Don't forget to hit the "Pause" button every now and then and take sometime for yourself for something you enjoy!
We decided to do handwritten cards this year. I got to thinking - what is the point of a photo card when everybody sees all your pictures (including the holiday photoshoot) on social media? I thoroughly enjoyed doing the handwritten cards. They did take much longer, but felt more personal.
However, I did notice as I was doing it that there were quite a few people who maybe don't have social media who would have liked seeing a photo. Maybe next year I'll do a hybrid method of Christmas-carding :)
It can be frustrating when things don't work out the way we want, when we want. When it seems our life goals are taking longer to actualize themselves than we have in mind. But...
What if the obstacles we are facing today are actually preparing us for our purpose?
Be kind to people who aren't. They're the ones who need it most. - Author Unknown
As much as I love this quote, I would also like to add a thought. People on the receiving end of negative behavior need to be kind, for their own health! Harboring resentment only causes negative feelings within ourselves, ultimately leading to nowhere. So next time someone is rude or unkind to me, I want try to think of this topic from not only how I will react, but where my reaction will take me.
The other day I was venting (complaining) to someone about a struggle I was having. They responded with some wonderful words of advice: There will always be something in life we have to deal with. Right now, this is just your something.
This reminded me not to get too caught up in my little problem. I also saw this online quote that I found to be quite grounding, hope you enjoy!
Be okay with not knowing for sure what might come next but know that whatever it is you will be okay.
- Author Unknown
"What appears to be the end, may really be a new beginning."
- Author Unknown
We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.
- Anais Nin
I like this quote because it reminds me everyone has a different life story and therefore a different perspective! I've also found it helpful when someone is giving advise that could come across as criticism.
"The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart."
- Elisabeth Foley
"What if you just did it your own way? No rules, no right or wrong, just what you think is beautiful?"
- Sandra Magsamen
Sometimes I find myself getting so tired of a project I become unproductive and frustrated. That is why I love this quote:
There are times when the best thing you can do is walk away and come back another day.
- Richard Rybolt
I love this quote...
In the noise and confusion of our fast-paced, busy world, the quiet voice of peace can only be heard when we choose silence.
I am guilty of letting little things get me down. In fact, when I read these quotes I felt like I was being called out. I think they are great for helping keep life's little inconveniences in perspective!
"A man's as miserable as he thinks he is."
- Lucius Annaeus Seneca
"Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it."
- Fyodor Dostoevsky
“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength."
- Carrie Ten Boom
Cornelia "Corrie" ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, along with her father and other family members, helped many Jews excape the Nazi Holocaust during World War War II. She was imprisoned for her actions (Wikipedia).
A few years ago I was listening to a speaker who posed the question: Is the path you're on leading you to where you want to go?
He then went on to illustrate that we can have every intention of our life unfolding the way we have in our minds, but this will not happen unless we are living our lives in line with our goals and making a conscious effort to make things happen the way we want.
This definitely struck a cord with me. It is so easy to get in the daily grind and forget about the big picture. Is the path you're on leading you where you want to go? I hope so! :)
I read an awesome quote today:
"A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success."
~ Author Unknown
Hopefully we can adopt this concept into how we treat others.