I was speaking to an acquaintance who seemed to have the perfect life. I’d often thought, “I wished I was as together as she was.” From the outside, she seemed to have an intriguing profession, a fun social life and financial security.
As I got to know her, she revealed she was lonely, and had huge financial and physical issues. I had judged her on her bubbly personality and her appearance.
Once I got her real story, I realized how blessed I was. We never know what someone’s real life is like. We only know what they show us.
The next time you wish you had someone else’s life, stop and count your own blessings.
Happiness is an attitude. We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong. The amount of work is the same.
Have you ever wondered why an annoying person is in your life?
When someone in your life is getting on your nerves or causing you misery, he or she is there for a reason. One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn is that the people in my life are reflection of me.
The next time someone rubs you the wrong way, ask yourself why. Does this person remind you of how you used to be? Can you remember a time in your life when you behaved like them?
Often, when we grow and change, we want to discard our old parts and forget they existed. When we remember that we once acted like that annoying person, we can be more tolerant.
This does not mean we have to keep them in our lives, but we can be more forgiving by remembering we were once like them. After all, if we can change, so can they.
I used to judge myself by what others were doing with their lives. Because I compared myself to the best – the educated, the professional, the talented – I was left feeling worthless.
I have learned to value my unique skills and traits.
We were put on this earth to do different things. Stop comparing yourself to others. Pay attention to the praise and respect you receive from others. Remember, the same way you admire others, there are people who envy you.
Have you ever wondered why a relationship or friendship ended? Often, we spend time with people who we think will be in our lives forever, then they’re gone. Sometimes the end is abrupt, other times we just drift away.
One or both of you can grow and change in ways that take you down new paths. If your new outlooks complement each other, you can begin a new and beautiful journey together. If not, you may separate.
This process is natural. You may feel some sadness at the loss of a dear friend or lover, but appreciate the love you had. It was right for you at that time in your life. Move on with joy.
I’ve always been a big goal maker. I list my of goals and love checking them off as I accomplish them. Sometimes I’m so focused on my target, I forget to take joy in the journey.
My point is when you are racing to get something done, remember to take joy in the process.
If you’re baking, smell the sweetness of the batter. When you’re writing an article, enjoy your research. While you’re running a 5K race, remember to feel the breeze on your skin.
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