If you are like most people who are bored with their mediocre lives living each day repeating their yesterdays task then join me in this short discourse and find out how you can make a difference in your life.
All of us have an inner yearning to change something in our lives. But due to our stubbornness, laziness and ignorance we become clueless as to how to make a way to enforce the changes we want. As a consequence, most of us settle on the deteriorating comfort of daydreaming to at least experience, albeit illusory, the change we want to manifest in our lives. There are silent moments when we contemplate with clarity the WHEN and the HOW of the changes we aspire—we set the date, the right moment and the perfect timing of execution—yet somehow, such opportunity never came.
Making a difference in our lives has always been at our disposal. The problem though is that we associate it with the “right” time. We make the habit of setting an ideal point in time rather than implementing it at soon as possible without waiting for the so-called “favorable circumstances.” The major setback with finding the right time is that such time does not exist. And in our effort to wait for such time, procrastination makes its way to stall us further.
Making a difference in our life starts when we decide to make it so. Irrespective of the task or situation we are in, every moment is an opportunity to make a difference. The degree of change we want is immaterial. What really counts are the small efforts we make everyday to slowly weave the changes we want in life. Whether we want to loose weight, or to learn to play certain instrument, or to learn to write, or to be a better person, or to achieve our goals, what will make the difference is our decision to make something at every moment to affect such change. The truth is really simple: without making any move nothing will change.
One great mistake most of us commit is preoccupying ourselves with useless thought processes. We spent much time on daydreaming, brooding, comparing, envy, jealousy, regret and any mind activities that serves no purpose others than to blind us of the opportunity of the moment. Rather than using our mind to think of ways to change our lives, we prefer to be satisfied with the false thinking that what we have is all there is—that it’s impossible for any of our aspirations to come true. Of course, we become what we think.
Life has its way of nudging us to the deeper aspects of our existence; it is those overwhelming encounters where our very bedrock is shaken. This could come in the form of life tragedies that alter our sense of awareness. I call this the turning point in one’s life. Unfortunately, most of us need to experience this event in order to see, with great clarity, a purpose and meaning. Once we have awakened to our own mortality, we will see life in a different light. We will realize our power to influence our fate and with this knowing comes the call to abandon the old self and embrace the new. Thus, one’s greatness will be unleashed.
If you want to make a change in your life you must first be awaken to your own fragility. You must see death, you must see suffering and you must see tragedy. You mind will not acknowledge the gift of the present until it experiences the reality of the moment. Our time in this life is very short and our status is uncertain. Remind yourself these always. To enforce this mindset you could try any of the following:
Imagine yourself dying. Feel what’s it’s like to have no more tomorrow. Honestly speaking, we can do great wonders once we knew we are to perish at any time. The thought of the past and future will vanish; what only counts are the few moments left for us to live. Why not think this way? After all, death is just around the corner.
See yourself in a scenario where you are crippled and useless. Perhaps this will make you realize the gift of mobility at your disposal. Oftentimes, we fail to see our capability until it’s too late.
Go to the emergency unit of a hospital and witness a person’s suffering. You’ll feel an eerie feeling surrounding your body. That feeling is the realization of your own mortality. Don’t wait for such moment to come into your life before you make a change. Few are lucky to be given a second chance.
Visit a funeral and see yourself in the casket. Think about the people you have leaved behind. What will become of them once you’re gone? Did you make your best to make a difference in their lives? Or will you be just an ordinary corpse whose memories will be forgotten with time.
The decision will always be ours. The capacity to affect the change we want depends on our mindset. If we allow limitations and discouragement to prevent us from materializing the aspirations we long in life then we have denied ourselves the opportunity to make the best out of life. Change is constant in the state of all things. Nothing evolves from being the same. Make a change in your life NOW or regret it later.
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