With so much going on in life, it is important to reflect on our true wants and needs. The current pandemic has brought the world to a standstill. It has caused us to take a step back and think about the way we live our lives.
We tend to run on autopilot and lose sight of the small things. We never intend to put off important details, but with how busy life can be, time seems to escape us.
We also fall into the trap of superficialities. We compare ourselves, seek material things, social status, and validation from others. We find ourselves chasing temporary goals instead of long term happiness.
With these examples below, I have some reminders for you to reflect on. Hopefully, you can resonate with them.
Our most valuable possession is our bodies, yet very few realize this until a health scare occurs.
Most of us aspire to live well into the golden years of our lives. In order to get there, we have to take the steps needed to reach the goal. Eating healthy and exercise are sure-fire ways to see these goals through.
Our health is a reflection of self-love. The more we care about ourselves, the better we treat ourselves.
Society has become more vocal in bringing awareness to mental health. Healthy habits like meditation, rest, therapeutics, and taking breaks are good ways to improve our minds. None of us are okay all of the time — life can get pretty stressful. Our goal should be to create lifestyle changes that can improve our way of life both mentally, physically, and emotionally.
How Much Money We Make
Money is important. The question is: how much do we really need to be happy? We often blur the lines of how much we want vs how much do we need.
You may not become a millionaire in your lifetime, but you make enough to care for yourself and your family. After a certain point, money doesn’t matter. Sure, it’s easy to say when others don’t have much, but we can acknowledge those who have a good life despite a large bank account.
Does money buy happiness? It’s debatable depending on who you talk to. Some say yes and others say no. Money can buy you things to make you happy, but it can’t buy joy.
Some people leave their jobs for less money and more time. Trading $200k a year jobs for $60k with time freedom isn’t unheard of.
Money is undoubtedly one of the most important things in our lives, but we should not let it control our lives. Money is a medium of exchange for the things we want. After the goal is reached, it’s just used for maintenance.
My opinion of money has changed a lot over the years. Coming from a family with little, my idea of as to make as much as possible. Later on, I realized that comfort and achievements didn’t come from the amount in my bank, but the experiences I have. The wants I have in life don’t require as large of a bank account as I thought.
The Love Of Others
What is love to you?
Love comes in many ways and forms. It could be displaying affection to your partner, catching up with an old friend, your pet laying on your lap, or maybe a friendly conversation with a stranger.
We have the power to make life better for ourselves and those around us. We often underestimate the power of a simple gesture. A hug or words of affirmation can mean a lot to another person. Life isn’t perfect, but we should never let the negatives affect the positives that come with it.
Loving others is often relayed by those with religious beliefs, but everyone has the power to love others. Love is a universal language that anyone can speak.
Living In The Present
Time flies so fast, we can’t take enough pictures to keep up with our experiences. We spend our present time either focusing on the future or thinking over the past.
This robs us of appreciating what is in front of us. We end up moments we wish we can do-over. Living in the present helps us not worry about yesterday or tomorrow, but taking each day as it comes.
Present moments are future nostalgic memories. We can not control the past nor predict the future, but we can do as best we can with the only time we can control — the now.
Finding Our Purpose
We’re all here on a mission. What that mission entails is something only we know for ourselves. Most people will live their entire life without knowing their true purpose and others may know from a young age.
When you have a purpose, life will push you in the direction you’re supposed to go. We shouldn’t focus on the small things, we should follow the lead of life.
The key to life is to live without expectations or entitlement. We don’t get the life we want when we want it, we get the life we want when we’re ready to receive it.
The most valuable asset we have in life isn’t money, it’s peace. Without peace, we cannot appreciate anything else. Peace allows us to deal with internal struggles and take the steps needed to rid ourselves of stressors.
The more peace you find in life, the better understanding we have for life. Being yourself unapologetically is the most freeing experience one could have. You can’t buy peace, it has to come from within. No material thing can measure to the feeling you get from true peace.
Whatever matters to us in life, we should do whatever it takes to hold on to it.