Autumn is such a hopeful time. Keep your chin up and your shoulders back – you’ve made it this far, and that’s amazing!
Last weekend’s harvest moon has really got me thinking about nourishment. As the seasons change, sometimes so do our priorities. The back to school vibe of September is a great time to check in and figure out what best fills you up – nutritionally, emotionally, even spiritually.
At the end of the day, just do your best and be true to yourself. It’s really all we can do, isn’t it?
Looking around it may seem like some people just have it better than you. They may appear to be more accomplished, have more things or even enjoy more happiness than you do. Judging yourself against the lives of others only harms you. You never know what cobwebs might be hanging behind someone’s gleaming smile or job promotion. Everyone struggles, everyone has their own stories to tell, and comparing yourself to what might appear to be brighter, bigger or better than you is completely unproductive. Be proud of yourself, your story and your accomplishments AND have joy for others, knowing that you will never know their full story. Everyone deserves contentment, give yourself the gift of liberating yourself of jealousy and comparison.
Stress can have a major impact on your physical health as well as your mental health. In addition to anxiety, stress can cause heart problems, stomach problems, and leads to a host of other issues such as social withdrawal and sleep deprivation. How to cope? I am still figuring that out, but one start is to enjoy some sunshine. It is perfectly acceptable to take some time for yourself and literally do nothing. However, if you find that stress is over taking your life, the absolute best thing to do is to ask for help, from a friend, family member or professional.
There is only one you in the whole universe and existence of time. Isn’t that fantastic?
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt”
Wise words, I guess. The above quote is often attributed to Mark Twain or Abraham Lincoln, but the truth is that no one really knows. Such “wise” statements are often attributed to a many different people including they are just cliches that get constantly repeated Perhaps instead of invoking the words of people long gone (not discounting their achievements and importance in history of course) we should make our own quotes and define our own wisdom!
The only person who really needs to approve of you is you. When you have convinced yourself that you are amazing just as you are, you will convince everyone else too.
Don’t get stuck in the day to day, keep your eyes and mind on the bigger picture. Things are never as bad as they seem, and you never know, one day you have your head stuck in a fence, in a few months you might be on top of the world.
What are you doing with your life? Perhaps consider that you don’t always need to have an answer to this question. Sometimes, you might find yourself embarking on thrilling adventures. Other times, you might just be doing what you must to get by. It takes a long time to figure it out, and what might work for awhile may change and transform. It’s ok if you don’t know, and it might even be ok if you never know.