I hate being absent. Whether it’s absence from work, from my thoughts & productivity, or even from this blog, I don’t enjoy it. Not one bit. I am a person who strives to be present in everything that I do. To live life mindlessly by only going through the motions and nothing more is truly depressing.
This is exactly why I find time to focus on the things that truly matter. If you need a day to yourself, take it. If you’re upset and need comfort, seek it. If you feel like relaxing, do so and thoroughly enjoy it. If you know you need a vacation, take one.
In the meantime, keep these lessons in mind.
- Realize your dreams. Have a vision of your goals. Write them down and create a list of actions to help you stick to your plan. If you can’t measure it, how can you expect to manage it?
- Overcome your fears. The best way to learn or face something is to dive right into it. When you overcome your fear of failure, you learn that only those who are asleep make no mistakes. Fear is the only thing keeping you from experiencing a life of love and fulfillment. Make a commitment to an uncompromisable quest for truth and you’ll realize that as you grow more into truth, your fears will diminish.
- Know your intentions and desires. Your thoughts determine your reality. When you stop thinking about what you don’t want and being thinking about what you do want, your life will begin to transform. Instead of working against your desires and intentions, help yourself align with them.
- Find Happiness. Happiness comes from an inner peace, an understanding and acceptance of life. It is a perspective of truth that opens your eyes to the beauty of life all around you. Happiness cannot be achieved by external status; it must be an internal state that you realize when you see your innate imperfections.
- Seek Self Acceptance. When you stop trying to be what you are not, you’ll realize your authenticity. It’s easy to create an image of perfection in your mind of what you should be, but you are not. Never go against yourself. Practice non-judgment and realize that the same part of your mind that condemns you is the same voice that caused you to take the action in the first place.
- Embrace Appreciation and Gratitude. How many times do you count your misfortunes rather than your blessings? Take the time to open your eyes to the miracle of life and see how many gifts have been given to you. Remember all of the beautiful aspects of life and all the reasons you are blessed. Focusing on these things can immediately shift your mood from sorrow and despair to appreciation and hope.
- The Art of Simplicity. Perfection is a state when there is not nothing to add, but when there is nothing more to take away. Remove distractions and eliminate clutter. True mastery of our lives is realizing the simple joys of life and all it has to offer.