There are few things that make me feel as great inside and out as the autumn of the year. Living in a legitimate four seasons area, a person is fortunate to see all of the positives and negatives that each time of year provides. Each has a list of positives and negatives but the one that makes me happiest is fall.
Why am I grateful for these things? Well, really there is no other choice because these things are going to exist whether I am grateful for them or not. But when you think about it the presence of difficulties and hardships are a vital part of the journey. They reveal much about ourselves, what we are really made off and force us to grow.
Age is just a number, however, there are some numbers that are much more intimidating than others and turning 50 is one of these.
To me, at this milestone, I have conflicting feelings, I assume all people are the same. I have fears and insecurities about life, just as I did when I was turning 40, 30, 20 or even 10. Hopefully, I have developed tools and learned lessons that have helped me navigate the aging process in a positive manner. Embracing the experience. Reflection is one of the tools that I use to understand the value of an experience. To take that lesson into living my life every day.
We each have space inside of us that exists for us to fill with all of the things that matter in our lives. From birth until we leave this experience people make decisions about what exactly is going to fill their empty space most enjoyable. All of the things we pay attention to and the actions that you take fill that space. As we grow older the decisions about the space are going to be more important. Things that filled our space when we were 20 years old, no longer seem to fit and fall away. Events that filled our space are over and in order for new experiences and things to get in we have to let things fall away from us and move comfortably into the past. What is in your space that you should let go of? What should you keep?
Change is an inevitable and vital part of life. Change is happening to everyone each day. Some of the differences are so imperceptible as to be invisible but they are there none the less. It is human nature I think, to want to hold tightly to the past and things we are comfortable with, like a child with a blanket, these ideas, and possessions present a form of comfort, even if they no longer serve us.
Every person in the world in the history of mankind has been faced with the fact that life at times is going to be difficult or challenging. It doesn’t matter what skills and tools you possess, Einstein intelligence, classic beauty, superior physical strength, or massive understanding, you are going to at some time find that life is kicking you around like a rag doll. It is natural that your confidence will be shaken. These times are not meant to break you but to strengthen you. The challenge is thing that will cement your confidence in yourself.
Looking at the experience of living I can only come to one conclusion and that is that life is a beautiful play. Designed to teach you lessons along the way, fooling you into believing that you are in control and driving the ride you are on, but supplying the stage for triumph or tragedy. Revealing slowly, surely and completely that we may not be completely in control of this story but the mere beneficiary of the script. Left to choose to become this or that, rich or poor, smart or ignorant, accepting or judgmental, there are many choices we do make but it is all seems to be a predetermined act and we are merely the actors.
When you look at your existence what do you feel? Are you located in your body alone, simply taking up the space that you are physically in at the moment? Or are you more than that? Only you can answer this. Do you make yourself small like a pebble or big like the sky? This decision is made each day by all people living all over the world, in all sorts of circumstances.
Personal Growth Leads to Living Well
In our lives, there is nothing so important as seeking out and pursuing opportunities to grow as a person. Just as any other living creature, our purpose in life is to contribute and to continually move toward becoming our best selves. Just as plants are born and start to grow throughout their lives.
As you look at your life and each activity that you are participating in asking yourself if there is a chance for growth in doing this. We are all consciously, physically and mentally going one of two ways. 1. We are getting better or becoming more or growing 2. We are getting worse, becoming less or shrinking.
Life isn’t always easy. The path of least resistance is most often not going to be your path. Hardships and chaos can make you wonder what this is all for. Why do we have to experience painful moments? What is the point?
I have often found that accepting the difficult parts of life to be some of the hardest lessons learned. They are painful and most often cause you to look deep inside of yourself to see the truth. You can feel angry, upset or out of control. Whatever your reaction to the events of your life, understand that the events are most likely not going to change, but the reaction and growth you experience will. So what is the point?
All things are changing at all times. Absolutely nothing or anybody stays exactly as they are right now. Either things are moving in a positive direction or they are becoming less positive and your life is a reflection of the transformation that you are experiencing in any area. Personal wealth, health, and relationships are developing each day and your choices fuel that process one way or another. Fortunately, we are creators and can take charge of the transformation process. Here are 6 factors that lead to positive personal change.
Develop a Positive Attitude