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4 Brutally Honest Facts About Life That We Should All Live By

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We are living in a world which is overflowing with love and good people. We have things which create comfort and opportunities to become so much more than we thought. We are so used to all this luxury around us that gratitude is becoming only a “corny word” and losing its meaning. What if you wake up one day and you lose it all? What if today is the last day of your life?

I got inspired to write this article based on the information I received just a few days ago. My friend has leukemia, and she has been fighting it for over 3 years now. It is one of those stories when you know the person so well but stay speechless because you don’t know what to say. It is the moment which makes you forget about all your “problems”.

I am not here to judge because we all are guilty of taking things for granted. I guess it is a part of human nature. I simply want to share with you why it is time to realize everything that is allowing us to live.

Here are 4 brutally honest facts about life that we should always keep in mind:

1. You have one life

Let’s think about it. Do you want to be a shoe? Or a kangaroo? I bet you won’t. It always comes down to the fact that we all enjoy the privileges of being a human. Those chances and opportunities, feelings and experiences. We love it because life is phenomenal. So what is the catch?

Life itself has a lot of downfalls. You experience tons of struggles and hardships and pain. You deal with daily problems and challenges and somewhere there, among all these shenanigans, the true meaning of life disappears.

Look, I don’t blame you. Life sometimes gets so busy, we don’t notice it. The important thing is to appreciate those little things like a hearty laugh or great people we have around because nothing lasts forever. Life can change in an instant. Take advantage of what you have now.

“We have one life to live – and one chance to live it in the richest way possible.” – Judith Therman

2. You are limitless but time isn’t

What is the most common thing you do with your time? How much time do you spend by complaining, being angry or frustrated? If I tell you that you have a week to live, would you still behave the same way?

I love the fact that the sky has no limits because it makes me feel that everything is possible. But if we waste too much time on things and people who don’t matter, get stuck in the drama and sadness, one day we wake up with a heart full of regrets.

You have 24 hours in a day. How you use them is solely your responsibility. If you aren’t happy where you are now and you feel empty, lonely or unfulfilled, stop waiting around for some magical person or event to show up. You are the game-changer of your life.

3. You were meant to help people

If you think that life is all about you, I must respectfully disagree. Let’s say you want to make more money or gain more respect; you want to build legacy and wealth. If you are doing all this just for you then your effort is useless. Who are you going to share this “success” with?

The real meaning of life and fulfillment we are seeking will always come from the service we give to others. So if you ever wonder what the secret of life is, go out and help those worse off than you.

4. If you lack gratitude, you lack happiness

Since you are reading this article, I assume that you have some internet connection and a device you can read it on, food in the fridge and a roof over your head. Do me a favor and go on Google.

Check out some places around the world where children are starving or where the war is and read about it a bit. I am not asking you to save the world or become another Mother Teresa. I just want to show you the real deal.

Just the fact that you have the internet is giving you the opportunity to make money in an online space, travel the world and gain freedom. How crazy is that? Now, look at the other side where people are literally killing each other over clean water.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust 

Take those pink glasses off and see life as it is. As easy as it was given to you, it can be taken away, and you can’t do anything about it. Enjoy work you do, change things you don’t like and wake up every day with the gratitude of seeing another day. The best opportunity you’ve been given is LIFE. How are you going to use it?

Are you taking full advantage of being alive? If so, how? Please leave your thoughts below!

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Silvia committed her life to many things but one of them is helping people in turning their pain into power and teach them how to find benefits in the most difficult events of their lives. She is a motivational speaker and founder of CourageWithinYou platform.  She has written well over 200 articles oriented on personal development, success, and healthy mental growth. You can connect with her on Facebook or on her personal website www.silviaturon.com.

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4 Comments

  1. Raven

    Oct 2, 2017 at 11:51 pm

    yes, yes, yes, and yes. thank you Silvia Turonova for this blog. you can make a book out of this, kind of like the four agreements.

    Anyway, really appreciate you posting.

  2. InfoCreeds

    Apr 29, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Great blog, Silvia
    Thank you for sharing this blog. Gratitude, means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis of how much you’ve been given. Gratitude shifts your focus from what your life lacks to the abundance that is already present.
    I’ve been working really hard on being more grateful. It’s one of my major goals. Thank you so much for this post. I LOVE the idea of a gratitude journal. I think it might be just what I need!

    Thank you and Keep posting.

  3. Charlie

    Mar 3, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I have consistently in the last few years heard more and more people, particularly gurus like Robbins and Vaynerchuk, talk about gratitude. I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to realize how important this is. I want to teach this to my kids like right away. I want to sit them down and tell them that this can’t be ignored. I feel like time is passing by much faster now that I’m in my mid forties, I want to rush to do more things, but not for me. I never consciously made the decision to be more grateful, I think in my case it just manifested in the realization that my time here is limited.

    • Silvia Turonova

      Mar 5, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Charlie, I can totally resonate on this with you. For many years I’ve heard about gratitude and understood how important it is, but I didn’t practice it myself. It was like one of those things which you know they are good for you, but you don’t do them. Then one day, when I was going through some tough times, I decided that gratitude must be the part of my life once and for all. So I started a little journal where I wrote everything I felt grateful for. Even things like not skipping an exercise were on the list. When I took this journal after a year and started to go over every single page, I couldn’t believe all those things I ever wrote; I almost cried. Teaching your kids gratitude is one of the best gifts you can give it to them. It’s like giving them a handbook for happiness. Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving this thoughtful comment. I wish you and your family only the best in life.

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