If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...
I would tell you to B.E. Y.O.U.R.S.E.L.F. Let me share this acronym:
B = Be yourself
E = Escape into nature
Y = Yuck it up! Laugh
O = Offer a helping hand
U = Use humor daily
R = Relax by nurturing yourself
S = Simplify your life
E = Engage with others
L = Listen more, talk less
F = Face your fears
Being yourself comes from a place of authenticity and empowerment. It is not losing your voice, but saying your truth. It is accepting all of you your strengths and your weaknesses.
When you Escape into nature, there is a rekindling of the heart/soul from a cellular level. It is leaving the myriad daily to-do tasks, all the distractions and becoming quiet, observant and curious with the beauty around you. What can you see that you did not yesterday?
Nothing brings you to life as laughter, so Yuck it up! The saying “Laughter is the best medicine” is more potent than you could ever imagine. When was the last time you had a belly laugh? How did you feel?
Have you been the recipient of another’s generosity? Offering a helping hand to someone or some cause brings you out of yourself. You are cemented in the present moment. Give freely give with no expectation of reciprocity.
Be willing to laugh at and with yourself by Using humor daily. It takes way too much energy to be serious. It takes more muscles to frown than to smile… so giggle a lot. It is infectious.
Relax by nurturing yourself. Take a “time out” each day for doing something just for you. You deserve it! What is it that brings a smile to your face? What is your passion? Can’t read a whole book? Try reading a chapter a day. Good is better than perfect.
Are you finding yourself stressed or overtired, too much going on? Then it is time to Simplify your life. The more you put on your plate, the more calories you take in. Reduce the amount of commitments by saying NO to just one thing. You do have choices; which one will you choose?
Engage with others who inspire you, and pick your friends wisely. Be a true friend, Listen more and talk less. Never interrupt. Know when to be quiet. For real listening comes from the heart and it knows exactly how to reply.
And lastly when you Face your fears, know that stepping out of your comfort zone is exactly what you are supposed to do. That is where true growth happens. Remember when one door closes, another one opens. What door will you choose?
So I ask you this: Knowing that life is not a dress rehearsal, how do you want to live your life? And if not now, when?
Start where you stand.