February 19, 2007.
"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backward."
ONCE UPON A TIME we lived a life unencumbered by worries and frustrations. Way back when, back in our younger days, we truly enjoyed just about everything about life and why not? Our days were filled to overflowing with contentment, happiness and delight.
Day after fun filled, adventure packed day, the world was truly our playground a blissful, peaceful place where we had the times of our lives. Back then, once upon a time, a sparkling brilliance of hope and optimism gleamed in our eyes for all the world to see. In those glorious days gone by, an ever present smile was always on full display, stretching from one side of our face to the other.
"Use your precious moments to live life fully every single second of every single day."
Before we became all too familiar with the pessimism and negativity that can darken the brightest day, there wasnt a thing we didnt believe we could accomplish. Before we encountered the defeat and despair that troubled times can bring up close and way too personally, there wasnt a thing we wouldnt attempt.
Before we experienced all of the pressures, stress and worries that day to day living can hurl our direction, there wasnt a thing that could possibly keep us from feeling cheerful, happy, almost downright giddy all day long. Boy, have things changed for the majority of us. And not for the better. Having discovered that life is not always a bowl full of cherries, those cherished once upon a time feelings we loved so much once upon a time are now all but forgotten; distant memories and nothing more.
"We don't remember days; we remember moments."
What became of the fairy tale lifestyle we enjoyed in our childhood days, the almost too wonderful for words innocence that knew no bounds, no fears, no worries? When you look back, its easy to see that we grow up and eventually leave our childhood days behind us. Whats not as easy to spot is the other things we leave behind as well: namely the exuberance, vitality and zeal for living that made our earlier years so much fun.
Contrary to popular belief, all of those great times and fabulous feelings you enjoyed once upon a time dont have to be a once in a lifetime experience. While you may not believe in fairy tales, your life can take on a fairy tale quality if youre willing to give it a shot a really good shot, that is. And it all begins with reintroducing some of those child-like traits back into your daily routine.
"Now is the only time there is. Make your now wow, your minutes miracles, and your days pay. Your life will have been magnificently lived and invested, and when you die you will have made a difference."
Mark Victor Hansen
Whats wrong with believing in yourself again, seeing yourself as the unbeatable superman you once were
once upon a time? Not a thing. And is there anything wrong with injecting a little more fun, a little more excitement and a little more happiness into your life right now, the refreshingly ebullient zest that seems to radiate from a happy child? Not at all.
While we all have to get older, that doesnt have to mean that we give up our youthful fire or fervor, does it? Rather than allowing lifes distractions and disappointments to spoil your fun, why not start each day with the restless anticipation of your youth, anxiously looking forward to all the hope and promise a new day brings?
Why not choose not to lose those precious, priceless feelings that made your life something truly special once upon a time; instead choosing to live your life in a dream come true fashion from this day forward? When you bring back that once upon a time eagerness, energy and excitement you felt years ago, you can once again enjoy the happiness you thought you had lost. Each day, every day
for the rest of your life.
The Bottom Line: By rekindling that once upon a time exuberance and enthusiasm you once knew, you immediately recapture the exhilarating magic that makes life so very special.
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