- LIFE -
I'm sure you've seen bumper stickers or T-shirts with a variation of the phrase, "Stuff Happens!" splashed across them, right?
You've probably even heard some say - with the same thought and/or attitude - "Life Happens". In my opinion, taken in that context, it is a very NEGATIVE thought about life.
When we approach LIFE with that type of attitude - that it just "happens" - we choose to give up our ability and our power to be able to do something about our life and the events that take place as part of that life.
You will have to listen to the podcast (see the two links below) to hear me say that exact same phrase but with different emphasis and enunciation to help us look at it in a little bit different way... Life, with all of it's ups and downs, good and bad and all experiences - HAPPENS each and every day. It is what makes UP our life! THAT'S A GOOD THING, friend!
Though on opposite ends of the spectrum, feelings of joy as well as feelings of sadness both remind us, through these emotions and feelings, that we are ALIVE!!
Think about it. Let's look at that last thought in two different ways:
1. At times, those on their death bed are numb and lifeless. Sometimes they may even be in a coma and unable to react to things that take place around them.
2. When people get into a deep depression they often "check out" or become numb to what is around them. They can even become unable to react to things that take place around them.
I want to encourage YOU to "LIVE Life" and to embrace all of the emotions that come with this roller coaster ride. I understand that it is not always easy. I understand that it is not always pleasant. I understand that it is not always fun.
But, you know what? If all we ever experienced in life was "good", then how would we be able to gage how good life really is? Make sense?
The "down times" in our life, the sad times, and yes, the bad times, all help us become more thankful and aware of the "up" times and the good times.
Be thankful. Take advantage of all aspects of life that you have available to you today and never forget to LIVE today. It's the only day we have, friend.
And, as you do so, always remember to...
"Make it an AWESOME day! (Who else is going to do it for you?)"