Living with this awareness made me start to question my attitude and to look at life a little differently than I had in the past. Life is inevitable. Life has good times and life has bad times. There are also millions of ok times. And there's lots of amazing times, awe inspiring times, beautiful times, peaceful times, contented times and hilarious times. In the mix unfortunately there will also be terrible times. Heart wrenching times, gut aching times, physically painful times, stressful times, sad times and so much more.
The thing is, we've only got one life, here and now, on this earth, as it is, with this particular group of humans around us. We don't know how many days we've got, just that we're here and that we feel.
If I live every day for the weekend, I miss five out of seven days of my life, just being ok, or just surviving. If I live worrying about what might come, I miss enjoying what I have right now. And what am I showing my children? How does my attitude towards life effect their attitudes and in turn, their lives?
Looking at the lives of others, in lands far removed has also changed how I see life. In India, on my recent trip with World Vision, I got to meet children, young adults and adults who, given some of their circumstances, in comparison to my circumstances, should, (by my original ideals of life), be wallowing in self pity for the unfair dealing of life they've been given. Except, that they weren't.
They were living life. They were living life, making the most of what they had and they were doing it with a smile at the ready.
Witnessing so much joy for just the most basic things in life definitely made me reconsider how I find my joy. Happiness is infectious and more than living a "good" life, filled only with "good" moments, I want to live a happy life, filled with as much joy as I can cram in. Not only do I want happiness, but I want to be able to find it wherever possible. I want to find it in the boring times and to try to look for it when things are bad. I want to lead by example for my children, and help them to find happiness in the little things. To appreciate what they have. To love and be loved. To help others. To live the best lives that they can, and I think so much of that has to do with how we choose to look at life.
- reading with your kids
- sponsoring a child and providing a better life and happiness for others
- going to the beach and feeling the sand on your toes as you watch the waves rolling in and out
- telling someone you love them
- feeling the wind on your face
- sipping a hot cup of coffee
- listening to music and singing along at the top of your voice
- getting into bed with fresh sheets
- catching up with a friend you've not seen in ages
- standing barefoot on freshly mowed grass
- doing a favour for someone
- the smell of the earth after the rain
- starting a brand new notebook
- walking a dog
- going to the zoo
- anything to do with animals actually
- feeling weightless in a pool
- having a big drink of water when you're really thirsty
- loving someone
- being loved
- so many foods, I can't help it, some foods are just happiness and if I break it down the list will be too long
- secretly watching your kids playing make believe
- drawing with a brand new set of markers
- watching tv you love
- hearing the rain on your roof while tucked up in bed
- going through a car wash
- realising it's only Saturday when you think it's Sunday
- collecting pebbles and building them as tall as you can
- sitting outside late at night in complete silence with no sounds around
- reorganising something
- reading a book
- thinking about everything you have
- thinking about the people you love
- writing a proper letter and mailing it, with a stamp and everything
- helping out others
- calling your mum or best friend
- having a break from technology
- getting outside
- trying something new
- learning a new skill
- swinging on a swing
- being kind
Ok, this could go on forever. I really could just keep writing but I think that's enough for now. What have I missed? What makes you happy?
Look where else we are. Are you following along? :)
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