“So many things become beautiful when you really look.” –Lauren Oliver
With the way our world works nowadays, with our eyes either closed, glued to screens, or rolling at others, it becomes hard to truly take in your surroundings. We’re bombarded by needing this or being late to buy that and with commercialism spinning the earth around its finger we lose sight of what’s important. Rudy Francisco delivers an empowering speech that is linked below about appreciating the life that we have, saying “You are still alive. You are still alive. Act like it.”
A key factor in waking up from sleepwalking is to appreciate. Be thankful for all that you have, from the people to the experiences to the opportunities. When we are negative and go day to day pining over what we don’t have, we focus all our energy there. When in turn, we could be directing it to more important aspects of our life such as relationships and activities.
The end of the world is a pretty drastic measure, but in Station Eleven The Symphony doesn’t let that stop them. They understand that though they may have borderline nothing, they still have each other and they still have what they love. Focusing on that the group travels to share that positivity and passion with anyone they can reach, and as a result are happier themselves. By making the most of their situation the Symphony is alive and well, despite the fact that the world may not be itself.
What is typically most difficult is finding those things to be thankful for. We compare our lives to others which detracts from the love we can feel about all that we do have. It is essential to make the best of the situation you are in, because when that is done it will be the only position you will want to be in.
It doesn’t have to be big. Upon realizing the sad state of our world, Neil Pasricha discovered the importance of acknowledge the little things in life and created the website 1000 Awesome things. The positivity and love the website promoted turned into over five books for Pasricha, and a whole lot of appreciation going around.
I’m going to leave the link to http://1000awesomethings.com/book/ here because I recommend the book because I like to read one entry daily. From #249: Putting a slice of lasagna on a plate and having it all stay together to #28: Popping bubble wrap to #275: Sundays – this website makes you thankful for all the awesome that life has to offer.
I’m also going to include a link from the blog Becoming A Minimalist: http://www.becomingminimalist.com/10-simple-steps-to-make-the-most-of-every-day/ . These are rules to live by when it comes to making each day of your own life special. We may live different lives, but as the author of the blog, Joshua Becker, says, “Today is among the greatest gifts we have ever been given.”
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