When you’re mindful you see the beauty in the ordinary and pay attention to the extraordinary. It’s often expected that we should live to be as busy as possible, competitive and always working to achieve more.
When we live in a rushed manner we forget to take time for ourselves and our loved ones. We forget to be fully present in the moment and enjoy what we’re doing at the time. It takes all the fun out of life! Slow down, say thank you, be respectful, appreciate the little things, and most importantly, put yourself first so that you’re at your best to help and care for those around you. Turn your cheek when someone wrongs you. Stooping to a level that makes you uncomfortable in your own skin isn’t worth the short-lived satisfaction of “getting someone back.”
See the big picture, ground yourself in your goals, dreams and aspirations. Take time to process what you want in life, how you’re going to get there, and make sure you use your free time to do things you enjoy and that make you happy. Why do we spend so much time worrying about what others are doing, thinking and saying? Take a step back and decide that it’s okay to be different, to have your own opinions and to part ways when what you’re doing is no longer in your best interest.
Whether it’s in our business or personal life, it’s mindlessness to live on autopilot, to always go with the crowd, do what everyone else is doing and let people walk all over you. It’s sometimes difficult, but definitely more rewarding, when you stand up for yourself, live life through your values and morals and show respect for yourself and others. We often forget to look inside ourselves for the answers, strength and encouragement when we’re looking for direction. We tend to think the answers exist outside ourselves and that they’re floating around in the universe just waiting for us to find them. It’s empowering when you finally realize that the answers actually come from inside and that you’re in control of your life and destiny.
You are responsible for your actions, emotions and path. You are responsible for your own happiness. Don’t be afraid to do your own thing, as long as at the end of the day you can look in the mirror and approve of the person who is looking back.