"Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more.
If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never,
ever have enough." (Oprah Winfrey)
I want to leave with you a very important lesson to remember: appreciate all that you have and live in the moment. We all want to find happiness and fulfillment. Isn't that what everyone dreams of? In trying to acquire wealth, or find true love at the expense of your own needs or those who care about you, true happiness remains elusive. We all have a purpose in this life. If the things you try result in "setbacks," try something else, but enjoy the journey along the way. As we discussed earlier, those "setbacks" may turn out to be "steps forward" on the path to your joy. Remember things take time. When you feel like you are in the heat of battle with everything crumbling around you, pause to remind yourself it doesn't have to be a battle if you continue to have hope and faith.
Setbacks do not mean you should abandon your goals. Even when things don't work out the way you wanted, that does not mean they won't. Stressing or worrying about what is to come prevents you from living and enjoying your life today! When considering a major change because the place that you're in feels uncomfortable, look at your life and see what you can do to change the place you're in. A change of location will not change your life if you don't change your own thoughts in the process. No matter where you go, your life will continue on the current path until you change your thoughts and your focus. As Dr. Wayne Dyer says, "What you focus on expands." If you live from a place of gratitude and appreciate all that you have, you will find more and more things to be grateful for. If you are focused on what's missing from your life, you will find more and more things missing.
The past is the past. Looking back, and keeping your focus on the things that hurt you will only prevent you from living a happy life now. Looking back to see the lessons, being grateful for the things each experience taught you, and forgiving yourself and those that hurt you frees you up to enjoy every minute of every day that is given to you. Cherish the people in your life. Life is short, and one day you may look back on your life and say you wished you had loved more and enjoyed the little moments. Avoid those regrets by fully living in each moment. Don't lose your "present" by lamenting the past, or worrying about the future.
Before you go, take some time to ponder the following questions and begin to take action:
How can you change your own thoughts to change your life?
Are you cheating yourself of the chance to live a happy and fulfilling life in the now?
Do you want to live a happy and fulfilling life?
Are you ready, willing and motivated?
Then just do it!
Taken from: Ten Life Changing Lessons by Winsome Campbell-Green