I do my best to be joyful, optimistic, look on the bright side, speak and think with kindness, trouble shoot issues from a place of possibility and assume that no matter how mean someone seems, they are just doing their best. I complain though too, just as we all do.
Sometimes I forget that I lived a whole life before actually starting to live my life. I used to look at those years as wasted time, until I got to the most impactful thing I've learned thus far: love it all.
Difficult situations, sunny vacations, filling out a police report, saving a life, being saved, watching kids grow up, creating community, being snubbed, drinking coffee, being sick, getting married, being divorced, laughing all day, crying myself to sleep, seeing the world, being stuck, canceled flights, wild nights, falling in love, being dumped, learning something new, getting wrinkles, and the list goes on….
Everything that happens and every choice we make comes with an opportunity to move forward and enhance life, stay the same and remain neutral, or go backwards and take away from life. We are the ones who make that decision difficult and keep ourselves small. Choosing to get stuck in complaint is JUST AS EASY as choosing not to. Choosing regret and guilt is JUST AS EASY as being free and full of life. Yes, it takes practice, and yes it is possible.
I can celebrate and love it all. Today, that choice is easy.