A recent “Good Morning” quote got me thinking about the concept of love and how it affects our life.
Here’s what that quote said –
“Once in life do fall in love, not necessarily with a person but with an idea, a dream, an ambition….”
Each of us are passionate. This passion can be for our family, children, work, spouse….but what about life? Do we rise from our sleep each morning with the joyous sensation of “being in love” with life. Along with challenges, our life undoubtedly constitutes of all the blessings and elements of happiness that we currently enjoy. Do we rise everyday, keeping in mind everything that makes us smile each day and look forward to the day like an unopened beautifully wrapped ribbon decorated present?
How can we appreciate and love our life more?
Appreciate & Appreciate
A sense of gratitude for life adds immensely to the passion we have for life. Appreciate and be thankful for what contributes to the happiness in your life. many cannot dream of enjoying what we enjoy.
Know More People
Years ago, when my husband, Sanjay would make it a point to wish people everyday on their special days of their life, I would wonder, “Why does he bother wishing even strangers?”
Much later, I realized I was wrong. One of the most nourishing and enriching ways to savor life is not just by knowing more people, wishing them but also by learning from the interactions you have with them – everyday. Everyone teaches us something. They either inspire us to learn from their worthy emulating worthy qualities or they teach us not to make mistakes like they do.
Recently, an election that I contested in, but lost had given me a golden opportunity. The opportunity to know the interesting and encouraging people I came to know in the process and of course learn from the very event itself.
Today, like my exercise and other regular activities that enhance my day, I eagerly look forward to wishing acquaintances, well wishers, friends and family every day. This practice has become so important to me, that I feel disappointed when some rare days, I don’t have anyone whom I know celebrating their special days.
Focus on Seeing Something Special in People
Years ago, idiosyncrasies of people would rattle me to no small extent. Unfortunately that would be enough for me to lose interest in knowing them better. Looking back today, I realize that if we are willing to overlook differences in people, we would definitely see something positive in most people we come across. It just needs our willingness and patience to look for it.
Some may appear to be very different from us, but we may be surprised by what we may have in common with that person. That is only possible for us to find out by patiently making the efforts to know them.
Invest in Yourself – Go on a Life long Quest of Self Improvement
Everyday is full of opportunities for us to take up and work on improving ourselves. The more we invest ourselves, the higher the chances of us “falling in love” with life arises.
We all have projects that we wish to take up but either shelve them due to time constraints or other challenges. Take up what you can and enjoy those moments.
A couple of years ago, when I was taking a short break from Toastmasters, for a moment I wondered “What can I do constructively when I’m away from something that gives me a lot of fulfillment like Toastmasters?” That was when I started writing. From someone who used to have jitters thinking of what can I possibly write, today putting my thoughts on paper is something I look forward to everyday. I agree, there is improvement needed, but that is another story!
So the key is not always doing what you wish to do but doing what you like to do with the available resources and circumstances.
Make Efforts to Love what you Do
It may not be possible for us to only involve in doing activities we enjoy every minute of the day. Making efforts in including what you enjoy during the course of the day could bring about a positive mind shift that would work wonders for our attitude regarding the day.
The bitterness and anger that we carry with us is extremely destructive for our peace of mind, our happiness and progress. It is may not be possible to forget, but yes, it is a good idea to forgive. Forgiveness is perhaps more important because it affects the quality of our life in so many ways. It does not mean that you will be willing to have the person you forgave back in your life. On the contrary, it only means that you are willing to let them exist without their presence embittering our life.
Make a Conscious Effort to bring PASSION & LOVE into your Life.
When I set out to surprise my parents with a book, each day, the joy I experienced in compiling it, anticipating its completion and visualizing my parents’ surprise when they see the book, was thrilling! Till I moment I presented their book to them, I was smitten by a profound sense of happiness.
Enjoy life – every day, every moment and through every breath we make to exist.