Sunday, November 25, 2012

"Live Life to Its Fullest"

We've all heard the phrase from someone that they are, or that you should, 'live life to its fullest.'  It's such an old phrase that it's more worn out than it should be, leaving me to wonder why someone didn't live life to its fullest and come up with something better than that to say?

And, why?  Well, a few reasons, especially when I see it listed as a statement rather than a description of what someone is doing.  For example, of someone posts, "Living life to its fullest" then we get that they are indeed living life to its fullest themselves.  In that case, way to go and be doing your thing!  But, someone may post "live life to its fullest" that someone else should take their advice and do it--it's no longer a statement but a command. 

And it is a good command.

Walt Disney once said, "I can't believe there are any heights that can't be reached by man who knows the secret of making dreams come true."  Similarly, from his camp, Jiminy Cricket sang, "When you wish upon a star," while Kermit the Frog (nowadays a part of the Disney family) said that "someday we'll find it, the rainbow connection, the lovers, the dreamers and me."  All because someone chose to live life to its fullest--they made a plan, set a goal, and chased that dream to make it a reality.

So, what does this mean to us?  Well, in anything we do we should maintain a goal that we have set and work at it to make it happen.  Sometimes, that plan stands for whatever work or classes you're doing -- do the best you can, strive to do the greatest possible work you can do, make others around you feel inspired and positive so they will do it as well, and set your goal to create an atmosphere with your work that is enjoyable, inspiring, and successful (because, it will be successful the more positive that atmosphere is).

When it comes to your work, make your work fantastic!  Keep an attitude about yourself that lets folks know you're proud of what you do and where you are--if you're waiting cars at the fast food joint or stocking rolls at the grocery store or president of the largest company in the world: your attitude is what makes you a success!  If you're happy, the staff is happy; if the staff is happy, you're successful.  And who doesn't like being successful? 

And as far as your dreams, the atmosphere you create for yourself in your work can be brought home to your dreams.  If you have a negative, defeated attitude others will pick up on that and not follow you (the world is negative enough without folks feeling that you are negative about what you are doing).  Don't let things stand in your way!  Do what you need to do to make it happen, be proud of what you're doing and do it the greatest way you possibly can.  Jim Henson once said something to the effect of "there is nothing holding you back but you."  Don't let a defeatest attitude hold you back!  Chin up, chest out, you have done the best work you can do and now push it forward for the world to see.

To me, living life to its fullest comes with the terrain of doing the very best you can in your work, in your hobbies, in your life with friends and family.  You can lay down without a plan or a goal to let things fall into place and achieve nothing; or, you can set those goals for yourself and acheive greatness.

For you, and from my heart, I'm willing to bet on greatness for you.  You're a fantastic person and you deserve the best.  And the best will be yours because you will live life to its fullest!


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