More than once I have contemplated taking my life. Why live? Truth be told, every day I ask myself, “Why should I get up this morning?” More than 20% of people in the United States live with a mental illness and greater numbers struggle with self-destructive addictions or experience emotional disorders as a result of trauma or abuse. In these instances, understanding your “Why” is more than life changing. Knowing the answer can be life saving.
How can you discover your "Why"?
Allow negative self-talk, judgments and fears to flee. Take time for
· Quietness - pray, meditate, write
· Exercise - walk, swim, dance
· Nourishment - feed body (e.g., veggies), mind (e.g., puzzles), and spirit (e.g., music)
Avoid tempting seductions:
· Food rather than feelings
· Settling for what you are given rather than asking for what you want. Taking for granted rather than making the effort
Acknowledge your authentic Self---that which makes you distinctively you:
· Gifts and talents
· Passions and burning desires
· Sources of laughter, joy and fulfillment
Knowing your “Why” is empowering. You will
· Possess greater clarity, direction and focus
· Think more creatively and strategically
· Heal, recover and be more alive.
What is your why? You can share by leaving a comment.