Changes

Change is a constant in life, as well as our journey, on this rock we call home. If you stop and think about it, we are not that much different from it in some ways. I want to touch on one similarity in particular right now though.

Just like Earth, we are constantly changing. From one moment to another on a daily basis, things change us and shape us during the course of a day. At the end of our day we are not the same as we were when we started it. Sometimes that can be good or it can be bad. However, we are different. How did today change you? Do you even know? How in tune are you into to life’s little moments. I think most times we are oblivious to them. I know big and important things happen and we definitely realize those. I’m mainly talking about the little ones. The small moments that make us happy, sad, stress us out, or make us angry. Sometimes it’s those little moments that make the biggest impact on us.

The little moments in life are where the greatness in life lies. Of course there are larger moments that are great. Iconic and milestone moments that change and shape us. The little moments though, are where it’s at. We need to do better about living in the moment. When we do this, we open ourselves more to see, feel, and appreciate them. Don’t get me wrong, have dreams, set goals, and look to the future and where you want to be. Just look there while you live in the present. Live in the moment. Don’t be so centered around the stresses and worries in life that you lose those moments.

Let those moments change you for the better. Whether it be from happiness, or a lesson learned. Change is going to happen. That is a certainty. Accept that. It’s what we do with that, that makes us who and what we are. So, love freely, laugh often, and live life in the little moments! That my friends, is how you live a full life. Live life….don’t just exist!

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Let your light shine

Sometimes in life we get caught up in things and start to lose who we really are. We lose our identity. We may be trying to live up to someone else’s expectations of us, trying to fit in with a certain group of people, or simply by just putting our guard up to protect ourselves from being hurt. We normally don’t see this, if we even do, until it is too late although people close to you may see it long before you. Before we know it, we have changed into someone that we don’t recognize in some ways. Change and adaptation are part of growing, but not all change is good. Change can also be temporary. If we are not careful, we will start to lose that light and spark that made us, well, us. We must never let that happen. We can guard ourselves and be around others without having to sell out part of us. We have to stay true to ourselves in the long run and let our light shine.

Once we start to lose ourselves, the road we are on can become dark and lonely at times. It will most definitely feel like it at least. We may start feeling like people have abandoned us, or may we just simply pushed them away. Whatever the case may be, we are never alone. There are over 7.6 billion people on this planet. There is at least one out there that will listen to you, talk with you, be a friend, or care about you. You are never alone and you never were. Sometimes we just need to open our eyes a little wider or look in a different direction to see them.

If we do put up walls to protect ourselves, we usually tell ourselves that the right person, or people, will come along to break them down. Is that really fair? What if the right person, or people come along and can’t see who you really are because of those walls? Think of it like this. You drive down the road daily and pass tons of houses that you never even pay attention to. How many of those homes do think are absolutely beautiful and breathtaking on the inside, but we are never able to see that part of them? Does that change your perspective any? The same goes for us. Most of us are quite beautiful, but we fail to let others inside to see that. I am so very guilty of this too, so I am not casting stones. Guarding ourselves is completely natural and expected. We just have to get much better at letting people see us while doing it. That special person, or people, may walk right past and never even see us through or over the walls that we built.

I know much of this is much easier said than done. After all, we are programmed to act and respond to situations based on what we have been taught or have learned on our own from our experiences. I will admit, right now I am the pot calling the kettle black. However, I am working immensely to change that about myself. We can’t become isolated, cold, and dark. There is far too much of that in this world. To change that, we need more light in it. We each have to start letting our light shine for others to see. Along with that will come love, kindness, caring, and happiness. Just imagine how something so small could totally change the world, as we know it, if we each just made that little adjustment. The world would start becoming a much brighter place. Okay, here is another perspective change. A single raindrop is very small and nothing special at all. Right? If you get a bunch of raindrops together, you get a puddle. Add even more, now you have a flood and it all started as single raindrops. Let’s all be raindrops and flood the Earth!

You are not alone and you never were. Just stay true to YOU, let people see you, and let your light shine! If you have lost your light, get that spark back! It will attract the people that you want and need in your life. It will also make the world a brighter place for us all!