Stop… and live!

So many times you hear people say “I wish I would have done this or that”. We get so wrapped up in our everyday lives that we push aside our goals, dreams and aspirations. Before we know it, the days and weeks are just clicking by. For me, it took a major health scare, cancer, to come to the realization that I was doing just that. My goals and dreams were not center stage. Friends and family have asked me, “How has this experience changed you?” Having time to ponder this question, it made me dig deep down and really assess what is important to me and what I want in life. Through the struggles during the past few months, I feel I have become a different person. Life has a new meaning and purpose. I have always been a caring and giving individual. But lately, feel I have developed a stronger bond with all mankind. I no longer turn away from things that are different. I try to understand and accept it. I have noticed I’m not so concerned with whether or not there is dust on the furniture, dog toys scattered around the house or laundry in the basket. It’s ok that everything isn’t in order all the time. I’m now giving myself a break and being kinder to myself. I am also focusing on helping others whenever possible. Helping others comes in so many shapes and forms. You might think sitting with someone and sharing conversation is a small event. You have no idea, this random act could make a world of difference for both of you. Opening your heart to someone might just be what both individuals needed. You don’t need acknowledgement or kudos for doing things for others. The warm feeling in your heart is the best affirmation. Our life is not dress rehearsal. Don’t wait to do what you think is important. My objective now is to be fully present in every situation. No regrets. To display a positive energy around everything I do.  To not dwell on the past but to make every moment from this point forward matter.It really felt therapeutic to write this if nothing else. Putting my thoughts down is something I needed to do. I hope I can inspire others to do the same. Debbie Giese
Words for Thought
Are you living your days waiting for it to be 5pm so you can leave work? Do you find yourself thinking about Friday to get through the week? Do you dread getting up each morning thinking about what lies ahead in your day? Do you look at yourself in the mirror and hate what you see? Do you feel lonely and reach for those cookies as comfort? Are you always feeling there is more that you should be doing with your life? Do you think to yourself “I’ll be happy when X” or “I’ll do what makes me happy when X”?Paulo Coelho unveiled our contradictions as human beings when he wrote: “We are in such a hurry to grow up, and then we long for our lost childhood. We make ourselves ill earning money, and then spend all our money on getting well again. We think so much about the future that we neglect the present, and thus experience neither the present nor the future. We live as if we were never going to die, and die as if we had never lived.”I know right? Gets you thinking… It seems like nowadays we’re always in a hurry, to be somewhere else or be someone else.. not experiencing the present moment because we’re too busy thinking about all the things we have to do and all that’s NOT right… wasting our energy denying and resisting facts instead of using that energy for positive change. It’s like nothing is enough for us anymore. And here’s the thing: when we’re always in a rush to get somewhere and be someone, the by-product is that WE ARE NEVER WHERE WE ACTUALLY ARE. Doesn’t that give you tremendous sadness? Knowing life is passing you by and you’re not actually LIVING? Knowing you’re in autopilot clicking your days by and not doing what makes you feel vibe inside?It took being faced with a major challenge for Debbie to realize she no longer wanted to wait to do what she thought was important and to be fully present in every situation.  Are you going to wait for a wakeup call like that to change how you are living? or are you ready to start opening your eyes today? It’s a beautiful life beautiful souls, let’s not waste it.Namaste,

Gabriela & The Stamina in Action Team

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