Is This the Best You Can Be?

“So, do it. Decide. Is this the life you want to live? Is this the person you want to love? Is this the best you can be? Can you be stronger? Kinder? More Compassionate? Decide. Breathe in. Breathe out and decide” Edmonton_Indie_Photographer_0029

I came across this quote earlier and just couldn't believe with how well it resonates with everything that I've been thinking about over the past few weeks; it was entirely in sync with the internal (and external) discussions and thoughts that have been stirring around my mind. ONE of the many things that we often realize a little too late, is that we only have ONE life to live (unintentional use of a cheesy soap opera title....). Things happen, life constantly changes, we all get busy, and then somehow we all neglect to remember that this isn't a run-through of the life that we get a chance to re-live. We don't get to take notes on where we need improvements and then have that EXACT same moment over again--all the while making sure we get it right this time around. It just does not work that way, that is not the point of living. This isn't to be said that we don't learn and grow from mistakes that we've made in the past, but rather that nothing in our lives is going to happen twice. We're all too familiar with the feeling of "whoa! where did that month go?" or "it's really been that long since I've seen you??!", yet we continue to neglect the little moments in life that make us value 'time', or ignore the chance you have to catch up with a loved one. Time is solely a construct of human beings; we have become so fixated on "time" passing us by, that we don't truly understand the value of every second passed.

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I know that for myself personally, I've begun making a conscious effort to appreciate the small moments. I'll start with the month of December, which will eventually evolve into a daily and loyal practice. I’ve always been one to hold tight to moments that others might simply overlook. I hold fast to those small, yet special moments and memories, and love being able to share them with someone so near and dear to my heart. I know that for myself (and Mark) life gets busy this time of the year, which is why now--more than ever--is the very best time to get into the habit of expressing gratitude. As a start, I'm whole-heartedly grasping onto those little moments throughout the day that we sometimes forget to appreciate; whether it be simply waking up next to someone you love, enjoying a latte to the sound of rain, or simply appreciating the kind people in your day, I challenge you all to take note mentally of all the little things that make your day better. If you're wanting to take things one step further, download "the Gratitude Diary" on your smartphone! I've used this app for a long time now, and it's the perfect way to keep track of at least ONE thing that you're grateful for each and every day! I like to set myself a little reminder, at 7pm everyday, that way I'm always sure to jot something down.

However you decide to promote gratitude in your lives, I urge you all to continue to embrace your goals and personal challenges. We all have overflowing and palpable potential, we just now have to decide what to do with it, "Breath in. Breathe out and decide".