“We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that death will tremble to take us” (Charles Bukowski). Continual growth and progress are pivotal keys toward living fully, therefore dying full, yet spent. You can’t spend your way to monetary wealth, only long-term joy fulfilling wealth. Remember to start where you are with what you have. No excuses, blaming, complaining, self-pity, regret, shame, or procrastination allowed. Get intentionally busy filling yourself up with greatness so you can spend yourself in an extravagant, yet selfless manner.
“I speak truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more, as I grow older” (Catherine Drinker Bowen). Truths shared can brighten the loneliest and darkest holes of downward cyclical utter despair. Relentlessly seek and share personal truths and be exonerated from any black frightful abyss, which may be consuming your heavenly soul. No profit or earthly treasure is worth exchanging your own soul to acquire. Now is the time to get up out of that dastardly hole of despair and courageously crush through walls of darkness so you, too, can live in light of newly found truths!
“A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on” (Sir Winston Churchill). Lies, misery, gossip, and negativity hazardously attract themselves, thus avoid them like the plague. Live with radically transparent honesty and truth, which will produce wonderful blessings of tranquility, self-confidence, and trust throughout your life journey.
“Self-evaluation is helpful, but evaluation from someone else is essential” (Andy Stanley). Be brutally honest while self-reflecting on right and wrong. Your answers are perceptions related to personal principles, beliefs, and experiences. Make sure your ideal self and real self are congruent, therefore creating peace and abundant fulfillment within. What do you stand for and why?
“Sometimes what counts can’t be counted, and what can be counted doesn’t count” (Albert Einstein). Do not compare yourself with anyone, except who you were yesterday. Your very own intangible character traits based upon what you stand for helps preserve visions, dreams, and goals while persevering toward greatness, despite adversity. Know both what to do and what not to do in varying situations, thus expediting your journey toward becoming the best version of yourself. Furthermore, another person’s perspective, especially from a leader, mentor, counselor or coach can guide, teach, inspire and direct our steps, additionally, helping to hold us accountable. Strive toward becoming the person you truly desire and are fully capable of being. Be you!—everyone else is taken.
Use the law of replacement to exonerate suffering from the aforementioned sins, encompassing anger, hatred, resentment, revenge, guilt, envy, self-pity, greed, blaming, complaining, and gossiping. Positive in, positive out (PIPO). Garbage in, garbage out (GIGO). Positive mental attitudes, behaviors, and environments can replace the negatives. Determination and persistent positive repetition until our dying day is the way toward embracing this wonderful freedom. Is it worth it? Just ask any successful joy-filled person. Otherwise, ask any miserable unsuccessful individual. Success is a relative term, therefore defining yours will facilitate ascertaining an understanding about your definite purpose in life. Remember to listen in order to understand and respond emphatically to yourself and others. Use your two ears and one mouth accordingly. Beware that misery, indeed, enjoys company. Be careful not to become someone else’s prey, or your own personal victim. Belief in yourself matters most. Turn away from darkness in the underworld, not being afraid to walk alone in the light of grace.
”The fear of the Lord is to hate evil. But love covers all sins. Wise people store up knowledge. But he who restrains his lips is wise. The merciful man does good for his own soul. But the righteous will come through trouble. A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth. But counselors of peace will have joy. But those who deal truthfully are His delight. The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge.” (Proverbs 8:13; 10: 12, 14, 19; 11:17; 12:13, 14, 20, 22; 15:14 NKJV). Becoming aware of an underlying etiology or cause about why we feel or behave certain ways can lead to personal freedom. With liberation comes greater responsibility to always be and do our best. Understanding builds wings like eagles, the problems may not go away, yet we can rise above them. Intrinsic conflicts and personal pain or suffering remain choices. The decisions lie in our heightened awareness and willingness to heal.
Do not feel guilt over the past, just thank God for grace bestowed. Forgiving ourselves and others only requires one sincere accepting liberating gift. Gifts are not earned and nothing is meant to be given in return. Why perpetually suffer for the same sin over and over again? Sin being an act committed against your own better judgement. Justice only demands, but one consequence—the internal misery or joy durations are choices. Forgive and move onward, upward, and heavenward toward dreams come true. We can create heaven of hell and hell of heaven. These life-changing decisions are ours to make. Live confidently by choosing wise thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, and environments, now into infinity and beyond.
“Whoever destroys a single life is as guilty as though he had destroyed the entire world; and whoever rescues a single life earns as much merit as though he had rescued the entire world” (The Talmud). Be vigilant about who you are and what you say and do because others are watching and listening, therefore being impacted whether you know it or not. Words have the power to kill or give new life. Words are like the ripples in a placid pond after a rock is thrown, sending vibrations of love or hate into our world. Be aware about how you speak—in verbiage, day-to-day conversation, silence, tone, enthusiasm, influence, and writing. Is love emanating from you?
Let freedom manifest through responsible and consistent self-discipline, while thinking and behaving coherently with personal truths. Becoming aware of possible bias or prejudice in beliefs is a paramount step toward uncovering subconscious and conscious realities. This recognition and acceptance allows change from the inside out. External variables and other people’s opinions no longer hold personal feelings as slaves. Unleash victim mentalities by consciously delving into the realms of who you are, what you desire to change, and who you want to be. What’s holding you back?
Remember to feel and express joy, while paving roads toward actualizing dreams come true. It is while we are making plans for our future that life happens. Each adventurous exploration from who and where we are to who and where we want to be is life itself. Being, is life, which becomes magnificently fulfilling when accompanied with a warm smile, heart-felt perpetual peaceful solace, and the magical omnipotence of lavishly graceful love embodied for oneself and others. Embracing internal truths and radical honesty have supremely healing upward cyclical powers when harnessed and practiced repeatedly. What makes you genuinely happy? Why not do more of that? Bring on the joy, today.