Such a simple topic, but oh, so very important. I have often pondered this and have come up with a few ideas of How to Love The Life You Live.
According to Goalcast, (https://www.goalcast.com/2017/07/27/7-oprah-winfrey-quotes-to-charge-your-day-with-gratitude/)Oprah Winfrey had this to say about gratitude
“Being grateful all the time isn’t easy. But it’s when you least feel thankful that you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective. Gratitude can transform any situation. It alters your vibration, moving you from negative energy to positive. It’s the quickest, easiest most powerful way to effect change in your life — this I know for sure.”
Oprah also speaks about keeping a gratitude journal, and had this to say (http://www.oprah.com/spirit/oprahs-gratitude-journal-oprah-on-gratitude)
“Here’s what I was grateful for on October 12, 1996:
1. A run around Florida’s Fisher Island with a slight breeze that kept me cool.
2. Eating cold melon on a bench in the sun.
3 . A long and hilarious chat with Gayle about her blind date with Mr. Potato Head.
4. Sorbet in a cone, so sweet that I literally licked my finger.
5. Maya Angelou calling to read me a new poem. ”
I followed the gratitude journal advice and listed just three things I am grateful for daily, before going to sleep or at the time I wake, it truly impacted the tone of the day. I started out grateful or fell asleep in a state of gratitude. Gratitude is good – try it.
In a quick Google search I found an article about gratitude on Success.com. https://www.success.com/15-thoughtful-quotes-about-gratitude/
My favourite is from Albert Einstein:
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein
I believe in miracles, so this really spoke to my heart. Speaking of miracles, let’s look at what the Bible has to say about gratitude, the word in this scripture is “thanksgiving”
Philippians 4 : 6 – 7 says
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
So we are not to be anxious no matter what the situation, and we are pray and petition our Heavenly Father, with thanksgiving, in other words, gratitude.
I don’t know about you but I appreciate verse 7 especially, I want the peace of God which transcends all understanding – peace in my heart and my mind will definitely help me to love the life I live. One of my biggest stresses is when I watch the news or scroll through social media only to be bombarded with images that one cannot unsee! Ones I certainly would not choose to see, not ever! Knowing that by “prayer and petition, with thanksgiving” I can approach the throne of our creator, make my “requests” – that is the desires of my heart! – and my reward will be “peace”, now that is just incredible!
So yes, Gratitude and Peace go hand-in-hand.
One person who certainly knows how to love the life he lives is Sir Richard Branson. I searched his name and the word “peace” and came up with an article where he discusses peace: https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/what-does-peace-mean-you
Sir Richard Branson was quoted as saying “Peace in our personal lives can contribute to peace in society as a whole. Practice forgiveness, listen to others and be prepared to compromise. If you can’t get along with your neighbour, are you surprised when world leaders can’t agree on the bigger issues of our time?”
How much truth is there in this quote? We need to practice forgiveness, listen to others and be prepared to compromise. I love the way be expands it to the macro view of world issues too.
Fortunately for me, Sir Richard Branson associated peace and forgiveness with one another. My next word is none other than “forgiveness”
Here are two powerful quotes about forgiveness:
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that prisoner was you” – Lewis B. Smedes (ethicist and theologian)
I don’t know about you, but I am challenged by the first quote, strength of character is appealing to me, I will train it to grow it, if need be. The second quote is a paradigm shift for many. Freedom is so very important to me.
One of my all time favourite human beings is none other than Mother Theresa herself, she knew how to love, and I mean truly love – she loved the unlovable, gave them dignity, even in death. Mother Theresa associates love and forgiveness. Never a truer word said than this quote right here.
So now we have gone full circle, back to the word “love” and How to Love the Life you Live.
For me, “How to Love the Life You Live” is all about creating the life I was designed for, one that is centered around my purpose. This is so much easier said than done, but certainly not impossible! You will see from my Mindset Mastery article that I believe in visualising too and it is something I do daily. This practice is scriptural Proverbs 29 :18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but happy is he who keeps the teaching.” Clearly there is more to it than vision, but vision certainly is important – without it “people perish”. It seems to me that the word “perish” in this context refers not only to the human body dying, but also our dreams, our ambitions, our goals – all the things that light us up!
So, what lights you up? It may not be one thing only, it may be a range of things. For me it is about making a difference in the lives of others and creating a life of financial and geographic freedom for me.
How am I pursuing these things? Right here, on this website, I am building an online affiliate marketing business. How does this make a difference to the lives of others?
- My message is about encouraging you and showing you how to love the life you live.
- I am sharing a way for you to earn an income that will give you the freedom to pursue those things which matter to you.
- The income generated from my business will impact the lives of orphan children when I can afford to contribute to their tertiary education, to help them in creating the lives they were born for.
Encouragement from me to you
Don’t stop here, you have searched for “How To Love The Life You Live”, do these things and learn from the best (not me, Richard Branson, Oprah, Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa)
1. Gratitude – keep a gratitude journal
2. Forgive those who hurt you
3. Find what lights a fire inside you – there are many resources to assist with this, The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren is one that comes to mind
4. Seek the peace that surpasses all understanding. Do this prayerfully, asking your creator to gift you with His peace.
I am not a life coach nor a professional in psychology, but I have some life experience and am more than willing to assist you with any of these things, drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org – I would love to hear from you.