What if you could feel what another person is feeling. How would you treat them? What would they look like to you? What if their feelings, thoughts and pain were your own? When we look upon another as a reflection of our own soul we can show greater love and compassion, no matter what their circumstance, thoughts, or pain. After all, if you see that person as a reflection of you, wouldn’t you show yourself the same kindness, love and compassion? Or if that thought isn’t possible in your line of sight at the moment, let me put it this way. Imagine the person you love the most; whether that is your significant other, child, parent, grandparent, pet, etc. You love them unconditionally and may even smile at their little nuances that would ordinarily annoy someone else. You smile and love that person or pet anyway, and forgive them, even when they may do something that hurts. So looking at it in that situation… if you see that person in front of you as a reflection of the person or pet you love the most in the world, wouldn’t you show the same kindness, love and compassion? No situation is black and white. We are not walking in that person’s exact footprints, thus are not aware of all the reasons a person may act the way they do. Let us not judge. Please let us love others the way we love ourselves and our loved ones. Image credit: http://abstract.desktopnexus.com/wallpaper/1050796/
A short video about how our attitude can make a huge difference in our life.
A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. ~ Author Unknown “Thanks to all the folks and animals who gift me with your smile. Your smile makes me smile” ♥ ~ Tara West
We’re all dying. It just matters when. And sometimes we don’t know the ‘when’. It’s what you do about it that counts.
It’s okay to feel the feelings and learn from them. But when a feeling or memory is holding us back from claiming our goals and dreams, this exercise can be helpful in letting go and moving forward.
Forgiving others can sometimes be easier than forgiving ‘YOU’. Love starts with yourself, so are you treating yourself with the same compassion and respect? Are you allowing yourself to learn from it and move on?
In changing the way you think about yourself, you’ll also change the way you see the world. Every day opens up new opportunities for you, and by utilizing positive thinking, you can make a real difference!
I love simple things… it’s the simple things in life which can totally transform your day and turn it into one of sunshine (even if it is raining!). Here are some easy ways to add happiness to your day: 1. Watch a movie. Grab a big bucket of popcorn and immerse yourself in your favorite movie. 2. Watch your kids or loved ones. Simply observe them and think about how much you appreciate the fact that they’re in your life. 3. Call your best friend. A phone call with a close friend is a great way to pass some time in a way that is comfortable and familiar to you. You can think about old times or enjoy planning something fun for the future. 4. Go out for ice cream. Okay, I agree, this one is a little naughty… but what the heck, you have to indulge once in a while, right?! And if you don’t like ice cream, grab your favorite treat instead. 5. Enjoy nature. Take a walk in the park and admire the different patterns and shapes on the trunks of the trees, or the flowers, or whatever catches your eye. Or what about just observing the beauty of the stars at night. 6. Take a hot bath. What a great stress buster! Light some scented candles to include the benefits of aromatherapy to the relaxing warmth of the bath. 7. Play a sport. Gather your friends and have a friendly competition. Sports are a fun way to get some exercise and relieve stress. 8. Zzzzzz. An afternoon nap may be just what you’re looking for. Even 15 minutes of shut-eye can help you feel more energized and happy. 9. Snuggle with your partner. Take the time to appreciate your partner and snuggle up for some couple-time. It’s a great way to reconnect, especially if you’ve been really busy. 10. Be lazy. Take some time to simply be lazy, with no responsibilities, and give yourself some me-time. Hmmm… how indulgent! 11. Listen to your favorite song. Crank up the tunes! And while you’re at it, why not put on your dancing shoes?! 12. Make casual conversation. Strike up some lively conversations with strangers. If you’re friendly and happy towards them, they’ll likely be the same to you. 13. Be thankful. Reflect on all the things that you’re grateful for in your life and write them down. You might be surprised at how long your list is! Sometimes changing your focus to what’s going right in your life is all you need to turn that frown upside down. 14. Enjoy time with your pets. Pets are part of the family too. Snuggle up with your pet for some quality time together. And don’t forget; be entirely present in the moment to feel the joy travel through your whole being. So what simple things did I leave off this list that YOU like to do to bring happiness into your day? Share it with me below!