“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.“ Maya Angelou
It’s my birthday, and I want to share with you just how grateful I am that I’m here, and that we’re in one another’s lives. I don’t think anyone could be happier than I am because the work I do is my passion, and that with my work, I am able to reach out to each of you and hopefully provide ideas for you that improve your lives. It truly makes me happy to be alive.
I really do love my life. It’s such a fun, fulfilling proposition, that I can’t help but be excited and filled with joy about the growing I’ve done over my past – some of which provided really uphill challenges – and about the future, where I’m sure I’ll be encouraged by Life Itself to stretch a bit more
Here I am, about to complete yet another trip around the sun, and I’ve decided to share with you some of the ways I’ve learned to love my own life so that you can add more love to yours. So let’s get to it!
I am the master of my life and you are the master of your own. Each of us is a stand-alone, human being. We have full ability to decide how our lives will be for ourselves and we can take the steps to get us to the next wonderful idea from where we now stand.
My individuality make me uniquely Maria Khalifé and your individuality makes you uniquely you. There isn’t another me. There isn’t another you. Foster loving caring for your own uniqueness, because you are irreplaceable and your voice counts.
Accentuate the positive; Eliminate the negative. I have lived through war-torn times. I could think a lot about “war-torn” but I chose to focus on “lived through.” Can you see that it is my attitude that is governing my life? It’s your attitude that governs yours, too.
I forgive myself for my mistakes. Yes, I have achieved some success. Do you think I didn’t make mistakes along the way? Of course I did, but I simply began to look for a better resolution when I made them. “Ease on down the road” right after you forgive yourself and one happy, light-hearted manner of living. And it works!
Don’t hesitate to say “I’m sorry.” When I know I’ve said or done something that may have hurt another, I try to say I’m sorry as quickly as I can. I think of myself as accelerating through life, and I surely don’t need heavy baggage to drag along with me. “I’m sorry” unloads unnecessary baggage right away and it’s a good idea. Who do you need to say this to?
I am Love Itself. You are Love Itself. I believe that each of us was created from Goodness Itself, from Pure Love. And I can feel that Love inside of me, because I go in there and I look for it. I know that, once you find it, it comforts your every waking moment.
There’s a Good Reason for Everything. Without further ado, here’s the reason: to teach me something about myself. Every single event in my life has been about either learning something I needed to learn, or about patting myself on the back because I already knew that. It brings me a lot of peace, this idea. I encourage you to find the good reasons for what’s happening in your life, too.
There are no dead end streets. There’s a saying that when God closes a door, he opens a window somewhere. I like to think that there are no un-solvable problems in life, only in math. And I’ll bet even math’s unsolvable problems get resolved some day with greater understanding. That’s all a solution demands: more understanding. I like looking for the next best solution.
I trust me implicitly. Inside me (and inside you) is what I like to call your Inner Coach. Once I found my way inside me, I could ask her any question and she would answer me. It made my life so much more stable. And then I had to learn to completely trust her answers and do what she recommended. It’s one of the secrets of success, trusting your Inner Coach.
I love my life and I love my body. One of the coolest things I’ve learned is that my body is a direct reflection of how I think about myself, so what is there not to love? If I thought it, and it pictured forth so I could see what I was thinking (ha ha – yet another of the Universe’s little clues for learning), well, of course I’d love it. I know that I am consciously working with all the tools provided and I absolutely love my life.
I’m experiencing such joy right now – conscious recognition has a tendency to do that to me – that I think I’ll have to do my happy dance!
“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.” ~ Author Unknown