Archives for the month of: April, 2014

Think of the ebb and flows of life. You have been happy, but you have been sad. You have been energized, but you have been tired. You have succeeded and some things, and surely you have failed once or twice. These ups and downs is the essence of the world.

One doesn’t exist without the other and I don’t think we would want it to. No one enjoys sadness, but we wouldn’t be able to appreciate and know happiness without it. We couldn’t remain productive and motivated without the occasionally bout of procrastination and laziness.

So the next time you are at a low point, know it will get better. Compare it to your good times and cherish those memories. Use them as motivation to pick yourself back up. And the next time you on a high of life, embrace it. Appreciate it and really be grateful of where your at. Remind yourself how you know what good feels like- because of the trials and tribulations that got you there.

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β€œIn order to eat, you have to be hungry. In order to learn, you have to be ignorant. Ignorance is a condition of learning. Pain is a condition of health. Passion is a condition of thought. Death is a condition of life.”

― Robert Anton Wilson, Leviathan

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I’m notorious for always finding things I want. I’m not a shopaholic by any means, but I see new electronics or big ticket items I want all the time. But as I get older I find it easier to realize that want vs need is very different. Even though I always find new things to want, I have to remind myself that I have much more than I need.

It doesn’t take much to enjoy life and find happiness. In fact, you can do it with very little money if need be. You have to pay your bills and be over that stressful hump. But after that, the simplicities of life can be extremely cheap and greatly pleasing.

Every so often I take a weekend and make myself see how little I can spend. I find myself enjoying making breakfast at home (instead of going to the local coffee shop), going hiking (for free), grabbing a good book or magazine and relaxing at the community pool (for free), or having drinks with good friends at home with the game on (pretty cheap once we all contribute to the menu). Point being, some of life’s most relaxing moments cost very little and provide a great return.

So the next time you stress and wonder if you can afford some item or get envious at your what someone else has, ask yourself if you really need it or if you just want it. Instead, take a walk down a snowy road, enjoy the park and hearing the breeze blow through the trees, or digging your feet in the sand while you relax to the sound of the waves.

“Never let all the things you want make you forget about all the things you have.”

– everydaylifelessons.com