When things go sideways in life, it’s easy to withdraw, to close off and isolate yourself. That’s the worst thing we can do. The best thing we can do is stick to the healthy habits we’ve, hopefully, already established.
For example, when life throws you a curve, continue you to do the following:
- Exercise regularly
- Eat a healthy diet
- Visit friends
- Attend Church
- Partake in hobbies and activities you enjoy
- Maintain your positive outlook
- Don’t let the bad circumstance change who you are
This last one is the most important.
I have been reminded of this in the past week, so I thought I’d pass it along to you. In addition, I encourage you to establish some good habits before you need them.
You choose the legacy you leave behind by the impact you have on people today. The impact your life has on others is what forms your legacy, and your legacy is being formed every day.
So, what kind of legacy are you in the process of leaving?
I had a significant family member pass away last week. Through all the emotion and events that followed, I have been thankful to have my wife, brother, sister, brother-in-law and sister-in-law to go through this tough time with. I’m grateful these relationships were firmly established when this major life event occurred.
Make sure your important relationships are established before you need them.
It’s easy to look at a situation and think we have all the facts necessary to make a snap judgement. Whether it’s a homeless person on the street with a sign asking for money, or certain behavior or opinion we don’t agree with, it amazes me how quickly we can go from observation to judgement, without realizing that there’s a story there.
No matter who you’re looking at, there is a story behind the person that brought them to where they are at that moment. This story could have been written over years or decades, or maybe even over a few minutes. These stories can be tragic or triumphant. They can be unbelievable or even quite ordinary. Peoples’ stories are as unique and varied as the people they are about.
The thing to remember, especially when we start feeling judgmental, is that we usually don’t know the whole story that shape the people we see. We think we do, but in reality, we are often just mentally filling in the blanks. That said, it reminds me that perhaps in place of judgement toward others, we would do better to offer grace and remember that we likely don’t know the whole story.