I can barely stand to turn on the news anymore and after last week’s horrific shootings in South Carolina, my heart feels so heavy. To top it off we have news about ISIS killings, convicts on the loose, politicians who have their own agendas and are at each other’s throats; computer hackers stealing identities; and natural disasters occurring everywhere. Then we have celebrities who rent out public venues so their husband can play basketball for his birthday and somehow we’re supposed to be impressed by this.
We live in a world filled with hate and intolerance and to top it all off, he have the capabilities of instantly reporting every bad and negative thing that happens every single day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also have the ability to report the good, but we don’t. It doesn’t make good news.
I don’t know if the world was simpler when I was growing up. I just know it didn’t come firing at me from every direction. I crave simpler, which is the main reason I left Los Angeles and moved to a small town. Are things perfect here? No, they are not, but I believe that we have a huge responsibility in creating a life that works best for us and others around us.
I do miss what felt like simpler times.
So what do you do if you’re striving to live a Lionhearted Woman rich existence and you’re constantly being bombarded with negative messages?
Living a Rich Life begins with you!
You start by making a decision to live rich! Whether you’re financially rich or not, you can decide today that you will live in richness because of what IS inside of you. You make living a rich life a priority each and every day. But how?
Eradicate the money thing from your thinking. Abundance shows up in many different forms and it begins with gratitude.
Find ways to serve others, not because you have to, but because you want to.
Wake up with gratitude for the simple abundance you have in your life right now. Cherish your moments throughout the day and create moments for others with whom you come in contact.
Then bring it back to basics. I believe we need some simple basics that demonstrate to the Universe our gratitude and compassion. Give your best every day, even when you think you can’t.
Here’s my list of Simple Strategies to Live a Rich Life
Mind your manners – say Please and Thank You
Be an advocate for someone who can’t.
Don’t text and drive. (Sorry…I had to include this.)
Over tip your waiter.
Give a dollar to a homeless person without judgment.
Do your part to keep the planet clean.
Make an overdue phone call.
Reach out to your community and get involved.
Keep a gratitude journal.
Thank a soldier and his/her family.
Spend time in nature.
Rescue a pet.
Sit and watch the moon and the stars and marvel at this great, big, awesome Universe.
Give someone a hug.
Speak up when you see injustice.
Support a charity you believe in.
Read and read some more.
Give basic human respect to every single person you meet. The Universe smiles on those who do this.
These are simple actions you can easily incorporate into your life. It’s hard to believe that one person can make a difference, but when thousands of people practice the art of living a spiritually rich life – change is inevitable.
The news is not going to lift you up. The world is going through a major shift, but you and I can do our part and be a part of the solution and not the problem. Try adding some of these actions into your life and watch how things begin to shift.
Create the world you wish to live in.