The 5 C’s: Purpose of This Blog:
We are given the opportunity to live from the moment we are born. The choice is then in our hands. How we live it, is our own responsibility. We can’t ignore the fact that money is a necessity in life. We do need it to survive. But we don’t need it to THRIVE. You can choose to let money control your well-being, or you can personalize your own style and adjust your life to your particular budget. When given the choice to dwell or live, choose life every time.
Sometimes it takes a little creativity to come up with things to do without spending a bunch of cash. Unleash your creative side. It may take a little brainstorming, or perhaps a visit to Pinterest or a some internet surfing to get creative inspiration for something to fill your time with, but it’s rewarding in the end when you spend a day being productive and having a little fun. Even if an idea seems dumb, go with it. What do you have to loose? Chances are, it’s a better idea than spending the day on the couch.
“Experiences make people happier than material goods.”
-Leaf Van Boven.
Be involved in your community. Take advantage of all the events and activities your community has to offer, because chances are there are more than enough to keep you busy. Pick up the free local magazines, newspapers, or visit your town’s website for upcoming events. Most towns have free summer concert series or weekly cultural events. Browse surrounding outdoor activities like hiking trails, lakes, parks and flower gardens. Simply get out and walk around the main part of town, and you’d be surprised how much fun you can have just by exploring. Once again, all of that sounds a heck of a lot better to me than the couch.
Change is always an option. Do not fear it. You can choose to fill your life with meaning, or you can choose the default, but you always have the option of changing factors in your life. If you feel you aren’t living the way you wish to, change it. You will never know your full potential until you embrace the fact that you first choose and then can change the way you live. It doesn’t take money to make a change, in fact change brings new opportunities.
“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
– Dalai Lama XIV
Build your character by taking chances and giving new opportunities a try. Do not be afraid to fail. Failure builds character. Opportunities bring new experiences, and new experiences shape the person you are now, as well as the person you will become in the future. Most opportunities that we get, don’t come in and out of our lives when we want them to. Take advantage of them now. If I regret anything in life, it’s passing up on opportunities because I was afraid.