I read an anonymous quote the other day that said “You can’t fall if you don’t climb. But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.” I guess I’ve written a lot lately about taking life by the horns and living it to the fullest. Maybe it’s just a stage I’m going through or maybe in my mid-50’s, I’ve just finally figured some things out. 

When I was younger, it seemed as if life contained an endless supply of days, as if time and opportunities were unlimited. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to know that life is happening now and that now is all we are guaranteed. At some point, our health begins to decline a bit, we lose someone we love, or a tragedy rocks our world. Then we finally realize that now is a fairly limited commodity.

How do we live life to its fullest? I’ve made a list for myself and you can probably add a few of your own.

Be still: Quiet time helps to recharge our batteries and focus on the present moment.  

Don’t obsess over negative things in life. Instead, focus on things for which you are grateful. 

Get over a grudge. Staying mad harms you more than the one who triggered your anger.

Find fresh air. Make time to go outside during the day. Just 30 minutes in the sun or a lunchtime walk will lift your spirits.

Get a good night’s sleep. Sleep boosts your mood, improves your memory, and sharpens your focus.

Read a book. Take the time to sit and read. Learn something new or just go for pure escapism.

Unplug and go tech free. Turn off your cell phone, television, and computer for just a day. You might be surprised at how relaxed you feel without the noise and distraction.

Find a hobby. Spending time on an activity you enjoy makes you lose all sense of time and self. 

Schedule fun every day. Each morning, ask yourself what you can do today that will make it an amazing day. Make a list of simple pleasures and work a few into each day.

Wake up with yoga. Yoga stimulates muscles and adrenal glands, raising your energy levels, and also increases flexibility and relieves stress.

Stare at your great life and savor the positives. Place photos of friends and family in your office where you see them every day.

I’m not a fan of Miley Cyrus, but years ago I would hear one of her songs while flipping the radio dial and I hate to admit that I actually liked it just a little bit. It went something like this…

There's always gonna be another mountain, I'm always gonna wanna make it move, always gonna be an uphill battle, sometimes I'm gonna have to lose, ain't about how fast I get there, ain't about what's waitin' on the other side.....it's the climb.

We can stay on the ground or we can climb. I don’t know about you, but I’m lacing up my hiking boots.