More Life to My Years
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” Abraham Lincoln
This past weekend I visited my Grandma Dorothy. She is 94, lives in San Diego, and has become one of my favorite friends. When I asked her about the secret to living a long and happy life, can you guess her response? Heath Bar Ice Cream. Yep. Now you can see why I love her so much.
One of the reasons I try and visit Grandma each year is because she reminds me how much I, too, want to live a long and happy life… and I’m planning to live to at least 100 years old. Why not?
Since I know that happiness and healthiness go hand-in-hand, I’m reminded that living a happy life is living a healthy life. Each time I return from a visit with Grandma, I have a renewed sense of optimism about my health. I am reminded about how important it is to support and nurture the natural balance that’s already within me.
When I published my first book, 21 Days to Better Balance, I outlined a three-step process which helps me to return to that naturally-balanced state more often: Awareness, Alignment, and Activation. These guiding steps are reminders that balance returns to me when I pay attention to my choices. This, in turn, affects all areas of my life: my job, relationships, and personal experiences.
Here’s quick review from the book, along with the accompanying themes:
- Awareness: Our powerful consciousness is absorbing and processing everything in our environment—sights, sounds, and smells—whether we realize it or not. In order to find better balance in our lives, we must first become aware of the factors that influence our balance. Themes: Thoughts, Feelings, Intuition, Frequency, Fear, Time, Flow
- Alignment: Alignment happens both on the inside and outside of us. Alignment means that our thoughts, beliefs, and intentions are aligned with our deepest truths. Internally, this means that we strive to be conscious of our thoughts, feelings, and intuition so that our behaviors reflect our true values. Externally, this means that over time, we bring our attitudes, actions, and words closer to our fundamental beliefs. Themes: The Body, Relationships, Silence, Truth, Intention, Purpose, Abundance
- Activation: Activation puts theory into practice and ideas into motion. Without activation, good ideas are only ideas. Activation is the key to implementation and the third step to finding better balance. Themes: Choice, Boundaries, Perspective, Focus, Empathy, Allowing, Gratitude
By revisiting these steps on a regular basis, I tend to find myself in a better state of balance and harmony more often. And each time I visit Grandma, I am reminded how important it is to keep myself happy and healthy as I add “more life to my years”.
Now let’s go have a bowl of that awesome ice cream!
To Our Better Balance,
Michael Thomas Sunnarborg
Michael Thomas Sunnarborg is a professional speaker, best-selling author, and life transition coach. His passion is to help people reclaim their power of choice and find better balance in their work, relationships, and life. You can follow Michael on Facebook and Twitter, or find out more at michaelsunnarborg.com.
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