Sometimes we need a little aide-memoire to gain a better clarity of life. This assists a great deal in getting rid of the silly woes pestering us unnecessarily.
Many times we tend to complicate things in life by worrying about trivial things like traffic, a silly fight, an irritated kid or a cluttered inbox. We tend to forget that ultimately life is short.
Here are 5 powerful things to remember each morning that can help you with a better clarity on life:
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5. Each passing day, you are one day closer to death.
It may sound a bit dramatic, but let’s face it.
We all need to be aware of the fact that each day we live brings us an inch closer to the death. That doesn’t imply that you should be afraid of death. However, this should be a wake-up call to experience life before it’s too late. Try the things you always wanted to do but were too hesitant to take action.
Life is transient, so make the most of it TODAY! As Steve Jobs asserted in his Stanford Speech, “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life.”
The expectations, pride, fear of embarrassment and failure – all these elements that you constantly keep worrying about, fade away with time. What matters is how joyously you lived your life and the value you gave to the world.
4. You are making an impact on the world, whether you are aware of it or not.
Each one of us is only a single entity among the massive billions of species habituating the earth. So, it’s easy to undermine our impact in this enormous world.
Yet, we need to understand that every one of us is contributing to the world by demonstrating our integrity of living in it. For instance, a person addicted to smoking will create air pollution whether he intends to or not. On the other hand, giving someone a simple smile or texting them a motivational quote may brighten them up, even if it’s a tiny thing.
Your actions affect people around you. Your non-actions also affect others, in more ways than you can imagine.
So take heed, the next time you find yourself judging or mauling someone. Keep in mind that your actions (and non-actions) are constantly creating an impact. This is a very subtle responsibility we all have because we are all connected on a deeper level.
Wake up every morning and question yourself, “What kind of impact do I want to create today?’’
3. Today is a new chance to pursue your dreams.
Each morning gives you a bundle of limitless opportunities to chase your dreams. Each day greets you with new prospects to be happy and grateful for the blessings you have in life. It’s on you, to not put restrictions on these opportunities and live joyously to inspire others.
Don’t bear grudges or blame yourself for the things that didn’t go as per plan yesterday. Your past history shouldn’t be a roadblock in achieving your purpose today. Treat every morning as a coterie of new possibilities to avail.
Release and rekindle. Be willing to be a beginner every single morning. Setting a goal to make every day count, will put you in the lead on the treacherous roadmap to success.
Let bygones be bygones. Ignore the irrelevant let-downs of the past. Today is a brand new outstanding day!
2. Eventually, everything connects.
Sometimes, things may feel too complicated or random. But it will all make sense when you look back years later. You’ve got to trust and continue your work with unremitting diligence.
Once again, Steve Jobs said it the best:
“So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. Because believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path. And that will make all the difference.”
So if you woke up today feeling confused or disconnected, just remember – “Eventually, everything connects.”
1. Today is a gift.
Life is a gift to be cherished, loved and shared. Use it wisely, live it to the fullest, but just don’t waste it. Life is too valuable to leave your song unsung, your book unwritten, or your dreams are undone. Stop doubting yourselves. You are absolutely special and gifted in your own way. Make the best out of it!
You have a distinctive worth, you can’t earn it with accomplishments or by hitting your goals. This means you can’t lose it either when you think you haven’t done enough. Just let go of the negativity and unnecessary comparison with others that only drags you down.
Instead of getting stuck in this whirlwind, focus on the power of ‘Now’.
Today is a precious gift, that’s why it is called the “Present”. Remember to utilise it well.
It’s your turn now:
Keeping tabs on these five truths every morning will help you weed your way out of the cobweb of superfluous worries and silly anxieties. And thereby, helping you focus on what truly matters.