Monday Motivation: So many beautiful reasons to be happy
It seems like the past week, I've been to war and back and now there is the terrible tragedy in Nepal. Without going into full details, I experienced a very close family loss, my darling mum had to undergo a biopsy to find out her health issue, I attended another funeral, my printer decided to break down which meant address labels for orders couldn't print and power outings during the storm meant some of my digital workers couldn't attend to their work load (poor lasses!). And we are suppose to be exhibiting at our first major trade fair. As you can imagine, my stress levels have been through the roof and there have been moments where I've considered hopping on the next plane to a small desert Island for some sort of respite.
But despite it all here I am... breathing... living. There are SO many beautiful reasons to be happy.
Every day that I wake up, I always feel grateful for being alive, for the gift of life and for the joy of a new day. When things are bad, I always make a list in my mind of all of the positives. Sometimes I even jot them down as a reminder.
Gratitude, joy and mindfulness have been a long term habit of mine, and always come in handy during the hard times. I like to look on the bright side; glass half full and all, and I can't stress the importance of doing this especially whenever life decides to throw you a curve ball (or in my case, many curve balls!).
How am I coping? I re-prioritised and cancelled the trade fair. I've been trying to limit distractions in the form of news, emails and text messages muscling in too early in the day. When I have come back online, I've been reveling in all of the positive energy that my gorgeous online community exudes - your glowing comments, your lovely words of praise, even the customer orders that come through at www.lukbeautifood.com are a reminder that there is appreciation spilling out from those who are in love with my work and my formulations, and this makes me smile so so so so much. It grounds me, gives me a sense of purpose, and keeps me moving forward even when things feel as though they are in complete disarray.
I understand there are some things out of my control, and the right help will show up at the right time. I just have to trust the miraculous process that is life.
On top of everything else, I've been looking out to sea (literally) for the answers and allowing the full brevity of my emotions to come to the surface so I can heal and move forward. At the same time, because our thoughts determine our emotions and mood and therefore our reality, I've been very adamant about ensuring mine remain somewhat level-headed the majority of the time in the face of drama.
Volunteering my time to help in times of need has always given me gives a deep sense of happiness, but what is most glorious, is noticing all of the special people that have played a role in my well being during this tricky time and offered their efforts. It is simply heart warming.
And so, natural beauties, I realise that can’t control things (people, or events), but I am 100% in control of how I react to whatever happens, and I choose to see that are STILL just so many beautiful reasons to be happy. We are all in this together. I hope you live by this mantra too.
Tell me in the comments how you get through the tough times x