Stop Surviving. Stop Existing. Start Living.
We've been searching for a deeper meaning of existence. A new perspective. A new way of doing things.
For the longest time, we were just existing. Our main goal was trying to get through the day. At night, once our heads hit the pillow, there was a sigh of relief that we had one more day behind us. We survived. However, panic would set in and we would start thinking, “How are we going to get through tomorrow?”
We should be able to wake up and greet each day as a new adventure and excited about the opportunities ahead. It’s hard to feel the warmth of the sun and see the brightness of the day when you’re drowning in quick sand. It takes everything in you not to suffocate. There were days we were gasping for air, anxiety consumed our every thought and there was not a passage way for joy to seep in.
Everyone has a different perspective about what it means to live and be happy. I believe it begins with awakening your senses to make yourself feel good again and I know you're asking yourself, “How do I do this?”
You have to start by taking care of your health physically, mentally and emotionally, in order to repair yourself to make the most out of life. Christine Langley-Obaugh says, “We repeat what we don’t repair.”
Whether you’ve experienced hardship through illness, loss, or otherwise, sometimes we need an alternative path to take control of our life.
Take personal inventory of where you are at. Think about the best time of your life.
Where were you?
What were you doing?
Who were you surrounded by and how did it make you feel?
In contrast, where are you now? What’s missing? What needs to change? It can be as simple as writing things down you enjoy.
Journaling is great therapy. It shows you where you’ve been and how far you’ve come. It can even show you how taking one step forward each day is a positive sign. Don’t expect overnight success. We are all a work in progress.