"I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see."- John Burroughs

A friend of mine Rachel Jacobs recently passed away in the train accident in Pennsylvania and its had me thinking lots about life and how we live it. We often get caught up in the little things that don't matter and fail to pay attention to the people and things that matter the most. We basically stop enjoying the journey.

You can change that. The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of everyday. It doesn't matter how old we are, what we've done, or how much money we have. Our journey is a personal one-full of lessons and reasons to be happy. When we stop comparing ourselves to others and realize how full our lives are, we can appreciate our individual value.

It's important to value the journey, wherever you are in life. Here are some ways to be satisfied-happy, even-with how things are unfolding:

  1. Show gratitude. Find something every single day that you're thankful for. Big or small, it all matters. Tell people how much you appreciate them.
  2. Be committed. Set your goals and stick with them. They made need some adjusting along the way, but you'll keep your eye on the prize.
  3. Cherish your friends. Be around people who love you, not your success. Nurture you relationships and be a true friend without judgment.
  4. Keep on learning. The world is changing rapidly. Whatever your interests, continue to follow them. Or, tackle something new!
  5. Don't multitask. Trying to do more than one thing at once causes burnout and keeps you from focusing on the present.
  6. Balance your life. Easier said than done, but essential. You can't enjoy your age and stage unless you can leave work behind sometimes.
  7. Make family first. Spend time with your family and kids. Go to games and performances. Nothing says I love you more than taking the time to be involved in their lives.
  8. Take time to travel. It opens your mind, makes you more tolerant, and helps you appreciate what you have at home.

Every phase of life has benefits. Make the most of where you are today and enjoy the journey because life is short.

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