WANT TO KNOW A SECRET? ~ STAY JUICY!

ANY CHANCE YOU KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO BE HAPPY? THE ANSWER ISN’T A SECRET AT ALL. WE JUST FORGET SOMETIMES AS WE RUSH THROUGH OUR LIVES.

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YES, IT’S ALL ABOUT BALANCE. WHAT EXACTLY DOES IT MEAN TO LIVE A BALANCED LIFE? SIT DOWN SOMETIME AND WRITE DOWN EVERYTHING THAT’S IMPORTANT TO YOU. THEN WRITE A LIST OF WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE IN YOUR LIFE NOW. COMPARE THE TWO LISTS. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR PRIORITIES IN TERMS OF YOUR ACTIONS? DO THEY MATCH UP? WILL WHAT YOU ARE CHOOSING TO DO GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO GO?

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BE TRUTHFUL HERE. NO ONE BUT YOU IS READING WHAT YOU’VE WRITTEN. UNTIL YOU TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR CHOICES, IT WILL ALWAYS FEEL LIKE LIFE IS RUNNING YOU INSTEAD YOU RUNNING YOUR LIFE.THAT DOESN’T MEAN YOU WILL ALWAYS LIKE THE WAY EVENTS ARE GOING, BUT WHEN YOU TAKE THEM IN STRIDE, REALIZING YOU AREN’T ALWAYS IN CONTROL OF EVERYTHING, YOU CAN HAVE MORE BALANCE AND SENSE OF EQUILIBIRUM.

BALANCE REQUIRES YOU TO BE ADAPTABLE TO THE EVER CHANGING SITUATIONS LIFE PRESENTS. SOME OF THE CHANGES CAN FEEL VERY SCARY AND STRESSFUL YET WHEN WE REACT FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A VICTIM, WE MAKE THE EXPERIENCE EVEN HARDER ON US. HAVING A BAD EXPERIENCE IS ONE THING, YET EVERY TIME WE BRING IT UP AGAIN, TALKING AND TELLING OTHERS ABOUT IT, EVEN RE-FEELING THE PAIN, WE ARE ACTUALLY CONTINUALLY CREATING OUR OWN SELF-HARM.

WE ALL KNOW HOW EASY IT IS TO BECOME COMFY IN OUR LIFE SITUATIONS, EVEN WHEN THEY AREN’T GOOD FOR US. CHANGE CAN BE SCARY BUT IT’S A NATURAL PART OF NATURE. MAKE DECISIONS THAT ARE LIFE AFFIRMING FOR YOU. DON’T SETTLE FOR RELATIONSHIPS THAT AREN’T MUTUALLY RESPECTFUL AND SUPPORTIVE. WE ARE ALL CHANGING IN EVERY MOMENT AND IF WE TRUST THE PROCESS, WE WILL EVENTUALLY UNDERSTAND WHY WE NEED EVERY EXPERIENCE FOR THE LESSONS THEY TEACH US.

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NOW SIT DOWN AND REWRITE THE LIST OUTLINING WHAT YOU WANT AND YOUR STRATEGY TO GETTING THERE. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ADDED AN ACTIVITY IN SERVICE TO OTHERS BECAUSE HEART-DIRECTED SERVICE IS THE EASIEST WAY TO MAKE YOUR LIFE HAPPIER. SERVICE TO OTHERS MAKES YOU GET OUTSIDE OF YOURSELF AND INTO SOMEONE ELSES’ LIFE. BE A BIG BROTHER OR SISTER AND YOU WILL SOON BE THANKING THE HEAVENS YOU ONLY HAVE YOUR PROBLEMS, BESIDES SHOWING A KID OR AN ADULT SOMEONE CARES ABOUT THEM. THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE WALKING AROUND FEELING UNLOVED. IF YOU ARE ONE OF THEM, REACH OUT IN A LOVING WAY TO OTHERS, AND THE LOVE WILL BE RETURNED TENFOLD.

GETTING THRU BAD DAYS

REMEMBER ALL THE PAST CHALLENGES YOU’VE GOTTEN THROUGH SUCCESSFULLY. KNOW YOU WILL KEEP DOING THAT. INCLUDE GRATITUDE FOR EVERYTHING YOU DO HAVE AND YOU WILL BEGIN TO HAVE MORE. REMEMBER YOUR TREASURES CAN NEVER BE BOUGHT; THEY INCLUDE THE BLESSINGS OF LIFE, AIR TO BREATHE, WATER TO REFRESH YOU AND THIS WONDERFULLY LANDSCAPED PLANET WE’RE ALLOWED TO LIVE ON. HAVE GRATITUDE FOR EVERYTHING.

begin each day with a grateful heart

BEGIN EACH DAY WITH A PRAYER IN GRATITUDE FOR HAVING ANOTHER DAY. JUMP INTO A HOT SHOWER AND BE GRATEFUL YOU AREN’T ONE OF THE OTHER 95% OF THE WORLD POPULATION THAT DOESN’T EVEN HAVE A SAFE WATER SOURCE TO DRINK. WAKE UP AND SEE ALL THAT YOU DO HAVE. THAT’S THE BIG SECRET. THE MORE GRATITUDE YOU HAVE, THE HAPPIER YOU WILL BECOME. VOLUNTEER, BE KIND TO EVERYONE, REFRAME ALL DISASTERS AS AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN. SURE, IT TAKES PRACTICE, BUT SO DOES ANYTHING WORTHWHILE ACQUIRING.

AND ALWAYS REMEMBER, WHEN YOU ARE VIBRANTLY ALIVE, YOU ARE THE MOST APPEALING AND THE MOST HEALTHY YOU CAN POSSIBLY BE, SO…~ STAY JUICY!

~ by Lorraine E. Castro on April 28, 2014.

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