Fill Yourself Up First | How I Changed My Life Around.
There are some days I am inspired to think and write. Often I will just write on a random piece of paper, but other times I enjoy being deep and meaningful on here. Today I want to share more about my journey of inner strength.
Over the past month or so, my life has turned around remarkably and I put it down to 3 main things:
- Being happy and grateful for what I already have
- Giving first
- Learning to have faith that things will work out
There are still times when my ability to do these things are more of a challenge but learning to get back into a zone of gratitude, makes any day go a lot smoother.
This quote still gives me goosebumps! It does so because the first time I read it, it clicked with me that when you are happy, grateful and full of faith you are in a state that allows you to find solutions to your problems. The doors are always there, but what changes is your perception of the wall. If you believe there will be a door and you are grateful for the doors you’ve already gone through, then a new one will become visible.
For a lot of people, when one thing fails to go their way, they give up altogether and write off the whole dream, goal or experience as a big fat failure, when in actual fact, all they were lacking was faith and perseverance.
Other aspects of inner strength I have discovered are the power of Love, and the power of Giving. Too many times in my past I have expected to receive love and kindness without actually investing in it. I did this out of fear of rejection or that I would not get it back. But that is a selfish reason to give love anyway. By expecting it back, it becomes about you … when love is about the other person/people. Giving love, kindness, or help to other people is human nature at its most basic, yet we have become accustomed to expecting, consuming and draining all resources, including the well of human nature! When you see a child in trouble, or someone involved in an accident, do you stop and think “well, they haven’t helped me”? NO! You feel their pain, you feel responsible and you HELP! You give unconditionally! When you see acts of human love and kindness, do you flinch with disgust and feel these people are a let-down to the human race? NO! You feel full of empathy and pride that you are part of the human race that can do these wonderful things.
There can be times when you give and give and feel empty. I used to do this, and never seemed to feel fulfilled or loved in return. The issue was that I hadn’t allowed myself to see all the things I loved about myself. This sounds silly and self-indulgent (which is why many of us feel empty), but you must learn to feel gratitude, love and respect for who you are, how you look and really feel proud of YOU! Until you fill yourself with love – that’s right, LOVE YOURSELF! – Then your love won’t reach anyone else. How can you expect anyone else to feel the power of your love if you don’t feel worthy of it yourself?? Make sense? The day I realised this, I actually cried!
Fill yourself up first and then over-flow to everyone else! When you are full of love for yourself, you do not give out of need, you give out of compassion and it is for them, not you.
I have had an overhaul of my outlook on life. From a negative, assuming and a little bitter attitude at times, to an outlook of tolerance, gratitude and love!
Last night, I watched this documentary (below) and it confirmed once again that the key to happiness and to fixing the world’s problems is LOVE! Not wishy washy love, but the kind that moves you when you think about all the wonderful things in your life. Like, when I see something awesome in nature; a sunset, the smell of cut grass, the sound of the sea, or the feeling of the warm sun … I feel alive and I absorb every great sense and it makes me so grateful for these things.
Think of all the areas of your life that can improve just by being grateful for what you have already achieved. Fitness related or not, Life’s journey is pretty damn amazing. If you can notice that, then you are only going to see the good in all situations, people and experiences.
It is definitely worth the effort to practice these techniques. I am so glad I have awakened to the reality that life is not hard as I once thought, it is easy! You just need to perceive it as such.
If your goal is to be happy, then you can easily assess what your inner thoughts are manifesting by simply looking at how you are feeling. Monitor your feelings and develop techniques to change your negative feelings to positive ones. For example, one day I was petting my cat, Tim and his face was so adorable, I just gave him a big hug. He is the most docile cat and lets me do anything to him … so whenever I feel upset, I just remember that moment and it immediately turns my mood around. Something as “small” as that can change my whole day!
All of this may seem very “new agey”, but I cannot advocate enough the power of Gratitude, Love, Faith and Giving! You have no right to expect anything without unconditionally giving first!
Pay it Forward with LOVE!
Have an awesome day