There are several different ways to live your life: you can choose to not live it, you can choose to half-heartedly live it, you can choose to give it an attempt, you can choose to do your best and you can choose to live life full out. Choosing to live life full-out is not for the faint of heart; it takes a lot of courage to get up every day with a can-do attitude and carry that through the day while taking bold actions and fully loving everyone in your life.
While most of us won’t choose to be part of that small percentage that lives life full-out, there is a way to turn our lives that are attempted or being lived the best we can into lives that are just a little more: be grateful. I’ve seen the results and impact that being grateful can have on a child or adult, and the difference that it can make in their future. Simply letting someone know you appreciate them, recognizing them and their existence can have the biggest difference on someone’s life and future. There are plenty of stories of those who were considering ending their lives but because of the kindness of another person they chose to give life another try and as a result did some amazing things.
The good news is that we don’t have to get to our end before we start really living, we can start today. Every so often in the news you hear about people who are living their lives full-out because of a life-threatening condition like Brittany or Lauren, or Leah. A death sentence often changes our perspective on life, and is a reminder how special it really is.
But rather than get to that point I would encourage you to make today special. Choose to live, choose to love, choose to be patient, choose to do a little something for someone or yourself each day that will make their day or yours just a little brighter or better, and make a point of finding one thing each day you are grateful for, you’ll be amazed at the transformation in your life just doing those two little things.
“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie