“Life is Beautiful.” I love that movie. You only need to watch it once, as the story and the message behind it will then stay with you for the rest of your days. For those who haven’t seen it, put it at the top of your list. It will change you. Then after you see it, look up “Robert Benigni Best Actor Acceptance Speech” on YouTube. The utter joy bursting out of Robert Benigni makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside! It is truly one of my favorite moments in Academy Award ceremony history.
Life really is beautiful, though, especially if you want it to be. But as yin and yang would have it, sometimes life doesn’t feel super awesome or beautiful. Perhaps you just lost your job…or maybe you’ve gotten into a really terrible spat with a loved one…or your car just broke down. Or, maybe you’re just not happy with the current overall status of your life.
Personally, I’ve had a really nice life so far, but I’ve also had my fair share of really hard times, too. I’ll be the first to say that I’ve been blessed with a wonderful husband, a loving family, special friendships, and good health, but life certainly isn’t perfect for me. Despite what my existence looks like via cheerful Instagram photos, I experience dark times, as well. And even though the sadness, anger, frustration and despair caused by certain events can feel all consuming, this is what I always try and remind myself:
Everything is Always Changing; Nothing Ever Stays the Same.
In other words, the situation that you’re in right now may be better tomorrow…or a week from now…or a month from now. Life continues on; we change, people in our lives can change and circumstances change. Occasionally, it just takes a couple of hours for things to seem a little brighter or more hopeful.
Yes, I know… When you’re feeling extremely sad or angry, the last thing you want is some “Hang in there, pal” type message that you’re not ready to hear yet. I’ve been there. So, click away if you must. I just ask that you write down the above statement in bold and revisit it when the time is right.
Other good reminders (that I’m constantly working on, myself): Cry when you need to, communicate with kindness, seek help when necessary and celebrate and be present during the good times. Most importantly, approach each day with love in your heart and light in your spirit. We should all feel that life is beautiful, after all.