- You count your blessings.
Even if you wake up every morning wondering what it really is you’re supposed to be doing with this life, you’re grateful for something. There’s always a couple things to be thankful for, even if it’s just that you were able to put dinner on the table last night, or don’t have to live in a tent under a bridge…or as my mom likes to say, “that you’re going to sleep on clean sheets.” If you’re not counting those blessing, please do: take 30 seconds, before you roll in to or out of bed each day to appreciate what you have, rather than what you don’t.
- You are hopeful…
…That no matter what you’re going through — and we’re all going through something (if you don’t believe me, ask our Crew for a story: firstname.lastname@example.org) there’s light at the end of what sometimes feels like a long, dark tunnel. There’s always light. Sometimes you just have to keep marching through the dark ’til you find it. Your hope — and the things that you like or love about your life — can be your flashlight.
- You’re free.
You don’t live in a country where you take your life in your hands every time you run out for a quart of milk. While our country has its fair share of political hiccups at the moment, and the threat of some scary sh*t is very real, you don’t have to worry about dodging bullets every day, every time you leave your home. Please don’t take your freedom for granted.
- You can love freely.
No matter your sexual preference, or how religion plays into the decisions you make, today, it’s legal to love and marry the person you love. Finally!
- You have options.
If you’re not happy, free will allows you to do something about it. Do a deep dive and look closely at the things that aren’t working in your life. Then step outside your bubble and make yourself uncomfortable, even if it scares you. Change isn’t easy, but it’s the only way to grow.Take a leap, and use what you got to get what you need. Even if the net doesn’t appear, you probably won’t break anything. Except your resolve to do things a little differently, if even a little bit.
- Somebody loves you.
Even if you haven’t found your Tribe or your soulmate (yet – it’s waitin’ for you at Campowerment…just sayin’), you have at least one person in your life who cares about you and your well being. Reach out to your person today and fill up his/her tank with a little love of your own. It always comes back, and there’s always more where it came from.
- You get to make your dreams come true.
If you take the time to sit quietly (out in nature, perhaps) and think about exactly what you want, you might actually get it. You can’t get to where you’re going if you don’t know where to head. Dream up your destination and get movin’.
- You have the power to leave your past in the past.
We’re all haunted in one way or another, but lucky for us, research shows the human mind erases experiences after three weeks, unless aided by a photo or a journal entry. Stop thinking about the thing or things that went wrong back then, and they won’t buy real estate in your head. If you can allow yourself to forgive those who wronged you, you can send those bad memories packing. In short, get over it!
- You’re breathing.
Even if your health is not where you’d like it to be…or that big deal fell through…or the family is fighting…or…or…or…the bottom line is this: you woke up today. Maybe you got to see the blue sky or hear beautiful music; maybe both! Don’t take your life for granted. Get those feet on the ground of this sweet Earth and make today worth living.
- You’re not alone.
If ever you think you’re the only one thinking about whatever it is that worries you, stresses you out, saddens, please know that you’re not. Take solace in that, but don’t get too comfy in that solace. Misery loves company, but so does happiness. Find people who “get” you. Whether they share sentiments or past experiences, likemindedness comes from current — or future — commonalities, too. Make new memories and find togetherness in a space (mental or physical) worth spending time, and if you haven’t found the people to join you, keep looking for them in places that attract ‘em…and you. There are 7.4 billion people on this planet; it’s self-righteous to think you’re the only one having experienced…well…anything. How beautiful a human experience!Which takes us right back to #1…
Grandy taught us that, “readers are leaders,” so keep on!