If you want to get the most out of life, answer these questions.
Do you put your own needs on the back burner? – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too. Yes, help others; but not at the expense of yourself. Do something that matters to you, follow your passion.
Do you hold onto the past? – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one. Take decisive action. Making progress involves risk, but no one makes it to second base with their foot on first.
Do you procrastinate? – Putting off or ignoring a problem usually creates more trouble. Nobody likes to deal with unpleasant situations because it forces us beyond our comfort zones.
Do you overlook the beauty of small moments? – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things. The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
Do you follow the path of least resistance? – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t take the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.
Do you act like everything is fine when it isn’t? – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while. You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there’s no need to constantly prove that everything is going well. You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears. The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
Do you worry too much? – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy. One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years?” If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
Do you focus on what you don’t want to happen? – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
Following these suggestions will help you get the most out of life.
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Golden Heart® Finalist
There are several versions of this story going around. Here’s my donkey tale.
One day a farmer’s donkey fell into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided to share his problem with his neighbors.
They all gathered around the well and stared at the poor, braying donkey. One-by-one, the neighbors offered solutions – some good, some bad – for getting the animal out. The farmer listened to their ideas, and then choose the one he thought would work the best.
He and his friends formed a water bucket brigade. With each bucket of water they poured into the well, the donkey floated upward until he was able to step out.
The farmer thanked his neighbors and they left with a feeling of good cheer that they had helped save the animal.
Sometimes our troubles seem so deeply buried in a well that we can’t see a solution, but help is within our reach if we just ask.
- Don’t hide your problems and let them go from bad to worse.
- Seek help from those around you.
- Listen to their ideas with an open mind.
- Decide what’s best for your situation, and then work diligently on the solution.
- Let others feel good for offering their advice.
What do you do when life dumps you in a hole? Please leave a comment.
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