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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life



The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment?

In this digital era of social media, Likes, Shares, and technology, it can sometimes be hard to see the important things that should be getting more of our focus on a daily basis. With that in mind, let’s look at what in my opinion, are the top 8 most important things in life.

1. Your Health

This is at the top of the list for a reason. Your health should always be one of your top priorities. It is what will allow you to keep going, to stay motivated, and to help others along the way. Taking care of your health includes everything from eating right and staying active to focusing on your mental health with things like meditation and mindfulness. Paying attention to your health can reduce your risk of diseases, lower stress, and give you more energy. Make a commitment to improve your health, you will be so glad that you do.

2. Your Family and Friends

Surrounding yourself with a support system of people who care about you and love you (and whom you love and care about in return) can be so fulfilling. The love of family members is unlike any other. Though your siblings might get on your nerves sometimes, you know that you will always be there for each other, and there is a comfort in knowing that. Sometimes, certain friends can feel more like family than those who you are related actually related to. Life is better when it is shared with others. Family and friends can keep you from feeling lonely and isolated and can help to boost your overall happiness.

3. Love

Love may not be “all you need,” but it should certainly be a big part of your life. That doesn’t necessarily mean romantic love, either. Love is often the driving force in life that can help you to feel connected with others. But, it can also play a big role in your hobbies, your career, and your passion to try new things. Try to look at the world through the lens of love. Doing so, allows you to embrace things more freely, and appreciate your experiences.

4. Having a Passion

Everyone has dreams, ambitions, and goals in life. Some might be small, while others might seem unattainable at times. But, the passion you have for these things is what will drive you through life. Having a passion for something can not only help you to find joy, but it can allow you to bring joy to others in the process, too.

5. What You Learn

Education is incredibly important for a more fulfilling life. But, that can look different for everyone. Obviously, you will learn a lot by going to school and even if you choose to continue your education as an adult. But, you can also choose to become a “lifelong learner”. Not everything is learned through a textbook or in a classroom, so be open to trying new things, taking on new challenges, and learning something new more often. It will help you from becoming stagnant, and you might even discover new things about life that you never expected.

6. Time

While time itself is something you cannot control, you can absolutely control what you do with it. Every single person on earth is only given a certain amount of time. Making the most of it is one of the best things you can do to truly feel content. For some people, that means creating schedules and sticking to routines. For others, it means leaving each day without knowing what might happen and taking on new experiences as much as possible. The important thing is not to take time for granted. Instead, choose to take advantage of every second that you are given.

7. Food and Water

Water is the most basic need of the human body. So much so, that 60% of our bodies are actually made up of water! Drinking enough throughout the day will not only help to keep you physically healthy, but it can boost your energy and help you to stay more focused too.

Feeding your body properly is also important. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy indulgences every now and then. But, think of the food you eat as fuel for your life; what you put in you’ll likely get out. Nourishing yourself properly will allow you to stay stronger, healthier, and live more fully.

8. Rest

In this busy world where everything seems to be moving at an unsustainable pace, so many people aren’t getting enough rest. Studies have shown that the average person needs about 7-8 hours of sleep each night in order to function at their best. Unfortunately, not many people actually get that much sleep. Getting enough rest each day helps your mind and body to repair themselves. A lack of sleep can lead to things like weakness and fatigue, as well as a lack of focus and difficulty concentrating. You simply can’t live your best life if you’re overly tired. Make rest a priority, even if it means creating a nightly routine to help you sleep or going to bed earlier.

Again, it is easy to debate what the most important things in life really might be. One thing is certain, as you can see from this list; the best things in life truly are free. It is not about having material possessions or having more than your neighbor. It is about looking internally to determine what you need to do to find peace, comfort, and contentment.


6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough



6 Things To Remember When You Think That You’re Not Good Enough

Have you ever had moments where you feel completely inadequate? Maybe a specific situation comes up and you think there is no way that you would ever be good enough to do what is needed. Or, maybe you feel that way all the time and you can’t seem to get past it.

Thinking that you are not good enough and having low self-esteem tend to go hand-in-hand, but they are slightly different.

Thankfully, you can work on both of them by changing your thinking habits and banishing some of that negative self-talk from your mindset. Whether you think you are not good enough in certain situations or you have a hard time believing that you are good enough for almost anything, it doesn’t have to be that way forever.

Let’s look at a few things you should always keep in mind when those thoughts come in, and how you can start to convince yourself of your true worth.

1. You Are Not Alone

Thinking that you are not good enough can cause a lonely existence. You might not want to put your burdens on others, so you don’t talk about it. You might also think that everyone else is perfectly happy with who they are, and are confident in everything that they do.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reality is, you never know what other people are fully thinking/feeling. What you can count on, though, is that there are so many others who feel just like you, and are constantly wondering if they are “enough”. Knowing that you are not alone can help you to work through your feelings without feeling so isolated.

2. You Have Your Own Skills

A common reason why people tend to think they are not good enough is because they don’t have a specific talent or skill that someone else has. But you probably have something that person doesn’t, too.

Everyone has their own abilities and things that make them unique. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, keep your mind on your talents and what makes you special.

“If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems and start focusing on the size of you!” – T. Harv Eker

3. You Can’t Be Perfect

Perfection is a fruitless thing to chase. Many people who question their self-worth do so because they are perfectionists.

But, if you set such a high standard for yourself, you will always be disappointed. Perfection doesn’t exist, and while you can strive to be your best, it is important to understand human error and limits. That doesn’t mean the things you do are some how “less” than great. But, striving for perfection is something that can make you feel inadequate.

4. You Are Worthy of Loving Yourself

Love tends to be the answer for so many things, including any pain or turmoil that you might be going through. Thinking that you are not good enough is an easy way to cause yourself sadness and pain. Those thoughts can quickly snowball and you might start to think about more negative things about yourself.

Instead of fueling those negative thoughts, choose love. Love is like a permanent band-aid for the pain that you are going through. It is a great way to comfort yourself, provide reassurance, and get a clearer picture of who you really are and all of the wonderful things that you can offer the world. By choosing self-love, you can start to see yourself in a more positive light, and push those negative thoughts away.

“We must fall in love with ourselves. I don’t like myself. I’m crazy about myself.” – Mae West

5. Mistakes Can Be a Good Thing

Do you ever find yourself feeling especially inadequate when you “fail”? While that is not uncommon, that word should really be removed from your vocabulary.

Everyone “fails” at times, because again, perfection is not attainable. When you start to consider anything less than perfection to be a failure, it is easy to beat yourself up and think that you will never amount to the things that you truly want.

But, when you start to view your failures and mistakes as good things and stepping stones, you can completely shift your perspective and realize that not only are you good enough, but you are also resilient and strong. Some of the biggest “failures” in history went on to be the most successful people because they learned from their mistakes. They looked at the things that went wrong and considered how they could change them.

It is important to use your mistakes as a way to learn and grow. When you are able to do that, you will find a greater sense of fulfillment when things finally come together and you get it “right”.

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordon

6. Gratitude Goes a Long Way

It might not always feel easy to accept and be grateful for who you are. But, it is incredibly important. Instead of thinking about the things you don’t have or areas where you are not “good enough”, choose to actively think about and pursue the positive. Focus on what you are grateful for. The more that you do that, the easier it will be to banish those thoughts of doubt and insecurity. I like to start every day by using my journal and begin by writing down three things that I am grateful for.

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” — Melody Beattie

Once you really start to think about it, you will find that you have more to be grateful for than you may have initially realized, and that way of thinking can help you to establish healthier, more positive thoughts about yourself that will last a lifetime.

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50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions



50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions

What are existential questions?

Existential questions are usually deep, philosophical questions that question just that — our very existence.

They can be great conversation starters and they can also sometimes make for a passionate discussion. The following existential questions can be a great way to get to know someone better and perhaps even learn new things about yourself.

The word existential comes from the Latin word “existentia”, which means to exist. Existential questions challenge our way of thinking, our beliefs and our perspective.

Is there a right or wrong answer to an existential question? Perhaps not, as each question usually just asks more questions.

I have put together the following list of thought provoking existential questions so that you can perhaps start an internal conversation with yourself or start an interesting debate with your friends.

50 Thought Provoking Existential Questions


1. Are there limits to human creativity?

2. What makes something beautiful?

3. How do we know if we’re doing the right thing?

4. Who am I?

5. What is one thing that every human should get to experience in their life?

6. Do you believe in a power greater than humanity?

7. Are we given enough time?

8. Is privacy a right?

9. What is the best way for a person to attain happiness?

10. Are we alone in the universe?

11. What is love?

12. How would you define genius?

13. What do you think your purpose is?

14. If babies are considered innocent, when do people cease to be innocent?

15. Is it better to expand your knowledge or to deepen it?

16. Why do you think we are here?

17. How important is ‘play’ in living a healthy and fulfilling life?

18. Do you have a right to be happy, or should you earn it?

19. What happens when I die?

20. What worries me the most about the future?

21. What is a person? Is it the mind, or the body?

22. Would the world be a better place if all leaders were women? If you answered yes, why?

23. What activity have I done that has made me feel the most alive?

24. Does truth exist without evidence?

25. If I had to instill one piece of advice in a newborn baby’s mind, what advice would I give?

26. Does a person have a soul? If so, where is it?

27. Is intelligence or wisdom more useful?

28. Is it more important to love or be loved?

29. What would make the world a better place?

30. How should we measure our lives? In years? In moments? In accomplishments? Something else?

31. What is the difference between living and simply existing?

32. If you died today, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

33. What advice would you tell your younger self?

34. Which is worse: failing or never trying?

35. Is a minimum wage a good idea? What about a maximum wage?

36. What is the most important goal every person should have?

37. Can anything ever really be considered ‘true’ or is everything subjective?

38. Is the world a better place with humans in it?

39. If extra-terrestrial life was discovered, how do you think humanity would react?

40. Is happiness just a mixture of chemicals circulating through our bodies?

41. Where do you think we go when we die?

42. Have I done anything lately worth remembering?

43. Can you ever have full control over your own life?

44. How do you know that you are not dreaming right now?

45. Is one lifetime enough?

46. What matters most in my life?

47. Is a person ever truly evil? If so, are they born that way?

48. What is the meaning of life?

49. Is humanity going in the right or wrong direction?

50. What does it mean to live a good life?

I hope that you enjoyed these thought provoking existential questions. I hope that they perhaps made you think about your beliefs, yourself and the world around you (the bigger picture). If you discuss these questions with a friend, remember, there is probably no right and wrong answers, usually just a matter of opinion.

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30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self



30 Life Lessons That I Would Tell My Younger Self

I clearly remember when I was 18, then 25 and in then what seems like a flash, I have recently celebrated by 50th birthday. While some people might dread the thoughts of hitting such a milestone. (more…)

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