sometimes the best thing to do in life is turn the phone off and literally disconnect from the outside world. a rather spontaneous trip to palm springs (ie: my friend calling me at 10am saying, “i’m picking you up in an hour. we’re going to palm springs for the weekend.”) turned out to be exactly what the doctor ordered : relaxation. the past couple of months, i’ve felt myself being spread far too thin. between starting my new job and traveling, my personal life has been a meticulous balance of exercise, dinners, family, friends, blogging, and oh yeah… life.
although my anxiety is nearly nonexistent, it’s a daily conscious effort of reminding myself the following 5 points:
1. “life is good” – no really, i promise it is. if you have air in your lungs, there is always hope. and as my mother always says, “when someone has hope, they have everything.”
2. “be where your feet are” – someone told me this when i was feeding the homeless 6 months ago. i was going through a lot of personal things, and although i didn’t confide in her the situation, she simply told me that quote. it rung a bell. stop over planning the future, and stop replaying the past. look down, take note of where you are and savor that moment (even if the moment isn’t a positive one). life is about living present moment to present moment.
3. “it’s not about me” – the world revolves on a greater plane and definitely not around me. the real problems in the world circle around child hunger, gender/sexual/religious persecutions, animal cruelty, brutal diseases, and global warming. so while i can sulk that things didn’t go my way, i rather anchor my thoughts to seeing how i can make a positive contribution in the world. it’s not about me. it’s about us.
4. “to thine own self be true” – turning 30 was a pivotal moment in my life. i can proudly say that at this point in my life i’ve gotten to know myself pretty well… what i like, what i don’t like, how to handle situations, how not to handle situations, my strengths, my weaknesses, what makes me tick, what makes me calm. i don’t need to defend myself, my life or my beliefs to anyone. i know who i am to this point and i can rest my head every night knowing that i really am trying my best to be the best version of myself. own the mistakes of the past, but more importantly owning the triumph over it.
5. “gratitude” – this has been my 2014 mission, to never let a day go by where i am not grateful for my life. when i feel like things aren’t going my way, i’m shifting my perspective to “well, what is going my way?” focusing on the positive instead of the problem has been crucial.
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