Make Life Beautiful
Today, making life beautiful is top of mind.
June 11th is National Making Life Beautiful Day. If you follow the blog in any capacity, you know that we are all about honoring every reason possible to celebrate. There truly couldn't be a more fitting day for us to observe, because it boils down to the idea of perspective, which is something we touch on often. Perspective in the way of reframing situations and changing internal narratives into helpful ones (instead of hurtful ones). We also garner the strength of perspective through hearing first-hand about other's adversities, and ways they have overcome them (and then some). In this blog, we aim to change your perspective by tuning into the present. We hope the ideas and content we call attention to here can help you to set the intention of making life beautiful today. We'll be joining you.
"There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so."
Start the day with gratitude
Pick 5 things you're grateful for every morning. Make sure they're not the same things every day. Find new reasons to be thankful, and you will quickly notice the abundance of good in your life. If you need a little help getting started, check out this and other videos here!
romanticise your life
Our friend Dana Najib, social media manager for the American Diabetes Association knows a thing or two about this. While she does wonderful diabetes advocacy work for the association, her personal social media presence is not one to ignore either. Wearing her heart on her sleeve online in an effort to create a safe space for her community, she also gives insight into the tender, intimate, and what some might even consider mundane moments of life. Her monthly recap reels showing flickers of her days throughout the month will have you inspired by your own day-to-day moments (and growth) as well.
Make lemonade out of diabetes
Writer Omar Itani does a wonderful piece on Mind Cafe that takes beautiful Rumi quotes and applies them to his life. Take a look at our favorite part, below.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
"On May 19th, 2017, I had a bike accident and blacked out on the street. It was bad; I ended up spending the rest of the summer recovering from surgery. But that accident — that wound — transformed me. Light is defined as “the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.” Through that accident, light entered to show me things I was blind to. It taught me to slow life down and appreciate what I have. It opened my eyes to the abundance in my life and I became a grateful person who set out on a deeper path of self-discovery.
Light makes things visible, and a wound is a place where the light enters you. We all experience pain, sorrow, and misfortunate in life; no road is free from bumps. The key is to not fall blind in the moment’s darkness and dwell in self-pity but to allow the light to enter you and show you all that you cannot see."
No matter what your wounds in this life are, physical or spiritual--we hope you can always see the light that enters you through them.