I wasn’t happy most of my life. I worried about what what other people thought of me. I attached my well-being to other people’s behavior. I was troubled by my thoughts and feelings. I worked hard every day to be perfect, to be worthy, to be whole.
I wanted a better life yet I believed I wouldn’t be happy until… until I got someone else to approve of me… until someone else behaved the way I wanted them to behave… until I achieved some certain status such as marriage or promotion… until I overcame all my shortcomings and became the most caring, most compassionate, most helpful, smartest, most successful person I could be… until life got good.
I didn’t experience true happiness until I starting living and loving the life I have- not the life I wanted, the life I dreamed of, the life I wish I had- the life I have. Right now, today.
Sure, there were things I wanted to change. There were things I needed to change. I’m always reaching, growing, and changing for the better. But my happiness doesn’t come from the future- it’s right here, now.
To achieve the life I wanted I had to start living and loving the life I have today. The more I allowed myself to relax and enjoy each day, the more I enjoyed life and the more progress I made on the things I did want to change. It’s funny how it works that way.
I invite you to live and love the life you have today.
Let go of judgements and expectations. Stop waiting for everything to work out. Accept yourself as you are- perfectly imperfect.
Embrace all of life’s gifts- big and small. Be joyful for the sake of being joyful- not because something good happened. Celebrate your life- celebrate you!
It’s simple, really, even if just for a day, an hour, or a minute- be in love with your life just as it is today.
I love your comments! What will it take for you to be in the love with your life today? What’s holding you back that you will let go? How will you relax into this day instead of struggling against it?