June 19, 2018
A friend of mine posted today’s topic on Facebook. Instantly I hearted it! Truer words were NEVER spoken (thanks Dani Cleveland)! Your very best YOU is the greatest gift to give to yourself and the world. Your strength of character. Your beauty. Your tenacity. Your drive. YOU, at your very best. Disclaimer: This is not to say you aren’t at your very best now. This post is to drive home the importance of always reaching for the best you right where you’re at. Let’s look at the YOU quadrant.
The YOU quadrant represents four aspects of your life that affect your core being.
Spiritually – Connecting to your higher power connects you to your higher self. Whatever higher power you commune with, when you tap into your Higher Self, you converge with your soul and can experience deeper connection with that higher power. With the knowledge that you are loved unconditionally by your higher power, you are more compassionate and loving toward others. That raw, real, and DNA deep love will vibrate through you and reverberate like a love signal throughout the world, becoming the YOU gift of peace and harmony.
Mentally – Taking care of your mental health keeps you grounded. The World Health Organization (WHO), defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. Let me add Exercise to this definition. Exercise is a vital part of your mental wellbeing (even if you just dance by yourself in your home three times a week for 30 minutes). It releases stress and the feel-good chemicals in your brain that help you relax. I mention dancing because of how I feel while dancing. For me, it’s THE best form of exercise around.
Emotionally – Putting your emotional wellbeing into perspective keeps you focus on learning life lessons. This is emotional intelligence defined as the ability to recognize and manage your emotions. Managing your emotions allows you to manage how you respond to others’ emotions. For example, there was a time when I was an angry driver…scratch that, I was an out-of-control mess. Once, another driver cut me off and I followed her home and…well, I didn’t use good judgment (no one was hurt in the making of this memory). I knew then I had some anger management issues I needed to address. With counseling and meditation, I now have WAY more patience with my fellow travelers on the road.
Financially – Investing in your financial stability creates peace of mind. It’s been reported that more than half of American households are not prepared for an emergency that costs $400 or more. I wouldn’t have a problem until it hit the $2000 and up range. My goal is to be financially healthy enough to be able to weather whatever issue, whenever it happens. Also a robust bank account offers the flexibility to explore venues unavailable previously. Start your own clothing line, vacation in Europe for a month, get that nip and tuck…financial health = financial freedom. In my financial journey, I have worked VERY hard to make enough money to live comfortably. However, I still have work to do.
The YOU quadrant. Get into it!
“You Are THE Greatest Project You Will Ever Work On”