33 Reasons To Fiercely Embrace Life

New Zealand South Island

Jet lag and I have been at it again this week. I had been up most of the night but at 3:30am, I closed my book and decided to go to sleep. Reading always makes me sleepy and The Autobiography of a Yogi is about the spiritual path of Yoginanada through self-realization. The calm, relaxation-inducing kind of material to bring on the sleep. No such luck. Instead, my inner voice was loudly recounting the many reasons that make our lives so remarkable. How c ould I sleep anymore when no dream could surpass such intense reminder about daily bliss?

This post was written between the hours of 4am and 6am and it was a magical time of the night to write. My sincere wish is that it stirs a part of you to fiercely remember why you live a remarkable life and to hold on to those reasons when routine sets in and when clouds take over and to brighten your days with that reminder.

My 33 reasons to fiercely embrace life:

1. Freedom of expression, be it on the web or in a conversation. Use your freedom, enjoy it, revel in it but please don’t stupidly abuse it.

2. Being able to think for myself. Not ever taking this one for granted. Nor forgetting to put it to good use.

3. Holding my husband’s gaze for 5 seconds and filling up with overflowing love. If you love someone, let them gaze at you as long as they wish.

4. Knowing the depth of my mom’s care and compassion. Adore your mom and forgive the flaws, yours and hers.

5. Learning to forgive, even if it’s just learning in tiny baby steps. It has tremendous healing powers.

6. Touching on the outer edge of inner bliss when the 50th attempt at meditation takes me to that peaceful place if only for a few fleeting moments. Meditation teaches you patience before it rewards you.

7. Having my amazing mom around to remind me of all the basics that I beg her to stop repeating because I know. I’m not sure I do. Let your mom baby you. One day, you’ll return the favor.

8. Having access to affordable medical insurance and to caring nurses and doctors who do what few of us can imagine doing for a living. If you are one, thank you!

9. Getting wet eyelashes and a cold nose from the rain when I miscalculate the weather. Who needs a silly umbrella? Love Mother Nature. Love all of her.

10. Believing in the goodness of humanity. The alternative is too dark and the power of our beliefs too strong.

11. Being able to call my brothers for advice. Consult your siblings. They are one of the few people that have known you since your childhood and care deeply about you.

12. Feeling care over criticism when someone that loves me tells me I am wrong. Admit it when you are wrong, even if you do it silently to yourself.

13. The taste of delicious food. Never forgetting that it is a privilege to be able to eat, both to have food and a body that can enjoy it. Be thankful for your every meal.

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14. Seeing so much beauty in Mother Nature that it aches you. Absorb the immeasurable beauty around us. Feel the healing powers you can draw from it. Indulge in the remarkable fact that you are alive to witness it.

15. Sleepless nights and foggy days from jet lag. A sweet reminder about my fierce love for travel. Travel at any cost if your heart yearns for it. It rewards you handsomely.

16. The power of good manners that can turn a bad situation into a mediocre one at a minimum. Use your manners, for use they were learned!

17. The sound of the water, be it the sea, the ocean, the waterfall, the river, the lake or a tiny pond. It is nature’s music in every shape.

18. Owning a camera and creating memories on digital film to your heart’s content. Can you imagine living just a few decades earlier?

19. Our ability to fly. In airplanes. At 32,000 feet. Across oceans. Every day. For a very affordable price. Something Leornardo da Vinci would have given an arm and a leg for and instead, we mere average mortals get to experience his dream. It must be the worst timing of the universe. So I beg you, don’t let this miracle of flying go in vain.

20. The kindness of people in a foreign country. Even when they do not understand a word you say. Their desire to help. Heart-warming and unforgettable.

21. Literacy. Being able to read. Being able to consume information and having the ability to educate ourselves. Do not fill your mind with junk and garbage. It was made for better things.

22. The choice to turn a television and radio off and to choose your own stream of information and entertainment from millions of options before you. Thank you, Internet.

23. Technology. Being able to live and breathe in a technologically advanced world. It is the revolution of our century. Embrace it.

24. Breaks from technology. A return to basics to balance our gratitude in both worlds.

25. Immediate access to knowledge. Any minute of the day. Any knowledge your heart desires. Remember that knowledge is our light and the absence of it takes us back to the dark ages. Protect it.

26. Our ability to heal after a heart-break, a disappointment, and even after a grand failure. Acknowledge the pain but do not succumb to suffering.

27. Arriving in a new place. The moment of arrival when all anticipation comes to an end and excitement fills your heart. What adventures await you here, you wonder?

28. Laughing. Belly laughs especially. Believing in the therapeutic powers of laughter especially after crying.

29. Childhood friendships. The proof of undying love between two people who have parted ways and meet again in another chapter of life. Seek out your childhood friendships.

30. Music. The sound of music in every corner and facet of our world. From a street musician to hundreds of music channels and songs at your disposal, how lucky and blessed our ears and our hearts have been to be born into this age.

31. Loose-leaf tea. A Chinese tradition that has transformed my body and well-being. A taste and an aroma that leaves me wanting more even after a thousand cups. Much more than tea, it is meditation in a cup. It is worth giving up alcohol for. Come to think of it, just about anything is worth giving up alcohol for.

32. The gentle punishment from yoga when I’ve not done my practice. “Do your practice and all is coming” ~Sri Pattabhi Jois

33. Doing work that you love and can find meaningful at the end of your life. Or knowing – and believing – that no matter what, you have the option and understanding all your choices. If you want a helpful nudge with this one, come hither!

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Your turn: What is your number 34 reason to fiercely embrace life? Which of these resonated with you? And what do you feel compelled to share about your love of life? Share it in the comments and share this post with one friend in your life.

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  • http://ensojourney.com/ Alejandro Reyes

    This is a wonderful list Farnoosh! I can’t believe it has been written in a sleepless night.
    I’m particularly in love with number 17. water plays a very important part in my life. I believe one of the best things that we can learn is to adapt, just like water in a river, a pond, or just a glass.
    Listening to it sometimes unlock wonderful thoughts, and that’s why I always joke around the idea of solving problems in the shower. :)
    Thank you for this lovely post!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Water is beauty and calmness and a great teacher, Alejandro. Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful description of water and for stopping by. Great to see you.

    • http://blog.optinboxdesign.com Martin

      That is right. The list is quite interesting.

  • http://www.letloveshow.com Kim

    Being able to watch a sunrise-Not only is extremely beautiful, it is also a reminder that we have been blessed with another day to share our love for our family and friends and to help make this world a better place.

    Thank you for your beautiful message!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi Kim, a fantastic one to add. And for all the right reasons indeed. I don’t think we could count all the things that should make us embrace life. So many reasons around us. Thanks so much for stopping here and glad you enjoyed it.

  • http://theboldlife.com Tess The Bold Life

    Working on no.23. I tend to get frustrated too easily. I need to lean into it!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      We ALL get frustrated with technology, Tess, even the smartest ones among us do. Worry little and always seek help. Always someone willing to help and look at what you have built with your knowledge of technology. You KNOW what you are doing! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  • http://www.NeseretBemient.com Neseret

    Hi Farnoosh,

    What a wonderful list! One of my favorite is #21. I love books and reading. My books are my most cherished possessions. I’m thankful to be able to read. My number 34 would be living in a peaceful free country, and having clean drinking water.

    Peace, Love & Gratitude,

    Neseret

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi dearest Neseret, so lovely to see you here. And we are both avid readers then. I know what you mean with the treasures hidden in books. Thank you for adding one that I so very much relate to as well, being an immigrant. All my best to you in the new year and talk soon.

  • http://alwayswell.wordpress.com Sandra / Always Well Within

    Farnoosh,

    How inspiring and “basic” in one sense! I’m touched by how much you value family. How fortunate that you have such a caring family.

    As #34, I celebrate that such fabulous spiritual teachers are alive and sharing on this planet today.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Dear Sandra, your latest post had me reeling last night – I could not believe that incredible woman’s story. THANK You for sharing and for being here. Yes, I do adore my family – we have our “issues” but we always work through them. I am sure you are no less of a lover of family and well, the world in general with your big heart.

  • http://dlysen.com dlysen

    I love the mother nature too… It really absorb your worries and gives back more energy to live on. I like the way you quotes your reasons and it is very good to know.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      The more time with Mother Nature, the less time on the worry front. Glad you enjoy her too, Dylsen and thanks for stopping by.

  • http://Lifeskillstoday.biz stephen budd

    Great list and what a good idea. I agree all of us should make a list for ourselves. I felt better just reading yours. So I’m off to make my list. I personally liked the childhood friends and loose leaf tea (29,31). They are so different yet both evoke strong emotions. Thanks

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Ah we have the sentimental one (childhood friends) and the important one (tea) in common. Fabulous. Thanks for sharing, dear Stephen and good to see you here.

  • Rebekah

    “And to keep loyalties young, I’ll write those names
    Golden for ever, eagles, crying flames,
    And set them as a banner, that men may know,
    To dare the generations, burn, and blow
    Out on the wind of Time, shining and streaming… .” — Rupert Brooke

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Exquisite. Made my day, plus the goosebumps. Thank you dearest Rebekah and lovely to see you here. May the upcoming weeks be filled with adventure and fun for you!

  • http://www.workingmomjournal.com Blessing @ Working Mom Journal

    I really love that you motivate people to travel. As a Nigerian who have lived in Nigeria, London and the U.S, I completely agree. Farnoosh, will you let me in on how to travel cheap? I have been doing a lot of travel myself, very expensive if you ask me. My husband thinks they are fair price. We want to spend some time in Europe and Asia next year, but I am scared to death by the prices of airfare and hotel.

    I really love your tips on gazing on our loved ones. I do that so much with my daughter, unfortunately not so much with my husband. Too busy? I think I will focus on that as well.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      You know, I used to think the same about travel – too expensive, not worth it – even though my heart was just yearning to go and I was earning a lot of money at my previous job and my hubby’s income was great too. I did not think it was worth all the costs. Well, that was the old me. Now, not only do I believe it’s worth it but we have become pro travelers and have found a lot of ways to travel to Europe, Asia, North America and the South Pacific in a very smart way. If you want my secrets, I spilled them all here in April: Travel Guide. You can get sample chapters to download too as you can see. Best of luck and thanks so much for your comment, Working Fabulous Mom! :)

      • http://www.workingmomjournal.com Blessing @ Working Mom Journal

        I certainly will check out the travel guide. Thanks.

  • Karen welsh

    Thanks again for sharing this. I shall set about my list. The thing that came to my mind as I read your list was mindfulness, and gratitude. Being in the here and now and being grateful for that moment.
    K

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      I cannot wait to see your list, dearest Karen. And indeed, mindfulness & gratitude are a combination that will get us through any day! Thanks for dropping by.

  • http://http//nochnoch.com Noch Noch | be me. be natural.

    Hi Farnoosh

    I love the one about gazing into your loved one’s eyes. I gaze at my husband and just giggle :)

    Noch Noch

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Heart-warming, Noch-Noch. Just love it!!!

  • http://blog.optinboxdesign.com Martin

    Hey Fanoosh! On a lighter note, so you mean to say you stayed up all night? Don’t allow IM to send you to early grave. On a serious note, I give you thumbs up for coming up with 33 reasons. All those reasons are also solid and I am also glad that I have those reasons and more to embrace life. Thanks for the post.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      It’s been an erratic few weeks sleep-wise. Jet lag upon jet lag and now juice fast. But I do sleep when sleep comes to me, not to worry and thanks for your concern, dear Martin. You are so sweet and thoughtful.

  • http://www.hang-in-there.com Vic

    Hi Farnoosh,

    I think number 5 stuck with me the most. I think learning how to forgive is one of the best self improvement qualities you can learn. Forgiveness gives you as a person so much strength! And it give the other person what they really deserve, which is not to be judged by you. .

    I think number 34 can be: If you embrace life, it will embrace you back.

    Peace!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      That’s one of the hard ones too, Vic, learning how to forgive. It IS powerful and extremely self-healing. Thank you for the beautiful #34!!

  • http://www.hitenvyas.com/blog Hiten Vyas

    I definitely look for the goodness in humanity. Every person has good in them. With some you just need to look deeper into them beyond the exterior they portray to the world. Even those people who do actions which are hard for people to accept, are trying to achieve something good for themselves. Although in such cases they need to discover better ways to achieve their outcomes.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      That’s a beautiful place to come from Hiten. It is really powerful to look at people that way and I bet you see the world through a much better lens than others. I really like it. Thank you so much for your amazing answer.

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