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Recipe for happier living: examine your life today

By Staff
Sonya Rogers Education columnist
Plato once stated, "The life which is unexamined is not worth living."
When you examine yourself, are you happy with what you find? Do you agree with who you are and what your life represents or do you sometimes feel stressed and pulled in numerous different directions? Basically, do you sometimes feel lost amid the whirlwind of "life"? If so, can you blame 'losing yourself' on the realization that society has become so stimulating that you sometimes forget to relax and consider what is really important?
If you are constantly tired, stressed, emotionally flat, depressed, worried, and unhappy, you are ignoring the real you and may be just simply going through the motions of life. If you continue to do things which you profess to hate, then you are experiencing self-betrayal. You cannot live peaceably in concert with who you want to be; if you fail to do certain things which would make all the difference in what you expect to be. For example, if you fail to exercise, pursue a degree or occupation, confront problems in your marriage, find a hobby, or seek help from abuse; then you should expect to sell yourself short of what could make you much happier in this fast-paced world in which we live today.
Sometimes, by ignoring your authentic self, your entire system becomes so distressed that it literally shuts down. Making one's self happy means being true to yourself. Prioritize what will bring joy to your life. If you miss having God in your life, because your husband is not spiritual; then let him change. Life is not a dress rehearsal! It is real! Each day is vital to the next.
Show your family that you are real. Be proud of your interests, your sense of humor, and your values. Remember….your values are not necessarily your beliefs. Demonstrate to others how to live with peace, fulfillment, and joy. Think about it! When was the last time you really felt good?
The Bible states, "Love your neighbor as yourself." How can you be good to your neighbor, if you do not fully understand how to take care of yourself? God can give you wisdom, peace, and so much more, but you have to be willing to apply each to your life. Go ahead…examine your life today!!
Sonya Rogers is an independent columnist for the Atmore Advance and reports on educational issues. She may be reached by e-mail at newsroom@atmoreadvance.com