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Are You Living or Just Existing?

by Susan Regisford,
Self-Advancement Self-Awareness Balance

Are you living your life to the fullest or are you existing from one day to the next, going through the motion and hoping that no one notices?

Living life to the fullest does not mean that you do whatever you want, whenever you want and never worrying about the consequences. Living life to the fullest means that you have balance in your life. You can enjoy the good and embrace fully the joy it brings you; yet, you can also learn from the bad and appreciate the value of those experiences.

With so much uncertainty in the world these days, many find it hard to stop and smell the roses; yet, now more than ever, that is what needs to be done. There is always something that seems to prevent many from taking a much needed break to relax and enjoy the moment. There is an overwhelming level of tension that appears to be almost the norm in the daily lives of many. Life for many seems to be the overcoming of daily obstacles. While that may be true, there is no reason why you cannot stop and smell the proverbial rose.

If you never take the time to enjoy the simply things in life and embrace being alive, there may come a day when you look back with regret.

You may have heard of someone putting off living until they retired; yet, as soon as they retired, they got sick and unfortunately never got the chance to “live”. Life should not be about getting through the day just to get up and get through another day until retirement. Life should be about daily enjoying the blessings of being alive. It does not have to be something extravagant; although, every once in a while, you should pamper yourself with something special. It is about the quality of your life rather than the quantity of things in your life.

I heard this line in a movie and it struck a chord: “everyone dies, but not everyone lives.”

Being alive does not necessitate that you are living. If you go through the day with no sense of purpose or joy, you are not fully embracing the gift that you have been given. While there are many reasons to feel stressed and depressed, there are also many more reasons to feel optimistic and blessed. It is the downs that make the ups sweeter. It is in overcoming that you find joy. Find the beauty in the simple things and realize what a beautiful world God has created. Even though, we are doing our best to destroy it, there is still so much to love.

My mother always told me, “no matter what you do in life, do it to the best of your ability”; therefore, be the best employee, employer, mother, father, daughter, son, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, cousin, wife, husband or friend that you can be. For it is in giving that you find your greatest joy. Life is NOT easy, but you can still find joy, peace and contentment if you remember to embrace the good with the bad and trust God to direct your path.