How to Live Your Best Life

ISH in the SunI’ve had a lot of experience in this area. I’ve gone about it the wrong way, several times, and I believe that I have finally gotten it right. Coming from my background, I thought that physically moving away from the area and the people would automatically launch me into a better place. Physically, it did. I was able to start fresh, find myself, and build relationships off of my personality and interests, rather than be judged by who my family is and what they represent. Mentally, emotionally and spiritually, however, my life didn’t change for the better. Things actually got worse before they ever turned around. I held onto everything that had ever happened in my life, and I allowed those experiences to harden my heart and make me resentful toward the people who were involved in my pain.

It wasn’t until 2011 that I really got interested in healing from my past. I pushed forward as much as I could, thinking that if I could just become successful at what I’ve always loved, I would be able to look back at those people from my past and let it all go. I had a very spiteful mindset, and that wasn’t contributing to my healing at all. I started working on my spiritual life first. I asked God to help me through a lot of issues that I had, and he absolutely did just that. He changed my heart and my mind on a lot of things, and he showed me who I really was on the inside. I didn’t like it at all, but I understood that I was going through a transitional period. I needed to see who I was, so that I could completely appreciate who I was working toward becoming.

Now, in 2014, I have forgiven people, and I have moved forward in a positive manner. I have a new heart and my thought life is more positive. I have also come to believe that when you deal with your inner issues, it shows on the outside as well. Since I have a better handle on my emotional and spiritual life, I have started to treat my body a lot better. In order to live your best life, I believe that you should involve God. Allow him to do the things that you can’t, and watch your life transform. Work on your spiritual life first, and the emotional and physical parts will be enhanced as well.

Don’t worry about losing friends or making others angry, as a result of working on yourself. A lot of times, when you change, people want to continue to hold on to who you used to be to make themselves feel better, but you keep moving forward. Once you do your work, allow others to be who they are and deal with their issues on their own. Below is a list of five ways to begin living your best life.

  1. Forgive. Forgiveness is a major key in freeing yourself and beginning to live a healthier lifestyle. When you choose to forgive, the bulk of the work is done. You don’t need an apology or an explanation from anyone. You just need to be willing to forgive, and you’re on the right track. 
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Seek the counsel of a spiritual leader or a professional who can assist you in working out your emotional issues and learning to live a healthier lifestyle.
  3. Be patient with yourself. Give yourself time to grow. Don’t think that you can decide to change a bunch of things all at once and instantly be successful. Inner change is similar to losing weight. It takes time, effort, and a lot of chances to get it right.
  4. Continue to pray throughout your journey. God tells us to pray without ceasing, and it is important to hold onto this piece of advice, because we can go through a lot of unnecessary struggle and trouble if we forget to pray about everything and try to handle things on our own.
  5. Remember the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have done unto you. We are so lenient when it comes to ourselves. We believe that we should get 2nd, 3rd, and 4th chances, so we should be willing to extend that same leniency to others. We all are an extension of each other, and whatever you do to someone else, you can rest assured that it will be done to you. 

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