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Life Simply Put18 Simple Words for an Abundant Life
By SHEENA L. SMITH
Trafford PublishingCopyright © 2012 Sheena L. Smith
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Hope is not a way out. It is often a way through. In times of turmoil and high stress having hope and faith will carry you through until things are better. Anytime there is a storm in life there's always a rainbow and sunshine to follow. It is up to us to look for that good after the storms in life especially when sometimes the good is hard to see. By having hope you can take comfort in the fact that each day is a new day. It doesn't matter how many times you fall or how often things go wrong, what matters is that you get back up and continue going forward. You only fail when you don't get back up. Know that to be true! "An easy life doesn't teach us anything. In the end it's learning that matter: what we've learned and how we've grown." Richard Bach
My wish for you is that you always have the freedom to be yourself. We lose ourselves when we let others control us, tell us what to do, how to behave. We can also lose ourselves when we try to be what others think we should be. People pleasing and sacrificing our own wants and needs. There are few things worse than feeling you have to pretend you are something that you are not in order to be liked. BE YOURSELF! You are worthy, lovable and unique. If you behave how others expect you to likely you will wake up one day and say "Who am I? How the hell did I get here? I'm not who others say I am! This isn't me". Your spirit will tell you to get out, move on, do something different. Will you listen? Be real-Be yourself! You deserve to be valued, loved, treated with respect and feel safe in your life. If you walk on eggshells in a relationship, feel guilt, shame or are intimidated walk away. No one should put up with abuse of any form; Not verbal, physical, financial nor emotional.
Whenever we want something or wish for things to be different than they are, we can ask God (or "the universe" depending upon your beliefs) for our wishes to come true. When we do this we have to ask with complete faith that it is possible and with a true "knowing" that our prayers will be answered. Know that things will be ok and if that wish was meant to be it will be.
Speaking of faith: Please know that your angels are always near. Just call their name and ask for guidance anytime. We are all energy and energy never dies. It just takes on a new form. Same thing goes when a loved one dies. Their energy is still here and they are near. Love is forever.
Life always unfolds as it was meant to. It's up to us to have a good attitude and believe all things can come true. It takes courage and strength to ask and let it go.
When you wish for something have patience, hope and faith for it to happen as it was truly meant to.
For a long time I didn't understand what grace was nor could I explain it. Yet, when contemplating my numerous blessings I soon came to understand how blessed my life has been even though I am no more important than the next person. Be grateful if you have been blessed with any of the "Seven Wonders of the World" because having any one of those abilities is so miraculous.
Grace is a contributing factor along with knowing that words and thoughts are powerful creators of our lives.
Always choose your words wisely. Be cautious as to what you focus on most for that will become your reality. Direct your thoughts to positive outcomes and visualize your life as you wish it to be. Then, take action and steps to get where you want to be. Watch grace fall into place.
YOU ARE WORTHY!
It's important to truly forgive someone when they have done something wrong or something that hurt you or those you love. If you hang onto to that anger, fear, resentment or even hatred it will affect your cells of your body. Illness can result. Years later, a serious illness in the form of cancer could possibly show up. Get bitter or better, the choice is always yours. On the other hand, if you have done something that has hurt another, apologize. Say you are sorry with sincerity and ask how can I make it up to you, or decide to do something to make things better.
Time does not always heal everything as many will tell you but almost everything gets better in time and hurts less. You may always have scars, but don't let the scars ruin your todays and your tomorrows. Holding onto the hurt will cause you more damage; mentally, emotionally and eventually physically.
When someone does something that angers you to the point of rage, expressions of injustice and unfairness do what you can in a positive manner to change the situation. Be proactive, stand up for what's right but don't lose yourself in the fight. Do not let darkness win over your light, your life. Let go. Revenge is not yours. Karma will always take care of that.
Respect yourself, others and the world. The world would be such a boring place if we were all the same. Value everyone that you meet and respect their differences. No two people are exactly alike. We all have different beliefs and opinions based on our own experiences. Beliefs are very powerful. You may find that you have to change your thoughts to change your beliefs or your experience of something. Respecting yourself requires being gentle and kind to yourself. Don't be hard on yourself when you've made a bad choice or wrong decision. Life is about learning we are all here to learn and experience and move forward.
Respect others. Be considerate, compassionate and understanding. Even when you do not truly understand admit it and attempt to do your best to appreciate what another is going through. Help whenever you can before being asked. Most people who need help will not ask. If you borrow something from someone return it promptly and, if possible, return it in better shape or condition than when you borrowed it.
SHOW RESPECT TO GET IT!
Look after your health. Once you lose it, it is very hard to regain. Your health is your greatest asset. I know, first hand, the struggles of poor health. It can affect so many aspects of your life. Eat properly, get plenty of fresh air, and consume quality supplements. Our foods sources are depleted so much that they can no longer provide us with what we need no matter how well we choose to eat. Drink pure water and lots of it daily. Rest and get a good night's sleep on a regular basis. Find balance in all areas of your life: MIND, BODY and SPIRIT. Stay grounded. Spend time in nature; walking, swimming, biking. Take salt water baths. Pamper yourself regularly. Spend time with friends and family yet find time to relax in silence. You must laugh often to live a life of happiness. Your attitude is another important asset to have. Be optimistic. In times of stress, be sure to look after yourself even more. And always remember to BREATHE.
Paying attention is an important activity. Noticing gives you immediate feedback about the world around you. You can help others by watching what's going on. Take time to listen. When you truly listen and see someone as they are, they feel valued. Taking the time to listen shows you care. You are telling the person "I hear you. I understand. You are not alone. You are valuable."
Everyone needs to feel valued by someone. Never judge people. You never know what they have gone through to be where they are. I must admit that because I am not perfect I have been guilty of not being present and not listening 100% when absorbed in other activities. I'm a work in progress too!
Dream BIG! Know that whatever you wish for is possible. You must believe -it is possible when asking for anything. Expect it to happen and then wait patiently. Patience is an art to be mastered. In our fast paced world we want rewards and requests instantly. While being patient, we have to have faith that our wish is going to be fulfilled. Believe with all your heart that it can and will happen. Then, the next step is to let it happen. Let life unfold as it is meant to. Being willing to receive your desires can be a roadblock for some at times. Many like myself, find it easier to give than receive. If you are like that too, practice receiving.
"Don't tell me the sky's the limit when there are footprints on the moon." Paul Brandt
You are never too old to learn something new, play or have fun. Laughter is the best healer and the cheapest thing that you can do to maintain health. People need to be light hearted; sing, dance and play often. This helps to energize your spirit and keep you happy and youthful. On regular basis, hang out with your spouse, friends and people you can be yourself with.
Create new memories and share old ones. Life is less stressful when you unwind and share good times with friends. When the bad times are near your truest friends are there then too.
I am blessed to say that I have many great friends. They make my world a better place through their friendship and understanding.
Dance as though no one is watching. Love as though you have never been hurt before. Sing as though no one can hear you. Live as though heaven is on earth. Souza
ALWAYS PLAY FAIR!
Life is too short not to live it! I believe that people should live while they are alive and enjoy the simple pleasures in life. Everyone should have dreams and goals in life and do their best to see those dreams come true. I think that there could be few things sadder than to be on your death bed and wishing that you had tried or attempted something that your heart and spirit called you to do. With that said, I'm not telling you to run out and do lots of stupid and dangerous things. There are so many amazing things in this world to do, see and experience. Don't become a couch potato watching other people's lives. Be proactive and enjoy your life. The experiences that you have today become tomorrow's memories. I love pictures. I love when I can look at a picture from a past adventure, party or special occasion and smile or burst out laughing. Experiences with family and friends, time after time, are my most priceless treasures that I cherish. What do you cherish?
LIFE: LIVE IT!
Appreciating and accepting the "now" of your life is a gift to you at each and every moment. If you spend too much time focusing on things that you said or did in the past that you wish you had done differently all that you are doing is losing time now that you should be grateful to have. You may have regrets, I hope that you do not. Forget about them. Move on. Don't over analyze situations everyone can see the same event but all will have a different take on it.
Love where you are in your life at each and every moment. Even the moments of anger, sadness and turmoil are opportunities for growth.
As for the future, it comes soon enough. Don't lose out on experiencing what's going on around you in the moment. Feel it! Breathe it! Live it! NOW!
ENJOY THE MOMENT!
You always know your own truth. Whether you listen to it or not is another story. All of us have an inner "knowing", that gut feeling when something is right, wrong or should be different. It's like playing that old game "hot & cold" when you were near the hidden object. In life when you are going towards a positive and right choice everything about it feels right. Sure you may feel a bit nervous but deep down you know it will lead you to happiness or desired situation. There will be times when you have to say no, must let go, should leave somewhere you feel you no longer belong. It's okay if you feel like that. Be strong and know that your doubts are usually your answers. Be cautious and discerning when you feel fear in any situation. Never be a victim in your own life. Be proactive and be a survivor. Be compassionate to yourself. Learning is a lifelong experience. The biggest point is to notice and reflect. Then, make positive choices that will advance you TO the real you.
BE TRUE TO YOURSELF!
True happiness is really a choice. So often perspective comes into play in our lives. What we might consider to be an awful situation others would be grateful to only have that as a problem.
Choose to look on the bright side and know that most challenges and problems are only temporary.
You are responsible for your own happiness. Make choices that will honor your spirit and bring you joy. If you are not happy, do not blame others. Take control of your power. Work towards becoming the best that you can be. I'm not saying act like you are better than others. Just strive to do your best.
Never let material possessions become the priority of your goals and aspirations. Money and things will not bring you lasting happiness.
CHOOSE TO BE HAPPY NOW!!
Be grateful and thankful for every blessing that you have in your life. If you take note of all the signs and expressions of blessings that you experience you will get more. It's the "Law of Attraction". If you focus on lack, you will get more lack in your life. Sounds simple? It is!
Whatever you focus on you will get more of. People have thousands and thousands of thoughts a day so be very mindful of those thoughts and be cautious of the words that you use. Words are very powerful; both spoken and unspoken. I have been blessed so many times in my life that I enjoy each and every time that I have had an opportunity to pay it forward. I am thankful that people graciously accept, even though they weren't expecting anything to begin with. Pay your blessings forward by doing random acts of kindness whenever you can. It helps to make someone else's day and helps make the world a better place.
SAY THANK YOU OFTEN!
Many problems and crisis are often an excellent time to say "What is the meaning of this? What is the lesson here?" This is especially true when you seem to experience the same struggles over and over. Often we get caught up, understandably, in the emotions of sadness, anger, fear, doubt and regret that we do not take the time to say "What should I be noticing here? What's the lesson? Stop and take notice of the form of the storm. Ask yourself, "Have my thoughts created this? How can I change this?" Find the value and meaning in the storm.
Do your best not to spend too much time looking at the closed doors that you fail to see an open window that may lead you to dreams you never thought possible. Through it all you may find unanswered prayers even have a positive side.
LIFE IS GOOD!
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