Day #4 of Self Love
“What things make you happy to be alive?”
Every day we are determined to take something in our lives for granted. Whether that be a hot shower, comfortable shoes, our soft pillow and blanket that help us sleep at night, or the coffee in the morning that gets us motivated to conquer the hectic day ahead of us. Because we are so use to having those things day in and day out, we can forget how big of a part they play in our lives when we do not have them. When trying to achieve self love, it is important to realize all of your surroundings and figure out what really, truly makes you happy to be alive.
A few examples of things that make me (and should make you) happy to be alive:
1.) My Ability to Move
I am so grateful that God has blessed me with the abilities I have. My body is able to run, jump, do yoga, ride a bike, hike, swim (not very good), lift weights, even walk. My physical body is something I take for granted and sometimes forget that there are others who maybe do not have those same abilities. It makes me happy knowing that I am able to do those things to keep myself healthy, mentally and physically. It also makes me happy knowing that I am capable to explore the world around me as well as challenge myself to do more!
2.) My Education
As much as it stresses me out, chemistry in particular, I am so happy I can attend a university to learn, study, and have an education. I am always thinking about others in 3rd world countries and remember how fortunate I am to have, as crazy as it sounds, school, as well as the ability to get a good job to then inspire and help others live a happier and healthier life! My education is something that definitely makes me happy to be alive.
3.) My Hope
Having hope that one day I will be with God in eternity makes me happy to be alive. Having hope in others makes me happy to be alive.
“The very purpose of our lives is happiness, which is sustained by hope. We have no guarantee about the future, but we exist in the hope of something better. Hope means keeping going, thinking, ‘I can do this.’ It brings inner strength, self-confidence, the ability to do what you do honestly, truthfully and transparently.” – Dalai Lama
100 likes on Instagram, 700+ Facebook friends, and 1,000 retweets on Twitter should not be the things that make you happy to be alive. Living in the here and now, counting your blessings, and the wonderful things that we take for granted should be those things that make us happy to be alive. You do not need money, the newest IPhone, Gucci shoes, or something that someone else has to be happy and live your best life.
I hope you do not take this message the wrong way, for I am not trying to be a “look what I have that you don’t” type of person. We are all blessed in different ways and have different things that make us happy to be alive.
I encourage you to search with in yourself and make a list of the things that make you happy to be alive and put it somewhere you can see it every day to achieve full self love. If you feel down, just look at your list and remember you have been blessed beyond measures and should be happy with what you have.
May peace, love, joy, and gratitude be with you always.