Ah, to fall in love.
OK, what was the first thing you thought about when you read fall in love? Most likely, you thought about…the love between a man and woman.
But there is so much in this world to fall in love with. The last few years have brought about so many changes in my life. For many years, I was just going through the motions of life. I was doing all the things that was expected of me. But deep down, I was mentally tired. I didn’t feel good on the inside.
Then one day…I simply stood up for ME.
While tough at first, I had to learn a new way of thinking. I learned to appreciate all the small things and fall in love with the world in a different way.
“If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.”
One late night this past week, I couldn’t sleep. I sat on my tiny patio with my candles. The sky was beautiful. The cool air felt great on my skin. While not everything in my life is going perfect, I couldn’t help but smile at the fact I still felt this sense of peace. As I sat there with my notebook and pen, I decided to avoid creating a to do list. Instead, I decided to write down things that I was in love with.
Energy. In the past, I think I focused more on someone’s negative energy. Bad, bad bad! But now, I spend so much more time soaking in the positive energy. This is so POWERFUL. Energy is contagious. It allows me to see people, places and things in such a different manner.
Being engaged in the moment. I stopped constantly thinking about what I have to do next. Simply be PRESENT. Not to mention, one of the biggest gifts you could possibly give someone is being present.
Doing things for others out of LOVE.
Travelling. I enjoy seeing new places and opening myself to cultures different from my own. While on a day trip or on a far away vacation, I now take the time to stand still or find a spot to sit and simply enjoy the new sights and sounds.
Treating my body well. I am more focused on nourishing my body with good food and choosing activities that will let it thrive. I have not been this happy about the way I look and feel in so long and I don’t want to lose this feeling again.
Nature. God’s creation is beautiful. It’s free. I am in love again with fresh air, beautiful trees, and the sound of nature.
Music. It allows me to take my mind to places I would not otherwise go. I have actually had a long time love affair with music.
Learning. I love learning a different language, learning about a new country, reading more about subject matters that has always been an interest to me.
Silence. This is something I have come to fully appreciate. Light the candles. Go into this time with a clear mind and a clear heart. Enjoy some peace and quiet. I now fully understand the true meaning of “silence is golden.”
Friends. Avoid those that only take. Surround yourself with people who make you laugh, challenge you, support you, and make time for you. You know more than anybody the people that nourish your soul. Cherish these friends and remember to always give back…with love.
Family. Each day, I fall in love with my daughter all over again. I take the time to appreciate her smile, her stories, her mannerisms, her touch. Appreciate family and special bonds.
Falling in love comes in different forms. There are so many love stories out there waiting to happen to you. Let yourself be lost in the moment, in nature, or with the cool fresh air on your skin in silence. Have a love affair with a new city. Have a love affair with the world. Life is short, choose happiness. Choose to fall in love.
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