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An Interesting Fact About Happiness

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Here’s an interesting little fact…

According to a recent study, many 70 year olds are happier than 30 year olds.

Why?

Well, the study explained that older people have a greater appreciation for the little things in life. Older people also have found more appreciation for who they are – their strengths, weaknesses and everything they’ve been through.

So, what’s the takeaway message? [Read more…]

5 Important Life Lessons Learned This Year

IfwearefacingI was on the phone yesterday catching up with one of my friends. We were looking back on the year and talking about everything that has already happened. This year has been filled with so many different experiences. We both had some great times, but this year was definitely one where we felt we had to dig really deep and work through a lot of challenges.

She asked me what I thought the most important lessons were that I learned. There have been so many that I almost didn’t even know where to begin. But, from time to time, I like to reflect on the most important lessons learned and write them down on a list.

It helps you make sure you’ve taken away the right messages and understandings so you can live even better going forward. It also can help you avoid any unnecessary repeat lessons. It’s like that great quote by Pema Chodron reminds us.

“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.”

So, if you don’t already have one of these “lessons learned” lists, it’s definitely worth it to take the time to put one together. Here’s a peek at my current list for the year.

These are 5 of the most important lessons I’ve learned …(in no particular order).

Lesson #1

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The lesson to “let go” of things that aren’t right for us can creep up in so many different areas of life – work, friendships, relationships, bad habits, etc. It’s easy to stay stuck doing what we’ve been doing. We make excuses to not “let go” but deep down we know better. Sometimes you have to be willing to let go of certain things so better things can come your way. [Read more…]

One Great Thought To Have Today

 

Ittakescouragetoletgo(600X343)This was one of the most popular posts this week I shared on Facebook. It’s always interesting to see which posts resonate with people because it’s generally the case that the most popular ones touch on a truth that’s helpful for many of us to think about. I know this particular quote confirmed some very tough decisions I’ve had to make lately with respect to my work and life.

So, I wanted to pass it along to you because it’s easy to get attached to what we want or think is best. But, oftentimes when things don’t fall into place like we hoped, we’re being redirected to something that’s better for us in the long run.

Perhaps it’s something you can’t see yet from your current perspective, or maybe more things need to shift before you can see the bigger picture. But, it’s important to always remember that your life is rearranging perfectly to lead you to what you truly need and deserve. It helps you shake off needless worries and doubts.

And, like another great quote by the Dalai Lama reminds us,

“Remember that sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.”

xoxo,
Sibyl

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Finding Clarity: When You Don’t Know What Else You Can Do

Anythingyoucan'tcontrol(1200628)Have you ever had a time when you’ve been trying so hard but something really important to you still hasn’t worked out? What you’ve been hoping for hasn’t fallen into place like you wanted.

Maybe you’re even unsure about your best steps forward because it’s not like you haven’t been trying everything. You’ve been patient and open and willing and trying and believing, but it doesn’t seem to matter because it’s not working.

So, what do you do? You can’t just give up. You’ve got to figure something out. What’s the best path forward?

I asked myself this exact question the other day. Even though I’ve been in situations like this before that are filled with uncertainty, I always seem to reach the point when I need a reminder of the best path forward.

You’ve got to control the things you’re meant to and trust the things you’re not able to control, I reminded myself the other day.

Achieving The Ideal Balance

There’s a balance we’re meant to strike because it’s not always about resigning to situations and deciding there’s nothing you can do. But, it’s also not about trying to control everything or thinking things need to happen the way you expect or on your timeline.

Instead it’s about achieving an ideal balance. You live from your Extraordinary Side, or Higher Self, each day so you can best work through whatever situation or circumstances you’re confronted with.

On some days that means it’s time to take another step forward and find your way through the latest challenge.

On other days, it means you accept there’s nothing more you can do because you’ve already done all you could. On these days, you’re being asked to let go and trust that whatever is happening is somehow or someway leading you exactly where you need to be (even if it’s not what you wanted).

You live each day according to the wisdom of one of the most profound and timeless truths…

Accept the things you cannot change
Have the courage to change the things you can
And the wisdom to know the difference

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