(5) Cups of love
(1) Amazing Family (Can be substituted for friends who are like family)
(1) handful of genuine friends
(10) Cups of determination and drive
(1) Grand Plan
(5) Realistic, obtainable, yet challenging goals (Short term and long term)
(5) Cups of YOU time
(10) Cups of proper time management
Live your best life daily, make the most of what you have, take advantage of life's simple pleasures, surround yourself with those who believe and see you for all the incredible person you are, yet have difficulty in seeing for yourself. Mix evenly, enjoy.
A rejuvenated population of Rochester folk simultaneously breathe a sigh of relief as the colder days seem fewer, and as the flowers begin to bloom. Colorful tulips color a neighborhood, reactivated in excitement and anticipation of the upcoming change in season.
Periodically I re-route, taking a step back and forward again in a slightly different direction. I did this back in November, when I vowed to myself that I would stop contaminating my head with reality television, and replaced my "background noise" with something educational. Motivation prompted by the heated temperature reinstated my love/hate relationship with the treadmill and all things involving being physically fit. This week while tying my running shoes, I decided to challenge myself physically outdoors, in the company of my loving dogs, as it seemed logical to create a routine which would benefit us as a family. Wednesday I went hiking with a good friend at Durand Eastman Park where we enjoyed fresh fruit, miles of quality conversation, and nature's true beauty. Although it's only been a week, I already feel happier and healthier for various reasons beyond the physical aspect of it all.
As I forever am multi tasking my way through my every day routines, it has become increasingly easy to dismiss and overlook some of life's simple and most pleasurable moments. Disguised in simplicity are the boldest of underlined statements. For what was just intended to be a simple, beautiful stroll throughout my neighborhood, triggered an epiphany, and pulled my perspective into focus.
Divine truth and lessons from the world's ever occurring tragedies taught me to value and accept life for what it is NOW. What happens in one moment won't necessarily determine what can potentially happen in the next. The important thing to remember is that there are no short cuts in life, and that every so often an old road needs new pavement. Every step I take, I am paving a road to my future. I am living in the now by absorbing and applying any newfound knowledge to my foundation. Inevitably the road will have it's imperfections, characterized by all phases of its journey.
Planning too far ahead can become the peanut butter in the mouse trap at the end of a maze. There are multiple paths to the ultimate goal, and your senses are heightened by your desire to taste what can potentially be more painful than fulfilling. As sure as I am about sooo many things, a part of me is still very unsure as to what it is that I ultimately want for myself. I can see myself being successful in more than one area, but which area I'd like to zone in on I'm unsure of. Planning too far ahead leaves me at risk of facing detours and having to deal with stressful setbacks which can in turn become jading and disheartening. To be put under such straining circumstances will put my heart at risk, and I refuse to be put into any situation which will make me lose focus and redefine what music truly means to me.
We are just as much in control of our lives as we are out of control. Nothing is guaranteed, so it is important to me that I remain challenged and constantly pushing my boundaries. If my life were to fall short due to some unforeseen circumstance, I'd want my spirit to peacefully ascend knowing that I made the most out of my time, that I accomplished something in my time present, that I appreciated nature, and surrounded myself with the love and affection of those whom I appreciate and admire most.
Professionally and personally, I could never understand the people who "say" that they will do things and never follow through with their plans. To me, it takes more energy to lie and to think about doing something that could just be done and appreciated. I hope that my history will prevail that I was a woman of her word, passionate and dedicated to her causes in life, music and beyond. Everything I've ever done, everything I push myself to do, is done with purpose. The people I decide to divide my time between, those whom I let in a little closer and make time for are an extension of who i am and the better person I am striving to become.
What I AM sure of is that I don't EVER want something to happen to someone I love, and for me to have to sit in mourning regretting not having had given more of myself to that person in recent time because I allowed myself to be consumed by my every day routine. What I AM sure of is that I don't ever want to look back thirty years from now disappointed that I didn't follow through with my heart and desires, because I deprived myself the chance that I deserve.
Happiness is a choice, as well as a way of living. Be candid with yourself. Take note of your short comings, keep positive, and figure out a way to work towards your cause and purpose. A positive change in attitude will positively have an effect on all areas of your life. Suddenly you'll find yourself surrounded in good company, in better situations, Don't ever settle for less than you deserve, know your limitations, but don't be afraid to push your boundaries. Be good to your life, and eventually you'll find yourself on a path to success.