Will you choose to answer one question?

“Life itself is a privilege. But to live life to the fullest – well, that is a choice.”

Andy Andrews

What does “live life to the fullest” mean to you?  That is a deeply personal and uniquely individual question. Your answer might be radically different than mine, and that is the beauty of this fantastic world in which we live. We all have the free will to define our lives and live them according to that definition.  

The first step is to answer the question posed above. Only then can you actively choose to live out your answer. If you don’t answer the question, you are selecting an unfulfilled life, which is a waste of this incredible privilege we have been given…

These are the most important minutes of your day…

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.”

Marcus Aurelius

If you aren’t careful, the worries of the world, those temporary things which cloud the mind and distract from what is truly important, can occupy all of the space in your mind. As a rule, we humans tend to weigh ourselves down with things that, in the end, won’t matter and ignore the things that do matter.  

The key to keeping the important things in focus is to intentionally carve out the time to reflect on exactly the sentiment expressed in this wisdom from Marcus Aurelius. I believe it means as much, if not more, in today’s age as it did when he wrote it almost 2000 years ago.  

Take 5 minutes when waking up EVERY DAY to pause and reflect on the gifts and blessings that you DO HAVE in life. Perhaps start a gratitude journal to jot down these things. Do whatever you need to add a process of active gratitude into your life. I guarantee you will find your outlook for the day, month, year, changing. More importantly, you will find your outlook on life itself changing. You might find that these five minutes are the most crucial moments of your entire day.

Marcus Aurelius

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