go through in her life. 👵

As a child, she didn’t know when she would get her next meal. Her family couldn’t always afford enough food for every child. She told me how hard it was on her mother not being able to afford to feel all her children an adequate meal. 😔

I compare the life she had to the ones many of us are privileged to live today, the amount of food and options we have available to us today, not a thought in our mind on whether we will get dinner or not. 🥗

It’s why every time I go to her house she offers me more food than I will ever eat. And when I tell her I’m full, she always will eventually offer me dessert! 🍪

You could say: “That’s just what grandmas do!” But I also remind myself she had a very different upbringing, one which most of us have never had to experience. She was raised in a time where she had no choice but to learn firsthand the value of not taking what she was given for granted.

It’s no wonder why today she’s such a selfless soul in so many areas of her life: she knows what it’s like to have very little, and she never wanted that for her family ever again. ❤️

I’ve learned a lot from her about being selfless. Hearing about her life’s problems have helped me come to understand the “problems” I complain about today are so minuscule in comparison. Compared to hers, I have it real easy!

One thing I can also assure you: when you open yourself to other perspectives on life, your views will expand in kind.

👊 FEAR HAS OVERSTAYED ITS WELCOME! 👊

And yet, Fear in our society has found a new home in our lives. But it’s no longer here to help us in getting our basic needs met. It’s migrated into new territory, into far more trivial matters:

😨 Fear our friend is ignoring us because they didn’t text us back

😨 Fear eating food will make us sick because it’s not labeled Organic

😨 Fear not having cell phone reception while traveling

😨 Fear our child won’t get into the prestigious college we want them getting into

These types of “problems” are jokingly referred to today as “First World Problems”. To put it another way: where Fear was once useful for our very survival has now migrated its way into the most trivial matters of our lives.

👊 FEAR HAS OVERSTAYED ITS WELCOME! 👊

It’s not to say Fear isn’t an important emotion or that we should get rid of it altogether. It’s to simply say Fear is not required in the same way it use to be. 👍

It doesn’t have to be inside our mental homes so much anymore. 😊

We are blessed to live in a day and age where the “problems” we care about today pale in comparison to the ones our ancestors once had to deal with. 🤲

And that’s why I punched through that board: because I decided trivial “problems” weren’t going to run my life anymore! Moments before breaking it I wrote on it “Fear of Rejection” and put an X right through it!

👊 FEAR HAS OVERSTAYED ITS WELCOME! 👊

I’m not saying goodbye to Fear forever. I will happily welcome Fear back the day a life-or-death situation actually arises. But for now, I let Fear know I’m staying in charge.

I am in charge of Fear! Fear is not in charge of me! 💪

💥 BOOM! 💥

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