GRATEFUL LIVING (Gratitude through it all)

During difficult times, you hear the phrase “Everything happens for a reason. Be Strong. Do not give in” or “God has a reason for everything my dear, be grateful in all things”  And do not get me wrong, these are all true and meaningful words of encouragement people need to give one another in times of frustration, depression and what not. And for some people, it is very hard to let the words sink in because when you are in pain or in a destructive condition, those words turn into a language you can not understand. It is very tough to be grateful and positive when you are the one in the situation. You would want to, but your mind wont let you until you understand what it means to be  grateful and how it can change your life and way of thinking.

Everybody goes through challenging and distressing situations everyday of their lives. And if you look on the bright side, it is no death sentence at all because it is not the reduction in problems or challenges that will make you happy. For instance, you may have everything that you could possibly dream of… but it does not end there, because you would want more of it or something else and that makes you discontented, therefore not grateful and unhappy. However, there are others who face misfortunes that we would not wish  for ourselves yet they are grateful, therefore happy. Isn’t that beautiful?

In other words, you become truly happy when you are grateful for every moment in your life; be it good or bad. So it is not the happy people that are grateful but rather the reverse.

I believe that being grateful is about being overly thankful for everything freely given to you by God and how you have manged to make something out of the free thing. It does not matter how big  or small you have achieved but the fact that you are not slacking or being static. For example, we do not earn or trade something to be to be alive. It is free. Life is a valuable gift given to us from above, in it comes lots of moments, opportunities and second chances. And we should be grateful for, and in, every moment, and everyday of our lives because we have second chances and opportunities in life to do something worthwhile. Everything that comes with life and living is a gift in a gift. We can choose how we want our story to end with the opportunities given to us by God.

“When times are stable and the sea is calm and secure, no one is really tested. Similarly, God puts us to a test not to destroy us but to strengthen our faith in him and make our lives meaningful. Many Christians  do not read the Word so they are misinformed, God never said that we will not face temptations, hardship, suffering and the likes. Of course we will, but his  promise to us is that He will be with us through it all. Those who yearn for him really find him.

When you are grateful, you live with a sense of satisfaction and joy not discontentment and fear. Do not be grateful once in a while. Live gratefully everyday!

With love,

Sika Sunshine

Importance of Self-Love

In my journey of attaining self-love, i am discovering interesting and great importance of self-love and self-worth (they are somehow interconnected). It is my wish that anyone reading this can relate, to be able to understand and enjoy the benefits of self-love. Here are a few points/tips i would like to share

  • First of all, Self-love gives you courage to move out of your comfort zone. To take risks and to achieve “small wins” in life which turn into Great achievements. Just think about the things that limit you to do certain things e.g. shyness. When you are shy, you are unable to do more, or go extra. You are always in the “below average” or “average” zone which is unhealthy if you want to be successful. In a nutshell, self-love erases intimidation.

 

  • Secondly, When you know your self worth, nobody can bring you down. You only absorb what is useful and discard what is not meaningful to you.

 

  • Self-love makes you the master of “your game.” You are your own boss and no one can intimidate you, because you know who you are and what you want.

 

  • Last but not the least, Self-love is a confirmation to you, your soul, mind and body that you are a master piece of life. Because you are Unique! Learn to appreciate the “whole you,” the imperfections, perfections, weaknesses and strengths that makes you up, and learn how to perfect yourself from the good and ugly side of you.

Self love equals confidence and confidence equals power. Therefore, self-love is power and nobody should take your power away from you because it (self-love) belongs to you. Let this month be your month of self-love and self appreciation of the inner and outer YOU! 

You only live once, so while you have breath be Confident, Dream Big and Achieve your Goals!

Self-Love

Do you ever have that feeling of complete appreciation and awareness of self? The ability to cherish and trust your struggles and love every imperfection of that which is inside and outside of you.

Self-love is what I speak of; many have different interpretations for it. So, today I want share a much better understanding self-love and what it entails. Self-love is not about loving and appreciating your perfections (good looks, good behavior,etc). You really love yourself when you are able to appreciate both the good and ugly side of what makes you, YOU.

Self-love is more about who you are now, who you want to become in the future and how you will help yourself transform into the best version of yourself with the help of your past experiences. (Self-love should never be influenced by an external force) You do not need anyone’s approval or validation except from Yourself .

I therefore encourage You to embrace your unique flaws and work on them because they play a part of what makes or breaks You and Me. We learn and grow from them, and they are just the beginning of OUR GREAT STORY.

So yeah!, work on yourself, your mind, whatever it is, try new stuffs once in a while and live your beautiful life to the fullest. So that on that day, you will not have regrets, only wonderful memories.

 

PS: please make your life meaningful; Life is never about material things, although it feels so good to be comfortable. Life should be fulfilling, not impressing. Do what makes you happy always, not sometimes. Life is short they say.