Have you looked at your calendar lately? If many of you are like me, the days seem to be passing quicker than I experienced in my younger days. Now, I am not focusing on the topic of aging. I am, however, focusing on the more important aspect of time – maximizing the enjoyment of time’s passing.
When was the last time you sat down and simply wrote about the day’s events and documented the memories of the day? I highly recommend journaling to my clients, friends and family as a means of storing memories, working through difficult decisions, dispensing of emotional feelings without the fear of reprisal and, most importantly, to provide yourself the time needed to remove thoughts from your mind for complete and total rest. For many years, I have kept journals that are private and will not be reviewed by my family until my passing. The hope is that the stories will inspire my heirs to contribute to their communities, provide for those neighbors in need, seek a spiritual solution to many of life’s challenging times and to simply live a life by their design that leaves the world in a better place than they found it.
During my daily interaction with people, I often seek times to help others see the world for more than a harried existence where one day looks the same as all the others. We have three important facts of life to be thankful:
- We were born as human
- We were born or live in the United States of America
- We can change our future by making decisions against nature
To be born human is vital in that we can utilize a highly sophisticated brain to change our futures for better. We can form or build our environment to our own liking. Unlike some reptiles, we can place warm clothing on our bodies and brave the frigid temperatures to accomplish our goals for the day. Unlike other mammals, we can elect our leaders in a formal election versus a duel or fight to the death to be the alpha male.
Living in the United States of America is one right, and privilege, many of us take for granted. Watch CNN, Fox News or any other news channel and watch the turmoil that is thrust upon the citizens of other countries by tyrants and other factions who wish to impose their will. Despite the sometimes disruptive nature of our freedoms and rights, the USA is the most sought after country for personal freedom, opportunity and a brighter future by those who are under despotism, tyranny and socialism. We are not a perfect country; however, our citizens have the right to participate in the development of the country’s future.
Changing our future is easily performed by writing down our desired outcomes and formulating the steps to achieve them. This is the reason for a semi-annual review of our goals. We, as humans, can change course today and seek a better outcome than we have experienced the first half of the year. Don’t simply allow your life to be drifting in the proverbial winds of chance. You have an opportunity to close the chapter of last month, last week or yesterday and form a brighter future.
Seek out positive, impactful and complimentary information by listening to podcasts, reading good books and associating with people that have kindness as a personal trait. One such podcast we recommend is “Live a Life by Design”. This podcast can be found on iTunes, SoundCloud, and right here on livealifeby.design.
Remember the words of Zig Ziglar, the renowned motivational speaker and author, “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success and endowed with the seeds of greatness.” The secret to success on this planet is to make tomorrow your best day ever! Then simply repeat this step everyday.