About 2 years before I started this website, I was going through a spiritual phase I guess you could call it. I was trying to figure out the purpose of my life, what I wanted to do, be, and how I wanted to contribute. I had a lot of thoughts flowing through my mind about what sort of life I wanted to create and experience and came up with a short phrase to remind me what is truly important to me and that's how, "Love Life. Do Good. Live Well." came to be. This is my interpretation.
In essence, to me this means to love everything around me, people, nature, moments, experiences, spirituality, and so on. It's about realizing that life is a gift. It's about cherishing the relationships and bonds that I have with the people in my life. It's about remembering that life would be pretty lame without them. It's about loving myself for who I am and seeing enough in myself to follow my dreams.
It's often easy to forget these things with all of the challenges and stress that goes on in every day life. But if you've ever had the experiencing of seeing a loved one going through their final days, you all of the sudden realize that most of the little things people fuss about isn't all that significant in the whole grand scheme of things and even the little moments of happiness can mean the world to you.
Something as simple as flying a kite at the park can suddenly be one of the cherished memories you have that can bring you to tears. It's about remembering that our time here is limited and not to waste too much of it doing pointless things. We only live once so we gotta make this life count.
This basically means to give back. Whether it's donating time, money, sharing my knowledge or anything else, as long as I'm making some positive impact, then I feel like I'm doing something to contribute to the world no matter how small.
You may be in a position where giving is tough. Whether you don't have much money or much time, giving isn't always an easy thing to do. If you're in this situation, then work hard on improving your life and putting yourself in a better position to help others. Some people just do enough to help themselves and that's fine. However, if you ever have the urge to do so, consider reaching beyond your own needs. The feeling of making a positive impact on someone's life is just amazing.
Doing good doesn't have to be anything big either. It could be anything from creating music that others will enjoy to making videos that put a smile on people's face to running a marathon for some cause to inspiring people to giving some of your time to making a small donation to your favorite charity.
It's also a reminder to just be kind to people. Sure, we all have our differences but who's to say that if you grew up in the other person's shoes that you wouldn't end up being the same way? Although the media makes this world look like a crap hole, I believe that there are way more good people than bad people in this world.
If you strip away the outer layer, you'll find that most of us want the same things. We want to be loved, be accepted, feel secure, and know that our existence matters to someone.
To me, this means to live a healthy as well as a financially successful life. You could have lots of money but if your health isn't great, you'll have a hard time enjoying life. If you have great health but no money, you'll be working all day just to pay the bills.
I realize that money isn't everything but people with money can do a lot more in terms of inspiring and helping others than people who are flat out broke and are solely focused on making ends meet.
Imagine being in a position where money wasn't an issue. Think about how much more you can do with an extra 40 hours a week. You could do what you have a passion for. You could learn new skills. You could travel and explore new places, meet new people, and create moments that will last a life time.
Being in a position where you work because you want to instead of working because you have to will make life a lot more enjoyable.
Taking care of your health shouldn't be something you start doing only after your doctor tells you some bad news. Another piece of junk food isn't going to harm you. Another cigarette isn't going to kill you. Not exercising today won't matter much to your health. However, doing these things each day over a certain amount of time will destroy your health.
It takes some discipline but would you rather be 60 and healthy or living each day in pain, having tubes hooked up to you, and feeling bad for being a burden on your loved ones?
Love Life. Do Good. Live Well. – These are the words that remind me each day what's truly important to me.
For the people who knew about my site from the beginning, I used to have a logo with 3 spheres; a red one, blue one, and green one. You'll notice I use it as my favicon as well. Red stands for Love Life. Blue stands for Do Good. Green stands for Live Well.
So if you ever wondered about that logo or why I put "Love Life. Do Good. Live Well." at the end of my articles, there it is.
Until next time...