“You’re under no obligation to be the same person you were five minutes ago.”
Around this time every year we all embark on a new beginning- whether it be the start of school or simply the season of autumn.
All too often we only associate the opportunity to embrace new beginnings with either landmark events (maybe a new relationship or a new school year) or holidays (New Years, Lent, etc.) By doing so, we limit ourselves.
Every day is a new beginning.
Sometimes we get too caught up in the usual flow of things or with worry or with a fast-paced lifestyle to see that each morning that we wake up we have been given another day packed with countless opportunities to take chances, to grow, to make someone else’s day, to take steps to achieve our goals, to learn.
It certainly is easier to live a life of stagnation than to live a life of growth.
Taking advantage of new beginnings means challenging yourself beyond your limits. One cannot grow- be it mentally, emotionally, spiritually, or physically without first struggling. It is the times when we struggle that we learn the most- when we learn those lessons that make us who we are.
So, a few pieces of advice I have found helpful in making the most of every day are as follows:
- take life slowly, one day at a time
- let go of negativity (people, painful memories, self-placed restrictions)
- maintain a grateful heart by focusing on the positive
- be productive, but do not forget to relax
- TAKE CHANCES!
Throughout my life there have been many, many times in which I was not satisfied with myself or my situation. It took me a very long time to realize that I was the only one holding myself back. What was I waiting for?
No matter your circumstances, looking at each new day as a NEW day will change your life.
A new day signifies a clean slate, a fresh start, an open door.
Only you can decide whether or not to move forward.
The growth is always worth the struggle.