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5 Things That Really Matter

December 22, 2014
Love and peace really matter in life

Happy holidays!

While we’re amidst the daunting holiday tasks of getting all our family and friends together, picking and wrapping appropriate presents, sourcing and cooking food as well as dealing with all the other daily activities, we can sometimes forget what really matters in life.

We all would benefit from taking time to slow down and appreciate all that we are blessed with in life.

There are many things that  matter in life. During the holidays especially, we need to ensure we’re valuing what really matters.

Here are five things that really matter in life: ourselves, our loved ones, our love, our time and our health.

 

You

We matter. Every single one of us.

The odds of anyone being born is 1 in 400 trillion. That’s amazing odds that we were born at a particular time, in a particular place with a particular family.

We matter.

Every single day, every single person is making some kind of difference in the world. Whether it’s helping a loved one going through a tough time, or smiling at a stranger or agreeing with someone or helping a company reach its goals – all of our actions have influence and repercussions. We need to find the beauty in every day as the miracle of our life is beautiful.

How we decide to live our daily wholesome lives helps to shape the fortunes of time.

 

Woman happily standing in front of the ocean

We need to take care of ourselves in our minds, bodies and souls.

 

Others

No matter what religion or beliefs we have, we can all agree that the people in our lives are what really matters. Sharing something with others makes it more meaningful. For optimal happiness, we should try to give at least 8 hugs a day for optimal happiness.

We all need to ensure we express love for friends, family and other people, especially around this time of the year.

 

Fingers with faces drawn on huging

We can never share too many hugs.

 

Love

Between us and the people in our lives, there’s love. How we choose to express our love dictates the levels of appreciation and understanding in our relationships.

Christmas time and the holidays revolve around love. Expressing our love these holidays can help improve our own and others happiness.

John Lennon said that when we live in a place of love, we greet what life offers us with excitement and acceptance. If we don’t love all parts of ourselves, we can shut down of areas of our beings which can add value to our lives.

 

"There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life" quote by John Lennon

“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.”

 

Time

The main thing we can offer others is our time.

During the holidays, we take time off work to spend it with our loved ones. We need to make sure we’re present for them.

Take notice how often smart phones are in conversation. Look your loved ones in the eye and truly listen to them.

 

Swirling clock

How we choose to spend our time shows what we value in life.

 

Health

Another thing that really matters in life is our health. If we didn’t have these magical skin suits to move around in, where would we be?

We need to take care to nourish our bodies with the food and movement it needs. Many of us can eat far more than one person’s serving of food on the holidays. Take care of the digestive system. Be sure to get some movement into the day.

 

Woman holding a heart shaped tomato

Good health can come from being kind, eating wholesome foods and making regular movement.

 

 

Life isn’t about work or money or things. It’s about valuing ourselves and spending time with loved ones.

 

Happy Holidays from Wholesome Road!

 

Reflections

  • What matters most in your life?
  • How are you expressing your love for your friends and family?
  • How often do you spend time with family without technology e.g. without a smartphone, television or computer?
  • How do you spend your time?

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