“Live, Laugh, Love, three words and only you can define, determine, create and turn them into reality, for those three words will always present themselves in different forms, it is the meaning each individual provides that determines their vitality.”
What is your monthly, weekly, daily to keep list?? Do you have a list of the things that are important to your life? We sometimes tend to direct our focus on our to do list. We forget a to keep list is just as important. I have at times become a servant of my to do list and neglected to nourish my to keep list. Life, Laughter, Love and Relaxation are imperative parts of living, they are my to keep list, in order to have a full mind, the energy and drive to accomplish my to do list, I must balance my work with my to keep list.
I tried out for basketball, not only did I make it to the team, my second year in High School, I was already playing Varsity. I would get up in the mornings to shoot baskets, stay after school and practice to continue the same pattern. I remember nights of staying up until 1-2 o’clock in the morning to make sure I studied for school in order to keep up with my grades. It takes sacrifice, determination, stamina, commitment to accomplish and achieve.
It was a weekday sunny afternoon, when my coach approached me and asked, “are you enjoying life, you only live once, are you taking the time to rest?” I stood still and paused for a moment, the thought had never crossed my mind until my coach proposed that question. I felt I was working, achieving, practicing, but I was so involved in my to do list, I had neglected to nourish, work on, and enjoy my to keep list. I was setting myself for a pattern of existence that followed me into my adult years.
Life can become a series of films and scenes that we watch on a screen. Life pulls us in different directions and without realizing we sit back and watch the movie from a seat. Instead of living life, we allow life to live us. Media, the neighbor, external environments create an image of the definition of happiness and what is worse for our success, internal happiness, Innovation, creativity and viability, we buy into those images and turn them into reality. We type and write our to do list and feel we failed if not completed on time. I had filled my days with things to do and forgot how to learn and enjoy my to keep list, called THE PRESENT MOMENT.
I am not saying that BIG goals and to do lists are unnecessary. They are important for accountability, task achievement, progress evaluation and success.
A balance of a to keep list and a to do list is an achievement few have mastered, an understanding and full embrace of the meaning of Live, Laugh, Love and Relax is an expression and state of mind even less have learned to embrace and practice on a daily bases. The secret to living a full life in those three words specifically is within the meaning you decide to give to your own life. When you live 100% accountable for your life, comparison, regrets, hate, criticism and negativity have a moment at best. Focus, direction, internal peace and happiness overtake your day and essentially your life if you decide to give those qualities your time. My to keep list is something that balances and works along my to do list.
Live you only have one life, Laugh it will brighten your day, Love is good for the soul and Relax life will pass you by either way, the meaning, purpose and direction will be determined by you.
Only you can write your story.
I don’t think I know