What we should be saying more often to ourselves and the significant people in our lives.
At times it can be easy to assume that our every thought and emotion is known because of close friends knowing us for years or are family members. However, this isn't always the fact of the matter.
As life progresses (and we get older), we can experience hectic schedules and spend less time with people close to us. Despite this, we must begin to realize that although this happens, we must not forget to talk to those we revere with so much love and let them know that we are thinking of them.
Here are a few things that we should be saying more often to ourselves and the significant people in our lives.
Always appreciate and give thanks
If you begin to write down or verbalize what you are thankful for, it can allow you to see all the blessings you have received while also highlighting the many things to be grateful for in this life even when the going gets rough. Jotting down things in a journal or the notes app on the iPhone has not only helped me be in a better headspace. It allowed me to realize that things happen for a reason. The faster this is understood, the better off things will be.
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I wholeheartedly recognize that life as we know it right now may come with its challenges, but there is always a light at the end of the tunnel no matter what.
Take accountability and apologize
We are not always right, and we may say things that can offend someone. Understandably, apologies can still be challenging to accept and admit (even I struggle with it sometimes). To make it less challenging, take a step back to relax and look at the situation objectively. The key here is to recognize that there could have been something wrong. Life is way too short for pride to keep us from apologizing. Why not put the pride aside and live as stress-free as possible? There's no harm in that!
Express to loved ones how much they're loved
This may seem like an obvious thing to do, but it really can mean the world to someone if they hear this. Some people in the world have never been told that they are loved, which is heartbreaking.
There have been times in my life when I didn't get the chance to say goodbye to my loved ones that have passed on. It hurt to know that I wasn't able to be around them and let them know how much I care and love them. As a result, I always try to make it a point to visit my family as much as possible. When I can't, I'll communicate with them in our group text messages that we have when I'm away because you never know what each day will bring. The more this is implemented, the more ease we will feel with every aspect of life.
This post reflects the author's opinions.