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! 😊

Why Not EVERY Voice in Your Head Matters!

“How could I be so stupid?!” 😫

“Why do I keep making the same mistake?!” 😫

“Why can’t I do anything right?!” 😩

These are things I use to say to myself! 🙋‍♂️

Did you know we are our harshest self critics? There’s no one out there that can criticize and cause us as much mental stress as the critic within our minds! 🧠

Why does this voice exist?!

📍 It is the echoes of other people’s opinions about you. You believe these opinions, no matter how empty they are, have some element of truth to them.

📍 It is when the expectations you hold for yourself are not met. Your survival brain doesn’t like change/uncertainty.

But here’s the #1 thing I want you to remember: IT’S JUST A VOICE! 🗣️

🌟 You don’t have to identify with every voice that pops into your head. 🌟

Throughout the day you’re going to have many voices come into your mind. But the best part is you don’t have to embrace every voice as fact. 😁

If there’s anything meditation taught me, the mind is like the weather: it’s always changing from one condition to the next. 🧘‍♂️

🧠 Allow the Voice of the Critic to speak in your mind. Accept the criticism unconditionally (be indifferent). And pretty soon you will hear less and less of the Voice. 🧠

In other words, there’s plenty more voices in your mind worth holding on to. Just not this one! ❤️

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 EVERYONE (and No One) Has “The Solution”!

Ladies and gentlemen: I present to you something NO ONE has ever said before! EVER! Not a single person! It’s 100% ORIGINAL! What I share will SHOCK you! 😱
Well I have AMAZING news for you! No need to THINK about it any longer! No need to ASK any more questions! No need to WORRY! 😅
Because I…Donald Arteaga…Are you ready for this…?! 😱
I’m not sure you’re ready! 😶
Are you REALLY sure?!?! 😈
I…Donald Arteaga…have THE SOLUTION to all your problems! 🥳
🗣️ “…Wait! What?!” 🗣️
Okay, I was being a bit silly there! 🤣
But I do have a point! Online, EVERYONE has “their way”. Everyone has their “solutions”. Their “keys”. Their “answers”. Their “secrets to success”. I have nuggets of my own I share, and I genuinely hope it adds value to your life! ❤️
But I also want to remind you that all of us who share content and stuff like this are also only human, including myself. 👤
The problem some of them forget to mention: “Their way” is just one of MANY ways. I have “my way” too, and I don’t ask that you blindly accept it either. 💯
Perhaps I’m doing a disservice to the hierarchical structure of Salesperson and Consumer, Teacher and Student, Influencer and Viewer to point this out. 😱
But in my opinion, it never hurts to be given this reminder when you have everyone marketing for your attention (including me)! 😁
Because if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s that you don’t grow when someone provides you all the “solutions”, all the answers to your problems. You can grow from information, but you also grow from experience, from doing the hard work, and from discovering the answers for yourself. 🔎
We’re all in one form or another doing the best we can with the resources we have, sharing the bits of wisdom we know with our limited understandings of the universe. 🌌
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t say this in a negative way! I’m not saying what people offer isn’t useful or that you should ignore us. I’m not saying expertise doesn’t matter either.
I mean you wouldn’t want a toddler over a trained surgeon performing heart surgery right? 🤣

My main point is I don’t want you to lose your autonomy, to decide for yourself what you find is useful and is helpful to your life. I’m not the final destination for all the answers! 
I don’t want to tell you what to think. I want to encourage you to think and let the ideas I share simmer in your minds, not blindly accept them. And feel free to disagree, and we can have a conversation! 🤝
I won’t claim I have all the answers because I don’t. And even if the other people online won’t admit it, I will tell you neither do they. Again, it’s not a bad thing but just the truth. 🤷‍♂️
I’ve come to the conclusion this world is filled with many paradoxes and contradictions. For every subjective statement treated as an absolute by one, you’ll find there will always be some exception to the rule. 😫
Pick up a Philosophy book and you’ll see what I mean! 🤯
Everyone has “their way”. Everyone has their “solutions”. Their “keys”. Their “answers”. Their “secrets to success”. 🔢
…But you also must decide what is helpful to you too. I want to make sure you also have a say in this final decision. Much love! ❤️