I posted the above image on Instagram recently. But I feel like I want to say more.
With every #throwbackthursday and #flashbackfriday that goes by, we’re constantly reminded to look back on memories and reflect on them. We dig up the past, which can unravel feelings and emotions that we didn’t even know were there.
I DON’T think that looking back is a bad thing – I, myself love to remember times gone by and things I’ve seen, done and achieved. This isn’t the same though, as living in the past. Living in the past implies that you would rather be there rather than enjoying life in the present. Yearning for something that has been, robs you of truly loving life right now and that, I believe, can be a miserable place to be.
I’ve made a promise to myself to take action for greater appreciation of the life I lead and the things around me. The way you think about things, your perceptions and outlook affect your happiness and for me, that’s the most important thing in life…to be happy.
1) Slow Down
We live busy lives and often the hustle and bustle takes over. Take a few time outs in the day, just a few moments to fully appreciate the little things around you. I get up a few minutes early just to take in the mornings, enjoy breakfast, admire the sun rise. Utilise your senses and look a little closer, there’s actually SO much to take in.
2) Find A Job You Love
Easier said than done maybe. Sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. BUT at least take pride in your work. A miserable job is a miserable existence. Show up, make the effort and be damn proud of your achievements. If you love your job, you’ll quit wishing the days away and have a much more positive outlook on life.
3) Work Harder Now, For Later
Have a goal, have a plan, know where you’d like to be in 5 or 10 years time and aim bloody high. If you put in the graft now, it’ll pay off down the line. The only person that can control your future is YOU so get your head down and make it happen!
4) Get Closure on The Past
Carrying negative memories or past events around in your head can give you a heavy heart and really affect your ability to enjoy the now. Find a way to put them to bed, for good. Acknowledge, accept, forgive – do whatever you have to do to rid of resentment and other negative emotions. Once you draw the line, you’ll be free and can start afresh.
You know what they say, tidy desk/house, tidy mind. Too many material possessions can make you feel stressed and actually getting rid of unnecessary items in your life will help you think clearer and could affect your whole decision-making process day to day. Think minimal and less to be worried about.
The single most important thing you can do for happiness and one of my favourite things to do. Smiling is infectious. Do it more. Yes, even on the days you don’t feel like it. Find small pleasures in everyday practices and spread the love to those around you. It’s actually a great stress-reliever and an incredibly positive habit to get into.
I guess I’m just more focused to enjoy the here and now. Of course, I’m not perfect and I’m still working on it – some of these things come to me far more naturally than others but I’ll keep trying for sure.
“If you’re still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today”.
Yeah, true that.