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Making the Most of Your Days

From the Colorado Dermatology Institute in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
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“When I wake up, I expect things to be good. If they’re not, then I try to set about trying to make them as good as I can ‘cause I know I’m gonna have to live that day anyway. So why not try to make the most of it if you can?”

– Dolly Parton

I sometimes think stories of people such as Oprah, Dolly, or Tony Robbins who came from very humble beginnings and became superstars can seem so “over the top” that instead of being inspired, some just shrug and think that they will never achieve that kind of success so why try? But instead of getting discouraged and giving up, try looking around at “real” people – maybe look at yourself – to find inspiration for what one really can accomplish if you care enough to not let anyone or anything get in your way. If you subtract wealth and fame and look at what “real” people have really accomplished, there are countless inspirational stories of success and examples of people doing whatever it took to achieve a goal to better themselves or those around them. Look at the teenage mother who against all odds finished school, maybe worked two jobs to make ends meet, refused to give up and take the easy way out and descend into the self-sabotage victimhood mentality and because of that, ultimately succeeded in building a good life for herself. That takes courage and grit. Or look at the man who made destructive choices early in life but who for whatever reason made the decision to turn his life around, not succumb to the easy way out of blaming everyone and society for his situation, took responsibility and accepted accountability for his actions, and grew to become a man deserving of our respect and serving as inspiration for others who are struggling.

The moral of all of this is that we don’t need to look far to find inspiration. In fact, we may not need to look any further than ourselves to recognize courage, commitment, integrity, and potential. All of us are a work in progress, none of us have all the answers, and “off” days and unfortunate/sad/stressful circumstances are a part of life. So it isn’t necessary that we are super heroes. As a line in a Brooks and Dunn song says: “I learned that happiness on earth ain’t just for high achievers.” We just need to keep our eyes on the horizon, remember who we are, what we want, that we are not powerless victims, and keep putting one foot in front of the other as we constantly move forward. After all, as Dolly says, we’re gonna have to live that day, and every day, anyway so why not make the most of it you can?

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