Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Live and Learn

This is the quote I received today from Belief.net:

Learn as if you were going to live forever. Live as if you were going to die tomorrow.

- Mahatma Gandhi

Every day, I try to learn... whether it be from my children, my friends, things I read and so on. The knowledge we can learn is unlimited. This is why I try to keep an open mind. There are so many out there who are close minded and do not allow room for new information and new possibilities. The possibilities for us are endless. I feel that I now live my life using all the past experiences I have learned. However, I do not allow my past experiences to control how I live. Does that make sense? You live by experience but you also learn by experience. I have no regrets from my past decisions and feel that I have learned a lot from them. A very wise person recently said to me, "You must stand up for what you believe in, no matter what anyone else thinks." I have noticed in the past that I have allowed outsiders interfere with my decisions in life. I cared way too much what others would think or say. Now I finally feel strong enough to not allow outsiders affect my decisions. Maybe this is because I am a stronger person, and I have been trying to live as if each day was my last. Life is seriously too short to worry about what others think. When I feel the brunt of someones criticism, I just tell myself that they will get over it and this is my life. If I feel that I am making the right decisions, who has the right to tell me otherwise? They are not able to get inside of me to see and feel what makes me happy. I am just going to live every day as if it was my last. If I am happy then those around me will be happy. And, hopefully those who do not understand my decisions will eventually be able to embrace my happiness as well.

What I am thankful for today:
support from those who care about me
the ability to not allow others opinions to control my decisions
my awesome kids
spending time with Jamie on Saturday night
seeing Annie on Monday
Makenna doing the 'newest' Electric Slide yesterday...LOL!
my new dress for Tanya's wedding (thank you Diane and Jenny for the Kohl's gift card!)
the entire day with my kids today
therapy tomorrow
my overabundance of time and energy
visits from Mimi and Pop-Pop (who I know are helping to guide me throughout my life)
my new Premier earrings from Beth's show!!
Gavin and Makenna's silly faces
each and every new day