I have spent most of my … years on this earth learning a multitude of life lessons. Some of these life lessons have become a positive outcome from a negative situation and some I’ve been taught from those I love and trust to walk with me on my journey through life. My goal here is to pass on some of my experience and the ultimate benefits of adhering to these 5 simple but very important life lessons so that you may find yourself living your life to the fullest; rather than merely stumbling through it.
5 Rules for Living Healthy – Mental Health Awareness
I will not hunch my shoulders to the past – I will not allow myself to wallow in past choices. I will stand proudly on the choices I’ve made and go forward with confidence for my future. While we all take our past life-experiences and use them to gage how we may make subsequent life-choices, we must be careful not to get so caught up in past events so as to allow them to interfere with our present situation(s). Embrace the past but have an open mind toward whatever the future may bring.
You cannot control the actions of others; only your reaction to them – Often times when someone makes us angry we are acting upon how they make us feel. Not only can we not stop their actions, we are allowing them to have control over our reactions. So stop, take a breath, assess the situation, and discover that no matter how anyone else acts (about anything) it is of no concern to you, besides-of course-in the way you deal with the situation. Do not try to control others, do not give up control of yourself, and walk away if nothing else (is working) when you are faced with a negative situation.
Peace, Love, and Happiness – Sounds cliché doesn’t it? But read carefully: a peaceful existence and a life full of love-friends, family, the kindness of strangers, etc.-will lead to happiness. Peace is a given; I know there are those that prefer to cause turmoil all the time but why? And love, ah love; you find it in the oddest of places sometimes, but it will fill you up-with happiness. So…cheesy but true; be at peace, know love, and enjoy a happy life.
Negative begets negative; positive begets positive – Oh yes!!! Haven’t you ever wondered when you’re having a bad day why everything keeps going wrong? Hopefully you only have one of those days every now and then. But when you surround yourself with negativity you tend to make things worse by always being negative. Your attitude is poor, your life is awful, and you even dislike when good things happen to other people. STOP. “Change the ‘tude, dude”, as I tell my daughter; and be amazed by how the power of positive thinking will completely change your life. Become a positive person and discover that even when negative events occur you can get past them with an over all positive attitude.
Believe in yourself and the rest will follow – The first person you must take care of is you. Sounds selfish doesn’t it? But think about it. If you do not believe in yourself and how you live your life then you aren’t likely to be able to help others. And helping others does not have to be a conscious effort on your part. If you believe in your goodness; if you believe in your strengths; if you believe that what you do makes a difference; then you believe in yourself; and this will be obvious to others. The rest will follow – this does not mean that all others will follow you around wanting to be just like you. Believe in yourself first. And be selfishly satisfied with what happens because of that.
Gary Robinov (personal experience)
Marlo Thomas (quoting her father, Danny Thomas, Reader’s Digest, 2007)
Please note: This author has had copious experience living a miserable existence. She has also enjoyed the benefits of following the above 5 rules and much prefers the latter. Embrace life; live life and truly enjoy it. The alternative is just to stumble through life; and where’s the fun in that?
If you believe the preceding, you may also find the following true too:
5 Things I Hate About You
5 Things I Love About You
…and yes, even I have bad days too:
Today Just Plain Sucks (a rant from the ridiculously nice San at YouTube)