What comes to mind when you read the title of this post? When I hear those three words put together I imagine a full life. Not a moment wasted. The chance to say when we die “I did it all”. The phrase is simple, putting it into action is not.
We all want to think we are living life to fullest, or we hope we know how to live life in such a way, but what does it really take to apply a these three words to our everyday situations? Let’s break it down, one by one.
This one is the hardest of the three. What does it mean to really live? How can one live when they have obligations such as a job and children? Is there room left for life when every other moment is full? I’ve asked myself these questions time and again. There are days when life is grand and other days when I feel like I’ve been living a routine for so long I don’t know how to live anymore.
Life doesn’t have to be like that. The one thing I’ve found that keeps me going is to seize the moments in life that make everything else worth it. Yes, my toddlers may have spilled a two gallon jug of water on my kitchen floor this morning, but I also remember how yesterday that came and hugged me and told me they loved me.
There are days when housework and community responsibilities seem to overtake my time. Which makes it that much harder to really enjoy the moments. But I have to remember that I am living my dreams. I am actually chasing goals in my life that are worth pursuing. Life is beautiful when you are shooting for something that you really love.
For me laughter is essential to life. It’s funny how you grow up and realize one day that you never laugh like you used to. I heard a statistic once (and this is totally by word of mouth, I have not verified it) that said children laugh one-hundred plus times a day while adults may not even laugh in a day. Even though I haven’t verified this, observation has told me that children laugh a lot more than I do. How can I increase the laughter in my life? Strangely enough it takes practice to be able to laugh at life. We have to start putting away our serious attitudes and smile more. Smile until you’re happy enough to laugh. It works for me.
Here’s the thing about love, it comes in so many forms. This is not just about meeting the right person and sharing your life with them. This is about surrounding yourself with family and friends who will lift you up and help you know what it is to love and to be loved. Without love for those around us, life can become a dark and confusing place. We need other people in our lives to find happiness. We need to find strong characters in our lives to make good choices. Love is the turning point between depression and life well lived.
Take a moment and think about all the good things in your life. Be grateful for them and then share them with others. That way we can live, laugh, and love to fullest.