is paved with good intentions.” This quote radiates with a truth that is singular and yet the misunderstanding of it is a universal malaise. Few people look for their purpose early in life; Some stumble upon it, some die never having found it. The few who look for it try to find it in the past, in the skills they’ve acquired, in the degrees they have framed on their wall because they are trying to pave the path to purpose with good intentions. Nobody wants to find a purpose that nullifies or throws away their past achievements. Nobody wants to let go of the decisions they made in the past in order to arrive at their true purpose. Why? Because disappointing ourselves and others by saying we have taken a wrong turn is nothing short of misery. To awaken the soul we have to look beyond the money spent, the time “wasted,” and, most importantly, the idea of finding purpose only in the decisions of our past. Choose to forgo the notion that A leads to B and B to C and so on. The path to success is NOT paved with the good intention of rewarding the decisions of your past self; rather, it is paved with the self awareness and intuition of who you are TODAY and who you aspire to be TOMORROW.
Life can seem like a competition. Everyone has an opinion on how often to exercise, what to eat, where to go, who to date and even where to work. We are fascinated by achievement and success but seldom do we pause to wonder whose timeline we are really on and whose expectations we are trying to meet. It seems that some struggle to receive the approval of others on their life choices, while the rest hide behind their own meaning of perfection. Being happy means being consistent with who you are. The problem is we often don’t understand our own values because we haven’t sat down to consider what those might be. Once we place our own values above the opinions of others we can start living a happy life. Only you can measure the success of your days because happiness is built on the small triumphs of the everyday. How do you measure success? A healthy breakfast? A full 8 hours of sleep? A great phone call with your best friend? Give yourself the permission to live in peace with how you spend your time and energy. Happiness is in your grasp already.
or the wine… Taking 100% responsibility for your life means never blaming anyone else for the outcome of your choices. The way you choose to respond to hardships and obstacles will always be a direct reflection of the quality of your life. Ask yourself how you are shaping your life with the choices you make and the meaning you attribute to the circumstances around you!