I’ve heard the saying often and even experienced it myself on several occasions: you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone. Because I know this to be true, I want to make sure that I’m enjoying life’s daily moments. Sometimes, when you find yourself in the middle of a project or a journey, it's hard to stop and appreciate where you are now when you feel you have so much more to go.
So, how do you make sure you are enjoying life’s moments?
For me, when I’m writing in my journal, I make sure to note 3 specials moments in my day. They could be moments about my family, friends, nature, work, someone I helped, etc. Anything that I take note of on a day.
For today, my focus was on my family. My special moment with my daughter was when she had her little fingers wrapped around one of my hands while I was nursing her. My son’s moment was when we were walking home from the park and he was holding hands with my husband and I. For my hubby, our special moment was meditating together.
We often live our life thinking that things will be better when….when the kids are older, when I’m married, when I retire, when I get a raise, when I have more money, when I have more time, etc etc. Appreciate life’s perfect moments in the day and you won’t be living for a future life.
Find out what’s important to you: your family, friends, making a difference, your purpose...and find ways to appreciate them before they are gone. One day, we will all be gone.
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When someone is stressed out, what do they often hear from others? You need to take better care of yourself. You need to eat better, exercise, meditate, have some alone time, etc.
However…..being by yourself is not always what you need. Feeling isolated and alone is probably the cause of some of your stresses and problems in the first place. The solution isn’t always to be alone ...we need to know that we are not alone. So, what do we need instead?
We need a place where we know that we belong and are supported.
Community care is having the help and support from a group of people and in turn supporting them when they need it. Our community helps us out, whether that be physically, i.e. looking after your kids so you can have a night out, emotionally, mentally or spiritually.
Your community is there to tell you that it’s ok and to let you know that you are doing a good job and that you are not alone. We need to know that we are not alone and that help is only a phone call away.
Your community is also there when things go wrong.
Who is your community made of up? Friends? Family? Support groups? Neighbours? Make a list of those that you can call on. Don’t have anyone? Come to one of our advanced workshops and meet like minded individuals.
When faced with doing something that scares you, whether that be public speaking, running a marathon, starting a new venture, etc, you need to summon courage.
One way to help motivate you, is to make a list of your “why” or your reason for doing what you want to do.
What is your why? Your “why” is/are the reasons that you get up each morning and live your life. They are your children, your partner, your goals, your hopes and your dreams. When there is something that you don’t want to do out of fear or procrastination, you can remember what is important for you in your life.
This week, there were some phone calls that I was putting off making. What helped me to make them was to remember my children. One of my whys is to be a role model for them. If I did not lead by example and make those calls, how could I ask them to do something they didn’t want to do.
After reading my why’s and comparing what I had to do, I was able to easily finish my work.
When creating your ‘why’, remember to dream big. Maybe you are trying to quit smoking. Your why could be to live long enough to see your kids graduate. If you need to make a presentation at work, remember that your work pays you which allows you to go on vacations. Know why you are doing what you are doing.
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Last night, my newborn baby was having an unusually hard time falling asleep. After trying every trick I knew and then some, I was at my wit’s end with the crying. I found myself frustrated, tired and wanting to run away. Just when I had reached my breaking point, the little angel fell asleep.
What lessons did I learn?
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Dr. Amanda is a non-traditional chiropractor who focuses on Neuro-Optimization Chiropractic in Ottawa, Canada.