Not Just Any Life Motto
Why Have a Life Motto?
Having a motto you live by has many benefits for you and the people are around you. You have the power to create your own reality and inspire others with the motto or mantra you try to live by.
1. Enables you to stop destructive thinking and develop positive self-talk
2. Can help you change a habit
3. Can remind you of who you are and what you stand for
4. Can teach character strengths
5. Can calm your mind
6. Increase your productivity
7. Give you the encouragement that will help you persist
8. Add some pleasure, fun, and humor to life
“Live in the Moment”
I love this idea. Don’t you ever think,” I wished I enjoyed this more” or “life is too short” or “I should have savored that time”? I often would say that after I complete a season with a dance team or on closing night of a show. I would find myself wishing I had just loved what I was doing and enjoyed the whole process. I was so caught up in dancing my best and in trying to get through til the end, that I forgot to enjoy it. It was the summer of 2017 when I toured with my dance team to five countries in Europe, when I finally grasped this idea.
I am usually a really focused person and I have the mentality that you can have fun after the work is done. This is a nope. Don’t do this. The work is never done. You have to enjoy it as you go. I give you permission to enjoy life and to enjoy your work. I will provide you some of the tips and tricks that I use daily to enjoy my life. I would try to step back from a situation and take everything in: the sounds, the people, the sight, my feelings, etc. and take a mental and emotional picture of that moment. For example, you hiked to the top of a mountain. You don’t want to just head back down where you came from. Look out, see, feel, taste, hear, and smell the world!
Another thing I try to do is be involved with people. Get to know them! Human relationships have the power to enrich our lives. Find out what your co-worker likes to do for fun. Bring cookies to your neighbor that you rarely talk to. Say hi to that lady at the park. I danced on a team with 30 other dancers and I only knew about a handful of them. I tried to meet a least one new person on team everyday. I sincerely wanted to get to know these people and learn about their love for dance (something we had in common). Their stories and life challenges and other things I learned about them really inspired me and helped me become the person I am today. These relationships have enriched that experience we were sharing together. which happened to be a two week long tour across the country. I challenge you to start a conversation with someone you don’t really you know at your work or school.
I love my life! I have developed really good interpersonal communication skill, I have grown and learned more than I ever thought I could, and I enjoy the little moments. I have had experiences that I will cherish forever and are the gateway to more amazing opportunities. Life is really short, so stop wasting it on comparing or wishing for more than you have. Enjoy the journey my friends!