Is there a difference between living and existing? Certainly there is. However, you have to be willing to lose sight of the sea-shore or that immediate space of comfort. Are you willing to leave the shore and live?
Life is for living and you should live it. Feel free to express your authentic self, because if you are not doing so, you are expressing someone else’s. It is plain and simple, if you aren’t living your life, you are not living. The first time I heard the phrase “Are you living?” I thought to myself – of course I am living. I am alive. Right! Not knowing that living was more than just being alive. Then I didn’t have any idea on what I wanted to do, my thoughts weren’t all positive and for the most part I would refuse to acted out of fear. It was Nelson Mandela who said, “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” There is no reason for you to live your life to someone else’s opinion of you. I thought so, when I was told I would not amount to anything. Which I will write about on future post titled “They Lie to me”. Someone may think you can’t, but the truth is YOU CAN! Step into your greatness! Don’t be scared, do something new for once as you explore possibility!
Let’s start living…! Remember what Oliver Wendell Holmes said, “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” By saying that you know that you have within you whatever it takes to be. I WANT TO LET YOU KNOW, IF YOU HAVE AN IDEA OF WHAT YOU WANT OUT OF LIFE. YOU ARE ON A GOOD START FOR MORE THAN JUST EXISTING!
A great way to start living is to give love. LOVE OR ALL HUMANITY is very important in the process of living. Living is being you. Living is accepting you. Living is doing what you love. Living is taking chances. Living is letting others know that they are important. Living is giving a smile. Living is being in the moment. Living is listening. Living is giving God thanks. Living is listening to your inner voice. LIVE!
To move beyond existing you want to Energize Your Thoughts. Your thoughts are very important, especially when it comes on to you living. You can energize your thoughts by the things you listen to, the things you read, the people who you let talk into your life, etc. A person who decides to live will develop a more optimistic way of looking at life. I am not saying that you should ignore reality, what I’m saying is that you ensure your reaction to daily situations be positive. If your thoughts are positive, you will more in-tune to act in a similar fashion. You have the choice on the way you would love to energize your thoughts, but bear in mind you are on this journey to live. This is what Willie Nelson said if we change our thoughts to positive, “Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” When you think positively you increase your self-esteem and your confidence level will also increase.
To move beyond existing you want to Find Your Passion. If you want to be truly happy, pursue what you are passionate about. Doing what you love will give you a feeling of joy and excitement as you look forward in doing the thing you love daily. It is simple not easy but you want to do YOU. As Kirk Nugent would say pursue your passion which becomes his signature. I want you to pursue your passion and start your journey of living. He also said, “Don’t you dare die with your greatness buried within you.” That is if you don’t do what you love to do or what excites you, the world will not get the gift you should have passed onto us. And it was Oprah Winfrey who said, “Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” Let’s start living!
To move beyond existing you want to Be Positive. You have the choice on being positive. It is up to you if you want to or not. It was Robert H. Schuller who said, “It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts.”
To move beyond existing you want to Face Your Fears. Our fear stops a lot of people so many times from pursuing their life’s goal. In fact fear is one of those emotions that cause many people not to live. Fear forces one to accept the mere exiting so they settle for whatever life brings to them. It is out of fear they refuses to go fort and see what else that life have to offer. It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, “He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.”
To move beyond existing you want to Be Thankful. Thankful for everything that life gives you. It was Alan Cohen who said, “Appreciation is the highest form of prayer, for it acknowledges the presence of good wherever you shine the light of your thankful thoughts.”
- Refuse to major in minor things.
- Choose to do the things that brings you joy.
- Master your choices. When you do, you will not live someone’s opinion of you!