Love. That person or people who you want to sit with at the end of the day. They know our pain but also those deep secret dreams and passions. They understand us, laugh when we are funny and shake their heads when we fail the joke. With one look, one meeting of our eyes, they have the power to settle the nerves and swell our heart to bursting. They see our best and our worst and they love us at those extremes and everything in between. When something wonderful happens they find out first and in our moments of sorrow they are the ones who can provide the comfort to see us through. We cannot imagine living in this world without them, how boring and dull life would then be. Let’s make a point to be grateful and say thank you for the difference they make.
Meaningful. Identify what matters most in our lives. Stress often comes when we knowingly give our time and energy away to what is not important to us at the expense of what is. We need to give the best of our energy to what is meaningful in our lives and anything outside of that is given what is left, slotted into the gaps. We cannot do everything, be everywhere or give to everyone which is why there is so much value in gaining clarity on what matters most to us and keeping those at the forefront of our minds. The meaningful is a two way relationship, where we gain and benefit in the receiving yet also the giving. This is true for people, places, passions and processes. When all the fluff is taken away all that is left is what matters most to us. And that will be a reflection of the energy that we invested into them.
The bottom. Life is not lived in a straight line, it has peaks and troughs. We only want the good but that is not how it works. The down periods are not pleasant, still they are necessary for our growth and for reaching our dreams. We have to go down in order to move back up again, and to move up further. Yet when we sense we are heading down we stop and try scrambling to go back to where we have been. This will only delay the inevitable. Go forward. Step into the ugliness of it. Once we get there we can only go up. Yes there will be battle scars of what we have endured. But now we no longer fear things becoming worse as we propel ourselves forward on the excitement of what lies ahead. The worst is over and we are wiser and more accomplished because of it, now the good times begin again.