Because of all the stress and worries you have to face on a daily basis, you might tend to forget what matters in your life. That’s why you might need a little reminder from time to time of what things you should cherish the most. Your happiness shouldn’t depend on how much money you make, on how happy you are in love or how much you love your job. I really really love this very famous quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca, who said that “Life's like a play: it's not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.” As obvious and simple as each of these reminds might appear, they really do emphasize the importance of what matters in your life:
1. Be Happy Now!
Start living in the present and be happy now! This is really what matters in your life! Happiness is a journey, not a destination, so try to ignore all the things and people who bother you and focus on achieving all your dreams and reaching all your goals. Just like Earl Nightingale said, “Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.”
2. Love Deeply
When I’m talking about loving someone deeply, I’m also talking about yourself. You can’t expect others to love you if you don’t do it in the first place. Accept yourself just the way you are and see what a wonderful person you have become. While I did my research for this article, I discovered such an amazing quote by Lao Tzu that perfectly illustrates what I wanted to write here: “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage." There is so much wisdom in these words, isn’t there?
3. Make Every Moment Count
We often want to change what happened in our past or we are terrified of what might happen in our future and we forget to enjoy our present. Don’t do that! Try to make every moment matter because what’s done is done and you shouldn’t let anything interfere with your happiness. Make time for the things or for the people you love and make every single moment count! After all, you don’t need all the riches in the world to live a healthy and fulfilled life, just the right attitude!
4. Believe in Miracles
Even if you might find it hard to believe, miracles do happen, so you should never lose hope or simply give up when things get a little bit rougher. You never know how things might improve tomorrow or next week or how you can find the right solution to all your problems if you simply wait for it and you’re not stressing yourself out. Just like Jon Bon Jovi said, “Miracles happen everyday, change your perception of what a miracle is and you'll see them all around you.”
5. Identify Your Values
Mahatma Gandhi once said that “Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny,” and he couldn’t be more right! Your values shape your world and influence the way you perceive things. Learn to be true to yourself and to others because this is one of the things that really matter in life. Sometimes, values really are everything!
6. Your Experiences Should Matter the Most
Too often the most important things in life are the ones we tend to forget, like the wonderful things we experience on a daily basis. Make time to try new things and don’t be afraid to take chances because these adventures make your life worth living. Just like Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience."
7. Find a Purpose in Life
In order to live a healthy and fulfilled life, you should try to find a purpose, your purpose, so that you give meaning to all the things you’ll experience. You can fulfill all your dreams if you work hard enough and if you have enough patience. Just remind yourself every now and then what really matters and you won’t be afraid anymore to live your life to the fullest.
There are a lot of things that really matter in life that we don’t even notice because we are too busy to pay them any attention, and we often feel miserable without realizing that we actually don’t have any reason to feel like this. Do you know any other powerful reminders of what matters in your life? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section!