You Can Run But You Can’t Hide

Have you every just wanted to run away, escape your problems or pack your bags and go on a long vacation  so you didn’t have to deal with what was going on in your life and finally find that happiness you’ve been searching for?  Have you ever thought that perhaps you would be happier if you just left everything behind and started over by moving to another state or country?

Life can be a lot to handle.  It throws you some crazy fast balls, straight at your face sometimes.  Escaping it is only temporary.  Unless you solve the issues that are there, they don’t go away.  They will follow you wherever you go.  After close inspection, you will realize that it was not your problems you were running from, it was how they made you feel.  And, after all, your feelings go with you wherever you are!

Drowning your problems with a bottle of wine or binging on a bunch of comfort food may help temporarily but as soon as the alcohol or sugar is out of your system, there’s the issue you ran from staring you straight in the face.

The only way to get rid of a problem is to face it or solve it.  Although I cannot give you the answers to solving each of your issues, I can tell you from experience that the only way to be at peace is to search for it from within.  It is possible.  You have all the tools you need inside you.  You can even find happiness during times of tragedy.

You must first take care of what is in front of you.  Tackle or face the issues that have you stuck.  Know what is within your control.  It is important to remember that not everything can be solved by us.  Sometimes things need to work themselves out or require someone else’s effort to fix them.

What you can do on your end is find what it is that makes you happy.   Happiness is a state of mind, not a thing.  You can keep trying to fill your life with new “things” but things don’t bring you happiness.  The thoughts you give them do and eventually the newness wears off and the happiness will wear off too.

Choose happiness.  It can be found without spending money, consuming food or alcohol or moving to another state.  Find it in everything you do; spending time with family and friends, a walk in the park, memories, relaxation, exercise, yoga, writing in a journal, watching your favorite show on TV, engaging in a hobby, accomplishing a personal goal, finding gratitude for what and who is in your life or just sitting still focusing on something that makes you happy.

Remember, you can run, but you can’t hide from your problems.  You can however,  still find happiness where you are.  It’s a state of mind.

Where do you find your happiness?  Can you offer other readers ways to find happiness that doesn’t require running away, spending money or the quick fix of alcohol or food?  I would love to hear from you.  Please respond in the comment section.

(For further ideas, tips and videos that inspire peace and happiness, please check out the lists of posts to the right or search through my blog topics.  Please share with others who you think could use a little more peace and happiness in their lives.  As always, I appreciate you!)

Who Do You Want To Be – An Inspirational Video

I hope you will take the next few minutes to enjoy this inspirational video. In this 3.5 minute video Arnold Schwarzenegger asks the question, “Who do you want to be in your life?  Not what, but who?” He talks about how other people say it can’t be done but you have the power within you to make anything happen. He also discusses fearing failure and the fear of making decisions.   Pay no attention to those who say it cannot be done.  Go after what you want, be who you what to be in life.  The power is yours.  Take it.

Please click through my other titles on the right for other inspiring posts and helpful tips that will guide you to having more peace and happiness in your life.  Please follow this blog for future updates as well as share with your friends.  Thank you for stopping by!

Shouting It From The Rooftops, “THANK YOU!!”

“I appreciate you.”   “Thank you, thank you, thank you!!”  “I am truly grateful.”

I cannot count the number of times in the past 10 days I have said those words to people at the Dojo, to family, friends, strangers, friends on Facebook, Twitter, other Blogs and in reply to the many comments on my own blog.  I have to say though, I never get tired of saying it.  They are not just words.  It comes genuinely from the heart.

I feel that having an attitude of gratitude can go a long way.  It lightens my heart and I am hoping it does the same for the recipient.  So today, I want you to know that what do and who you are does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

So, today, no long lists on how to decrease stress, fears or have more time in your life.  Today, it’s just, “Thank you for always listening to me and encouraging me.  You’re a true friend and I want you to know how much I love and appreciate you.  Thank you for being you and for everything you do.  I appreciate you with all my heart.  You’re the best.”

Who do you appreciate?  Tell them today.  (Telling me is not necessary but pass on the love.)

❤  Missy ❤

The Importance of Appreciating A Simple Moment

My purpose with this blog is to help others reduce stress and the amount of time spent on negative situations in order to increase happiness and have more peace in their lives, all the while, learning myself how to relax and enjoy life and those around me more. My ultimate goal is to learn to create and stay longer in the state of peace.

In keeping with this theme I thought I’d share with you just something cute that happened today.  It is something so small that if I blinked I just might have missed it.

I was running very low on gas, for the sheer reason that I was being lazy about stopping.  There were too many other things that had to be done today.  When I finally pulled into the best place in town to get gas, I had 5 miles left in my tank according to the dashboard readout.  My parents always called this, “running on fumes.”

I opened the tank and prepared to fuel up.  When I placed the nozzle near the gas tank a white moth flew out from inside the compartment.  It immediately made me laugh out loud.  Typically the cartoons I’ve seen have been moths flying out of an empty wallet and other things that were empty.  This was just priceless.

The reason I wanted to share was just a gentle reminder to stay in the moment.  You never know when life, or nature in this case will throw a comedic moment at you to make something so mundane just a little bit better.  It was if nature was trying to say, “slow down a moment and look at me!”

I am truly grateful for moments like this, however small and insignificant it may have seemed to others.  I hope this will remind you to take time to notice what goes on around you and appreciate the simple moments.

What kind of things have you noticed lately that brightened you day that you otherwise would have missed if you weren’t paying attention?