“Imagine every day to be the last of a life surrounded with hopes, cares, anger and fear. The hours that come unexpectedly will be much the more grateful.” – Horace
As a woman who strives to live each day to the fullest, this quote nicely sums up my philosophy on life. Life is out there, waiting for us to take advantage of it, and each of us could benefit from a more positive outlook.
By learning to make each day count, by living every day as it if were our last and learning to put a positive spin on the pitfalls and tragedies of life, we can be happier, more well-rounded individuals with a greater appreciation for life and everything in it.
Even at our lowest points, it’s important to take a moment to appreciate everything we already have. I’m sure there’s at least one thing you can always be grateful for, be it a supportive family, a close-knit network of friends, or even a pottery class that allows you to relax and unwind at the end of a long day. Whatever makes you happy in life, it’s important to focus on that instead of what’s getting you down. I don’t mean we should shove our problems under the proverbial rug and pretend they don’t exist; instead, learn to resolve internal conflict by reveling in the positive aspects of your life and knowing you will be a stronger person when you get through the latest bump in the road.
If you’re a cynical person as I was (and still catch myself being at times,), this happy-go-lucky attitude can be easier said than done. However, as with all things, an attitude adjustment takes time. You wouldn’t expect to learn how to make a 10-course gourmet meal your first time in the kitchen, just as you can’t expect to view every aspect of life in a positive way if you’ve never done it before.
Start small. Right now, make a list of everything you are truly grateful and appreciative of in your life. Then, come up with a few motivational phrases that can help put you in a better frame of mind and stick these on post-it notes around the house in areas where you will be able to see them every day. When you are feeling sad or upset, look at these notes and your list and remind yourself that happiness is all around you — all you have to do is go out and grab it by the hands.
By learning to focus on the things that make you happiest in life, you will be able to appreciate what you already have instead of wanting more. Seriously, I cannot impress upon you how important it is to live each day as if it will be your last day on earth.
We don’t know when we’ll be taken from this world, and we don’t know when a loved one will be gone, either. With that being said, enjoy the company of those you love and don’t be shy about telling them how you feel. Also, enjoy the company of yourself! Do things that make you happy and life won’t seem so bad.
Strive to live each day to its fullest potential, and you will notice a huge difference in your outlook on life. Remember, life is what you make it. Don’t you want to make it count?