GOOD MORNING MONDAY – AFFIRMATIVE THOUGHTS FOR A GREAT WEEK
Good Morning. Happy Memorial Day! I hope you are still enjoying celebration and time with family and friends. You will never have this day again; just like every other day you experience. This is sometimes so easy to forget. You get this one life for living; you get this one day to experience. I am reminded of the quote that says, “Life is not measured by the number of breaths you take; but by the moments that take your breath away”. If we live in the present and realize the miracle of life we are given, each day brings moments that truly will take our breath away. Be fully awake to them!
On Memorial Day, we remember those who fought and died for our freedom.They chose to live their life in service to others. We also honor those who continue to serve our country, living their life in service to others; all for the greater good and the freedom and liberty we continue to enjoy. As I reflect on their example, I ask myself several questions:
“How often am I living my life in connection with others and with a mindset of service?”
“What am I doing to benefit others?”
“What am I doing to make the world a better place because I was here?”
“Where can I go to share my time, gifts and talents in service to others?”
We are part of a bigger whole. We do not travel this world alone. We are on this journey of life with all humanity, nature, creatures, etc., around us. Often, we spend too much time ruminating over self, our own life, our own problems, etc.; so much so, that we get lost and forget that we are a critical part of the whole. We fail to see the bigger picture in which we are involved. Each of us plays an important role in service to others, caring for others, connecting with others. We each have gifts to share.
This past week, I was in conversation with my friend and coach. I was talking to him about what was going on in my life and trying to make sense of my path and various circumstances that were presenting themselves. As I shared with him “my approach to figuring it all out”, he in a constructive, caring, and coaching way said, “Julie, stop focusing on yourself right now and think about how you can benefit others; the clearest answers come when you are helping others.”
Eureka! His advice was “spot on”! Neither he nor I are saying that you should not be introspective and reflect to gain insight. What is being said, however, is that we can focus so much on ourselves that we cannot see the forest for the trees. We can get sucked into an abyss. Lifting yourself up, connecting with others, sharing your gifts for others’ benefit may be just the different perspective that is needed to bring about clarity, joy, fulfillment, etc.
So, on this Memorial Day, let’s take a lesson out of the handbook of those who are living their lives in service to us and our country. Let’s ask ourselves one of life’s most important questions, “what am I doing for others”? Remember, “what we do for ourselves dies with us; what we do for others and the world remains immortal” (Albert Pike).
Have a GREAT day and a GREAT week.Share the wonder of YOU with those around you 😊!