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just doing life

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln

Have you ever thought that you are just doing life?   Are you just going through the motions of life?   Does each day pass by with a little less of yourself in it?   Are you tired of just going through the motions?

What would it feel like to live a life that is vivid, exciting and in your hands?  What would it feel like to approach each day with a new sense of aliveness?

What makes each day memorable?

Take a moment to reflect on what is good in your life.   Take a moment to create good in your life.  Take a moment to smile, to laugh and to love.

Henry James wrote, “Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”

Living life

“If you want your life to be a magnificent story,then  realize that you are its author.”  John Maxwell

What do you want your story to be?  Much has been written about what makes people happy and as it turns out happiness is a story you get to write.  Sometimes you find happiness in the struggles.  Sometimes you find happiness in the memories.  Sometimes you find happiness in realizing your strengths.  Sometimes you find happiness when you give of yourself to something greater than yourself. 

Happiness is often found when we do something we identify with intensely, something that is important to the core of our being.  For some people the search for happiness is a never ending quest.   What is your definition of happiness?   Happiness is difficult to find if it isn’t first defined.

Happiness can take the form of being responsible.   Abraham Lincoln said, “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”     If you have a goal are you working towards it?    If you are making progress towards a goal – celebrate that fact.   If you are struggling to make progress take smaller steps.  

Maintain a regimen of discipline.   “What we do on some great occasion will probably depend on what we already are; and what we are will be the result of previous years of self-discipline.”, declared Henry Parry Liddon.   Develop strong habits and strong resolve and those will help take you over those times where things aren’t working as smoothly as you desire.  Persistent patterns of practice will lead you in small steps to the results you desire.