January: “Celebrate Life” and “Be on Purpose” Month

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*As we will see in the next couple of blogs, being the first month to start of the new year, January seems to be the “take stock and make dreams” month. Today we will introduce National “Be on Purpose” and “Celebration of Life” observances.
Now here are two subjects worthy of contemplation. Hmmmm.

Be on Purpose what does that mean?

It’s when we start putting our good intentions into action, personally and professionally, and to incorporate more clarity in our lives by focusing more on “meaning” and “purpose.”

What better time than the beginning of a new year to step back and take a good look at our lives, realize the distractions that are blocking our path, and weeding them out (or at least, spend less time on them.) I know personally how distracting the internet can become (you can surf for hours and not realize it!) or the TV, or just fluttering from one thing to the next around the house – but somehow not really getting anything done – it’s not using time purposefully.

We want to use our time well, put our energy towards things that truly matter, but when we step back and take an honest look at how we’re living . . . most of us are not satisfied. Maybe we’re spending too much time doing things that feel urgent, but in reality we’re just putting out fires and not allowing ourselves to spend the time we need on the things that truly matter. Maybe we find ourselves frequently being pulled off course by our feelings of fear, anxiety, or depression. Or allowing others in our family to dictate what it is we should be doing (You know, when the kids have a way of bringing us into their last minute homework or project crisis.) Or my personal favorite, procrastinating on doing what we know we need to do. Or maybe we’re just confused about what our purpose should be.

The goal is to bring more purpose, and less wasteful drama, in our lives!

“Celebrate Life” Month:  How?

There are many things we can do to remember the importance of our lives and that even though we may not be where we want to be in life, or unhappy with certain aspects of our lives, we are alive! That is something to celebrate in itself. And if we want to be at a better place in life, now is a good time to contemplate where we want to be, is it a worthy aspiration, and what will it take to get there.

Personally I would like to laugh more, and enjoy more. I am easily annoyed and bothered by things that really aren’t worth it, I’ve become . . . grumpy . . . (or that’s how seems to me. Okay – no one needs to validate that) I would like to be how I used to be, a more fun loving person. So I will train myself to remember to celebrate each day of my life, and to appreciate everything (even the less positive experiences) because without the bad, you can’t appreciate the good!

The next round of milk and cookies are on me! Now go and celebrate your Life!!

Celebrate life everyday by doing these 3 simple things:

Laugh – We are all familiar with the power of laughter, how it triggers healthy physical changes in our bodies, strengthens the immune system, boosts our energy, diminishes pain, and protects us from the damaging effects of stress. The best part is, that it’s free, readily available, and easy to use. Have a good “guffaw” and/or “chortle” every day 🙂

Write – Finding time to sit and write is a hard thing to do in our busy lives. But if we can give about 5 minutes a day to jot down the things that happen in our lives, good or bad, and remember to include something that you are grateful for – showing gratitude has a way of making everything else in life seem better.

Learn – Discover a new word like prolix: |prōˈliks|adjective(of speech or writing) using or containing too many words; tediously lengthy: he found the narrative too prolix and discursive. (Sound like a blogger you know?)

Increase your knowledge to celebrate your life.

We need to keep those synapses firing: (Synapse: the place where brain cells communicate with each other, they don’t actually touch but are separated by a space called the synaptic cleft where brain chemicals or neurotransmitters cross to stimulate the adjoining brain cells and trigger further electrical messages to be passed along forming neural circuits or pathways.) The lesson here, people, is that without synapses – brain cells are unable to communicate to each other. And that’s not good!

So Stimulate that brain!! Try to do a word or sudoku puzzle, read, or find something that stimulates the brain (and no, coffee isn’t what we’re going for here) on a daily basis.

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