Making The Most Of Each Day

Be true to yourself, help others, make each day your masterpiece, make friendship a fine art, drink deeply from good books – especially the Bible, build a shelter against a rainy day, give thanks for your blessings and pray for guidance every day. –John Wooden

We have one chance to make the most of each day.

We’ll never get the opportunity to live this day again.

I know. I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

But friend, sometimes we forget. We get caught up in life, the ups and the downs. We get stuck at the bottom or on the top of the roller coaster. Other times we get sidetracked and get off course.

Schedules get busy. Bills come in. Some months there’s more month than money. We meet ourselves coming and going.

But making the most of each day doesn’t have to be complicated. A few simple things can make all the difference.

Making the most of each day

Ways we can be about making the most of each day:

Smile.
Smiling lifts our moods and spirits. Even if we have to force it at first. Keep smiling. It’s contagious, as you’ll find others smiling back at you.

Look for the good.
No matter what happens in our day, try to find the good. It might not be easy to do, but it makes all the difference. What good is coming from this? Doing so helps our attitudes and lifts our perspective.

Help someone else.
Who around you could use a hand? Or an encouraging word? Or who might need someone to just listen? When we reach out to others, we start a positive change reaction which can make a difference in many lives, including our own.

Do one thing for yourself.
Choose to eat healthy. Take a walk. Sit outside for a few minutes to breathe in the fresh air. Make your favorite meal. Curl up with a good book. Take a nap. When we take some time to do something for ourselves, we fill ourselves back up.

Be thankful.
Look around and be thankful for what we see/hear/experience. We each have so much to be thankful for. When our hearts are filled with gratitude, the day is brighter, our steps are lighter, our attitudes are filled with joy.

What are some other ways we can be about making the most of each day?

Today’s a good day to begin!

Julie

On The Edge Of Almost

We have two choices at the edge of almost:  We can retreat because we’re at the end of what we can see, or we can take the step into the unknown and soar. 

I wonder how many have traveled to the edge of almost, and turned back because it looked like a dead end. The path ended, and ahead was an expanse of nothingness. Or so it appeared that way. But just over the edge was what their journey had prepared them for. Their dream, their future, their calling.

But because it was unseen, they lost hope, they lost determination, they lost what they were so close to attaining.

Just one more step would have taken them over the edge to be able to soar… to their dream, their calling, their passion.

Today, we might be finding ourselves on the edge of almost.

Yes, it may seem comfortable to retreat back. It’s scary to not be able to see the next step. It’s can appear to be easier to give up on your dreams and aspirations, than to keep moving forward.

But what follows are the regrets, the “what ifs,” the “I could haves, should haves.” And the choice to retreat becomes a harder one to swallow in the days, months, years to come.

Friend, I urge you, don’t give up. Don’t let yourself retreat. You’ve come too far, and everything you’ve worked for, dreamed for, planned for might appear in that very next step. Don’t be afraid. Go for it!

Take the next step. And soar!

Two choices at the edge of almost

Blessings!

Julie

 

This is Day 31 of 31 Days #EmbracingTheJourney. Yes, we’ve arrived at the end of this amazing adventure. Goodness, we’ve traveled through many twists and turns together these last 31 days. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for being my traveling buddy. Thank you for being here and blessing me and other readers. If you missed any of the posts, click on the link here. May God bless you in every way in the days ahead!
31 Days Finding Joy

 

Indulge Occasionally

Some days we just need to let go a little, don’t we? To let our hair down. To loosen up the tie. To have a little fun. To do something a tad-bit crazy.

When was the last time you did just that?

Let me ask you another question:  What’s your go-to indulgence?

Chocolate? Wine? Bacon?

When was the last time you indulged in it?

You know what they say…

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” (Or Jill a dull girl.)

Now, take for example, if I ate bacon every day (I used to when I was a teenager…seriously!), my heart probably wouldn’t be so happy. And now this week, with the report that came out saying processed meats can cause cancer, I should not be eating bacon every day (thank goodness I don’t).

But every once in a while is okay. Same goes for french fries, or cheesecake, or whatever your indulgence is.

Every once in a while is okay.

So, as you and I journey down the path before us, when life gets serious, and the clouds loom overhead, and we haven’t taken a break in awhile, may we remember to lighten up a little and appreciate again those things in life we enjoy.

Indulge occasionally

May we remember to indulge occasionally. And to not feel guilty about it (that’s where I struggle), but to savor it.

We certainly don’t want to be dull boys or girls, do we??

(My husband is making apple crisp as I write this. I’m heading to the kitchen to indulge in some right this very moment.)

Blessings!

Julie

 
It’s Day 30 of 31 Days #EmbracingTheJourney. Now, I need to clarify something… I’m not referring to indulging in something that’s morally wrong. That’s not something I would choose to write about here. I think you know where I’m coming from in my words, right? This post is also a part of Five Minute Friday. Free-writing for five minutes on a one-word prompt. This week’s prompt is BACON. All Five Minute Friday writings can be found at Kate Motaung’s place.
31 Days Finding Joy

Step Into The Sea

It’s easy to do what we’ve always done, isn’t it?

I believe we human beings tend to be habitual creatures. We get used to how something is or how life goes and we like it that way.

Oftentimes change can be difficult.

Oftentimes we find we do a certain activity or we go about our day a certain way because “we’ve always done it that way.”

We put our head down, and tread the same path, doing the same actions, day after day.

Am I the only one??

I wonder how many special scenes, moments, opportunities I’ve missed on my journey because I was focused on just “doing what I’ve always done.”

Doing what we’ve always done isn’t a bad thing, though. But if we’re stuck in a rut and think things will change if we keep doing the same thing, we’re misled.

“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” –Albert Einstein

Life is full of endless opportunities, unlimited potential, and never-ending occasions.

Life is a sea of possibilities.

Sometimes we just need to lift our eyes, perceive what’s around us, and step into the unknown.

Step into the seaTo step into the sea.

To allow ourselves the space to dream again, to give ourselves permission to try something new.

To not be hindered by the unknown, but to embrace a new and different experiences.

To take a brave step forward, to get a little uncomfortable, and to realize there’s more to life than how we’ve been living.

I don’t know what sea is ahead for you, but don’t be afraid of the possibilities it holds.

Just take one step at a time.

Cheering you on as you step forward today!

Blessings!

Julie

 

It’s Day 29 of 31 Days #EmbracingTheJourney. What is your “sea” that’s ahead of you? Is there one step you can take forward in it today?
31 Days Finding Joy

Finding joy in the journey…

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