No matter how old we are, there are several
things that we get to enjoy. It is this enjoyment
that is the key to a happy life. If you can
appreciate the following, you'll be set for life!
Whether its sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, extremely
hot or extremely cold, every morning that we wake up
and can be grateful for another day is a good day!
These mornings become sweeter as we grow older, and
therefore probably elicit more appreciation.
Over and beyond being grateful for waking up this
morning, the weather outside is something to enjoy.
Interestingly enough, it's not necessary for the day
to be sunny, with blue skies and a nice little
breeze to be beautiful. In fact, when everyday is
sunny, it gets kind of boring. Having lived in New
England for 30 years, I know the truth of "If
you don't like the weather here, just wait 10
minutes and it will change". To me, that's the
most perfect weather of all, when it changes
frequently and I get to experience a ton of
different atmospheric conditions.
While we might not always enjoy our family when we
are younger, most adults enjoy their family
relationships. Whether it's our birth family or our
own family, there are many experiences we can share
only with those closest to us. To paraphrase an old
proverb, "No man is a hero to his family".
This is an added benefit as we can 'be ourselves'
with family as we can't be with anyone else.
Most of us have communities of varying sizes.
Because it is a personal preference, it may be one
or two very close friends up to large numbers of
groups we surround ourselves with. It all depends on
where we feel comfortable. The important thing is to
enjoy whatever relationships we have. If we don't,
the best gift we can give ourselves is to let go of
non-productive or constantly negative relationships.
Sense of humor
A sense of humor is something we all have, although
there is quite a range in exactly what that means to
each of us. Again, the important thing is to have
opportunities to laugh, chuckle, howl, grin or smile
on a regular basis.
A deep relationship with God
Our spiritual life is an important piece of our
daily enjoyment. Again, I don't believe there is a
'right' religion or spiritual practice, as long as
you have some deep bond with a source bigger and/or
greater than yourself.
The drama of life
Being able to take several steps back and look at
life as an uninterested bystander has its perks.
Seeing the big picture allows one to realize how
human nature works and to notice repeatable
patterns. It's another great way to stand back and
enjoy the drama that we call life.
As many say, "without your health, you have
nothing". Do what you need to do so that you
can enjoy your life with the energy and vitality
that keeps it that way!
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Louise Morganti Kaelin, all rights reserved.
Louise was a Life Success Coach who partnered with others to help them turn their dreams
into reality. She passed on in 2011.