Are you a Life-Giver?

Every day the world is demanding our attention more than we would normally allow, but what can we do about it? Our family needs us, the job is expecting us to show up, our friends need our support, and little things in between need our attention. How do we balance it all and still stay sane? There is no easy answer to this, but when I have gained the love and support of some successful life-givers it seems to have made life easier.

The beauty of being a life-giver is to bring life to everyone you meet. Life-givers are people who can brighten your day with a smile, kind word, or a hug. Even on your worst day, this person can make it seem possible to get through. When you receive a message from this person, the words seem to hit close to your situation and lift your spirits higher.

When you surround yourself with life-givers, it seems to refresh and energize you to get through the rest of your day. If you know of someone or a handful of people who do this, cherish them! Some people are natural life-givers while others try to be. It is a blessing to bring life into someone’s life no matter how small or big of an impact it maybe.

We may not be able to control what the world expects from us, but if we stay close to the life-givers in our life we can transfer the energy they give us to someone who needs it.

Do you know anyone who does this to you?

Laugh Often, Smile More

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Earlier today, my mom and I took a drive to the store. When we were leaving our neighborhood we passed a dog walking in the street. As we drove by the dog carefully, I heard a noise that sounded like a bark.

“Did that dog just bark at us?” I asked my mom.

(LAUGHTER)

“… no, I made that noise,” my mom said.

(MORE LAUGHTER)

After our car ride I realized I want to laugh more often to smile more. Life is too short to live each day by lists and schedules. My life revolves around assignments and calendars to follow, but when I choose to laugh or smile it is because it is my choice. Mine. Happiness is my choice. If I choose to be happy, then the world’s demands don’t seem to consume me as much anymore. The freedom that comes from a decision that I made is liberating. I want to live free in my emotions to laugh and not take life so seriously.

What are you choosing to do beyond what you are required to do?

My phone gets to recharge, why can’t I?

I have not brought myself to escape and write like I used to and that makes me sad. (For those who are writers or creative know what I am talking about.) Some people might get inspiration from online or another person or medium, but that does not always work for me. Sometimes I just need to recharge

When was the last time you stepped away from your computer, television, or even phone to just think for yourself? Have you safely distanced yourself from others to hear your own thoughts? If you had to think for more than a minute, then you are probably like me–overworked. For as long as I can remember, I have worked six days a week between retail, freelancing, and maintaining contacts and connections. My day “off” is usually Sunday, but even on those days I am connecting and engaging with people. Extroverts can get by without having to recharge their social battery as often, but I like most introverts find it necessary to survive. I find out who the person I am again by my own standards and not the worlds by escaping. When my thoughts starts to fill up with other things other than my own voice, then I know it is time to step back and recharge

A Few Ways Anyone Can Step Back and Recharge

Read.  When you read, you can relax your mind and escape into a conversation at your own pace.

Be quiet in solitude.  I try meditating to clear my mind and refocus on me for a while.

Exercise.  I lace up my running shoes and go for a jog to release tension that has built up.

Pray.  My heart is heavy for many people, so I say a prayer for each one and let God handle the rest.

Smile.  By smiling when you are alone, you evoke happiness from within. This is something not everyone can do but it is a valuable trait some may call independence.

Bake.  Finding an old recipe my mother used to bake warms my heart and takes me back to days and memories of when I was a child.

Dance.  Turn up the music and dance like no one is watching.

Hot shower/bubble bath.  This time is about you. Instead of being on a time limit, allow the hot water to wash away your schedule for the day.

Go for a walk.  Listen to what is around you and bask in the moment in your environment.

What are some ways you recharge that has been helpful to you?