Are YOU doing enough today?
Are you doing enough at your job? I’m sure you could be doing better. What about your health? Your eating clean. But are you exercising? Are you getting daily sun exposure? Are you working on your emotions? Are your kids happy? Is your wife happy? When does it end? Most of us are taught something here. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DOING ENOUGH! There is always something else we could be doing better. There is always something we could be resolving. So where do we find a balance? Many people are truly not doing enough. Many of us are trying to do too much. So how do we figure this out?
PRIORITIZE: Create priorities for your life. We tend to focus too much on the things that don’t really matter and not enough on the stuff that really matters. The ironic thing here? When we focus on the stuff that REALLY matters, we find that we don’t strive so much on the little things. What are the things I would advise working on? Focus on the big things in life first. GOD, FAMILY, HEALTH, RELAXATION, PASSION, PURPOSE, INNER PEACE AND HAPPINESS, FRIENDSHIPS, etc. Don’t stress so much about how clean your car is, how much you can bench press, what your “macronutrient” ratios are, what you are NOT doing, etc. These just are not important. In fact, when we find ourselves focusing too much on TRYING to be perfect on superficial things; it often tells us that we are not listening to something bigger going on. Why do you feel the need to vacuum your house every day? Why do you feel like you have to defend yourself against what people think about you? Why do you change the channel to avoid viewing something uncomfortable to you? We need to build our houses with the proper foundations. Tomorrow I will discuss the proper way to do this. In the meantime, remember you’re a human being. Remember that most of us are doing the best we can. Often, it is WHERE we are putting our efforts that is the problem. Remember to take time to rest and relax. Remember you ARE doing enough in a lot of areas in your life. =)
Sometimes it gets really hard to laugh, especially during tough times. Sometimes it appears as though there is nothing to smile about. Maybe we are in extreme amounts of mental and physical pain. Maybe we just lost our job. Maybe our relationships are not working out the way we want them to. Smile.
Happiness is a HUGE part of health. Why would we even want to be living here if not to be happy? We seem to waste a lot of time and energy getting in the way of our own happiness. Where does this come from? Usually from fear. We are afraid of what people think, afraid of our health challenges, afraid of relationship issues, etc. So we learn to stay away from happiness. Happiness is a vulnerability. Who has time for that? =)
But seriously, life needs to be worth living. Happiness is one of the things that makes it worth living. There are several aspects to this which I will go into over the next few posts. Smiling is the first. So what about it?
Smiling is underrated =)
We tend to think of the bigger and grander positive emotions such as joy, peace, love, and laughter. But don’t underestimate the power of the simple smile. A smile can brighten another person’s day. It can take you from sad to OK. There are days when it is very difficult to laugh and I understand that. But try to crack a smile here and there. If nothing else but to smile at the human condition. Honestly I can’t smile about it without laughing as well. We take things so seriously here yet we really are so miniscule we may as well enjoy the ride. Being serious all the time means being inflexible. Let’s start opening up to the little things that make us smile. Here are a few ideas.
-Buy something silly just to be silly. The other day I bought a small pack of “angry bird” pencil toppers. I smile every time I look at them. Other options are comic books, magazines, silly books, whatever will bring a little smile about your face.
-See the irony in life. How small we are and how animalistic we are and ridiculous we can be. Smile at YOURSELF!
You never know; that smiling may just lead to laughing. And P.S. if that picture doesn’t make you smile you are in trouble =)