Mindful Monday with The Gloomy Optimist

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Talk about putting things into perspective!  That giant, yellow ball is the sun.  The hot, burning, bright sun!  That tiny little ball – aka: Earth – we live there.  There are over 7.5 BILLION people on earth.  There are approximately 579 MILLION people in North America.  There are about 326 MILLION people in the USA.  Texas alone hosts over 28 MILLION people.  And in Dallas, there are over 1.5 million people.  My town has a mere 117,000 people.

What is my point?  There are a lot of us out there!  A LOT!  And we often get lost in what others think about us.  Are we being judged?  Do these jeans make my butt look fat?  If I’m going out for a night out with friends, I’ll change my outfit at least 3 times.  I’ll spend extra time on my hair and makeup.  We are always worried about how others see us.

I think maybe we do all this work to impress others, because we are too scared to stop and look inside ourselves and see what it is that really makes us happy.  What brings us serenity within ourselves.  Doing the things we want to do for our own well-being.  I can’t tell you how to do that for yourself, but maybe I can open the dialogue for us all so we can figure out how to love ourselves more.

Going back to those 7.5 billion other people on earth, try to remember that they are all just like us.  At different times in their lives, they worry, they stress, they work jobs they hate.  We all have something to offer this world.  Imagine if we all lived a more mindful life.  How different would the world be then?  Now break it down and think about how different your life could be.

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