Every Day Is Extra

September 13, 2018

 

Life is short, and if we enjoy every day, then we will be happy no matter what happens or what changes along the way.

Gretchen Bleiler

Former Senator John Kerry’s memoir was recently released entitled “Every Day is Extra”. In it he writes about the struggles he had during his life and how he was able to forge ahead with a positive attitude, courage and faith. He faced many setbacks, family illnesses, crisis and tough decisions.

Let’s face it, life can be tough at times. Not every day is going to be a great day. Sometimes you may have days, months or even years of challenging times. Maybe you are being faced with a family member diagnosed with a serious illness, addiction or crisis. Maybe we ourselves are confronting a personal battle. I know what its like. Both my parents were Holocaust survivors and I have a daughter with addiction issues. It ain’t always easy.

However, if you wake up every day and realize that every day is extra, that every moment is another chance to create and do something better than the day before, you will be able to navigate uncertainties with faith and courage.

 

Look, no one gets out alive. Your time here is limited and you will be confronted with tough days. The storms, droughts, and other unexpected mishaps will come. But with an attitude of gratitude, knowing that every day is extra, you can turn any rainy day into a a day of appreciation and goodness.

What can you do to appreciate every moment?

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Needs VS Wants

September 30, 2014

needs vrs wantsWhen I was younger, I didn’t always get my needs fulfilled which created a confusion within me to get my wants and needs mixed up. It really took some deep introspective thought to understand the difference. We all need food, fresh clean water, shelter, and proper hygiene conditions to survive. We also need compassion, love, joy, and peace to live happily. For me, I also need to be creative, have free expression and understanding. I enjoy the finer things in life so I need good music, books, and culture to have my needs met. I want many other things, however, they are just things. It’s perfectly fine to want beautiful clothing, a nice car, or anything that will give you some joy. But it is so important to know the difference between your wants and your needs. Once you understand this, you can discipline yourself to enjoy the abundance that you already have and appreciate it all. More is not the answer. Less, is more. Have gratitude for all you have and your wants vs needs will shrink.


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