I live a complete life. A great portion of my daily exploits focuses on the needs of others. I recognize that I am called to be a helping hand, but I also know when to step back and focus on what is important to me.
In my family life, I cater to the needs of my children. They are dependent on me to provide, guide, and support. I take that role seriously and I know that I am loved for it.
I also recognize that time for myself is essential.
I acknowledge the importance of satisfying my needs. When I feel like my life is off balance, I know it is time to pull away from current concerns and find my center.
When I feel a desire for renewal, I let my loved ones know that I need a time out. I am happy to have a family that understands the need for balance and glad that they’re willing and able to let me take some time for myself.
Today, I commit to having a balanced life, focusing equally on those I love and myself. I make time to strengthen my own well-being and renewal, knowing that taking care of myself enables me to be all I can be – for myself and those I love.
1. Do I ever allow myself to get burned out and exhausted?
2. Have I spent time teaching my children how to bring balance into their lives?
3. How can I make more time for myself?
Each day, I ensure that I take good care of myself. One of the ways I do this is by setting goals so that I get what I want out of life. To keep my self-esteem thriving, I make these goals ambitious, but possible.
When I set my sights high, I achieve great things. These accomplishments, in turn, help me to feel good about myse
When I was in high school, and for a semester in college, I worked at McDonalds. I worked behind the counter mostly, and on the menu board above my head was a sign that read, “Smiles are free.”
My co-workers and I used to joke about it, but the management was very serious about being sure we smiled at our customers. If we didn’t, we risked being moved to the fry station, and NO ONE wants to work that station. So we smiled.
And, in return, most of our customers would smile back at us. In fact, research told our managers, a simple warm smile from the front counter girl could change the customer’s perception of the entire dining experience, and they were twice as likely to return if they felt they’d received good service. In some cases, it turned out, customers who received great service rated the food higher too.
So, in layman’s terms, a smile was powerful–it could be the difference between a lifelong customer and a one-timer.
And, I’ll tell you another little secret. This powerful tool is not only available to the folks at McDonald’s.
I could go into all of the science behind this, but that’s not the point of today’s blog. The point is that when you just smile, you can create a significant upswing in your day and even in your life. Your mood will be more positive, and you’ll suddenly notice people around you being kinder to you, and most likely friendlier than usual.
Consider this. If you’re walking down the aisle at the grocery store and someone looks you in the eyes and smiles, saying hi, what would you do? Of course, you’d respond in kind.
Now, close your eyes and smile to yourself for ten seconds. Do it now, no matter how silly it feels. Don’t worry…I’ll wait.
Did you do it? How do you feel? I’ll bet that something in you feels just a little better, even if you do feel silly.
Bliss Mission: Smile More
So I have an experiment for you to try. For the next 24 hours, practice smiling more. Smile at your kids, your spouse, the mail man. Smile at your coworkers, your boss, your trash guy…just everyone you meet today. Even smile while you’re on the phone.
I suggest that you’ll find that people in general are nicer to you, just for starters. The added bonus? You’ll notice that your own mood is bumped up a few notches too.
And, of course, you’ll be making the world a much more beautiful place. So, smile today! It’s free, it feels great, and it can effect serious results in your life.
Try this little experiment, and let me know how it works for you. What do you say? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section, below.
Humans are unique from other creatures in that we have the ability to reason, and the ability to HOPE. Hope is what keeps us going and moving toward the future.
It’s the ability to believe in the good things in the world. It’s the ability to know that you will prevail over adversity.
Every one of us has found ourselves lacking hope at some time in our lives. And in some of the most difficult conditions, who could blame us?
Even so, the gift of reason tells us that a person without hope is a person without life.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.”
With this in mind, how can we cope when we find ourselves feeling hopeless? It’s simply not possible to create personal change in our lives while remaining in this state.
It’s Not Rocket Science, But It Takes Practice
Creating personal change that leads to your own personal bliss can actually be pretty painless. As it turns out, when you take the road that makes you feel good, you’re more likely to be happy and to succeed in your goals.
And don’t forget these important tips.
Creating hope in your life can begin with simple affirmations. You can try adding one to your daily routine, something like “All good things are coming to me today” or “I see beauty around me and within me” or “The order of every day is happiness.”
Another way to change your outlook is to get some exercise. Play the Wii with your kids or go for an after dinner walk. Dance with the baby or your husband. Move your body and have fun with it.
Be aware of your body. If you’re not eating right or sleeping enough, depression can set in.
It’s all about your perspective. If you consistently beat yourself up with negativity, you will lose hope. If you focus on positive things and change your perspective, you will find hope seeping into every area of your life.