“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss
As vacation season concludes and the school year begins, many struggle to let go of the memory of sweet, summer days. If you, too, are caught up mourning the completion of something wonderful - a vacation, a relationship, even a book - keep this Dr. Seuss quote in mind to encourage presence and positivity. For many of us, the simple facts are that endings are challenging, change is hard, and that both are completely inevitable at some point in this lifetime. So, how are we to combat this anxiety?
Step 1: Smile.
Positivity is key. Look back on the experience with happiness, joy and gratitude. Be thankful that the experience not only happened, but played a role in shaping where you are and who you are.
Step 2: Be present.
There's nothing worse than looking back on the past and wishing you would have been more present. How can you change this? Easy, start living in the present right at this very moment!
Step 3: Accept.
Accepting impermanence and enjoying moments fully aware that they shall pass is truly understanding the cycle of our existence. Only when we can accept that a certain time has passed can we be present, grateful and happy.