We all have obligations. Jobs. Bosses. Friends. Family. Bills. Dishes. A lot of those, we can’t ignore easily without consequence. If we don’t pay our bills, we don’t have water. If we don’t go to work, we don’t get paid. But what about those things that we can forget about for a minute? We are not promised tomorrow, and, while we need to make sure we are taking care of business and ourselves, there are some things that maybe we need to open our eyes to a bit more today.
Self: So many of us fail to take care of ourselves. We have so many others that need cared for, that we don’t take time for our own self-preservation. If you have ever flown on a commercial airline, you have heard that, in an event of loss of cabin pressure, oxygen masks will fall from a compartment above. If you are traveling with someone who needs assistance, you are to secure your mask first and then help your companion. Why is that? Because if you don’t take care of yourself first, you will be passed out and you won’t be able to help the other person. This goes for your everyday life as well. If you are not well (mentally, emotionally or physically) you can’t do your best in any aspect of your life. Your work and your relationships will suffer and you will begin to feel drained and unhappy.
Family/Friends: Often times, we can let work obligations get in the way of our most important relationships. Our family and friends sometimes get the leftovers of our energy. We take the stress, exhaustion, disappointment, and unhappiness out on the ones closest to us. If they are truly important to us, those relationships deserve the best of what we have. Make sure to spend quality time and let them know what they mean to you. It doesn’t take much time to send a text during the day just to say you’re thinking about them. Be sure to put them on your calendar just like a work appointment. Your niece’s piano recital is just as important to her as your top client’s emergency. It’s your choice to make priorities and not let the “unimportant” take their place.
Animals: Our pets are possibly the only living being that loves us unconditionally and is always happy to see us. How have we shown our appreciation? Spend time with your pets and do something special for them. Buy them a new toy or a special treat. Just sitting on the couch with them can restore your soul and make you both very happy.
Nature: The Universe has a way of showing her beauty if we are not blind to it. Get outside. Take a walk. Go to a botanical garden. You can clear your mind and de-stress on a lunch break if you turn off your electronic devices and sit in a park. Look around you. The flowers don’t worry about anything. Animals and critters are just living their best life – always. Open your mind to the beauty that surrounds you. At a very critical time in my life, I began seeing dragonflies. I hadn’t seen a dragonfly in years. Now I see them constantly. Lose yourself in nature for a while, breathe in some fresh air, and get a new perspective.
Not every day is a great day, but if you choose to see the positive instead of focus on the negative, today will be much brighter and you’ll be much happier tomorrow.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.