Life is short, and it is up to you to make it sweet. – Sarah Louise Delany
As I roll into my mid-50s, the urge to cherish every day grows stronger.
The things that once annoyed me now remind me that life is in motion. Over time, the challenges and setbacks give way to victory and contentment.
I’m realizing that even in my most anxious moments, there’s always an opportunity to see the blessings. But I have to choose to open my eyes. Learning to be happy with what I have is another lesson that’s finally soaking in.
It’s also becoming clear that I can’t get to the place where I want to be without letting go of the things that keep me stuck in a place fear and self-doubt.
And where is that place?
It’s a place of peace. It’s a place of knowing who I am and what makes me happy. It’s a place that tells me that life is short, so…
…tell the people you love how much you love them.
…share your heart. There’s no time to leave important words unspoken.
…be kind for no reason.
…eat cookies when you crave them.
…do what scares you. Take a chance – be bold.
…take a nap when you feel tired.
…don’t run from you past – learn from it.
…embrace getting older.
…ask for what you want – believe you are worthy to receive it.
…ignore what others think of you.
…don’t try to be perfect.
…love yourself completely.
…reconnect with old friendships
…seek new friendships.
…experience the world. Travel to the places that are calling you.
…find a job that is aligned with your passion. If you can’t, follow your passion anyway.
…focus on what’s important and let go of what doesn’t.
…if you see a chance, take it!
…give yourself permission to be happy.
…face what scares you.
…leave anger behind.
…laugh as much as you can.
…make peace with yourself.
…by inspired by your faith.
…let go of the people who will never love you back.
…smile at what delights you.
The trouble is you think you have time. – Buddha