Edward Bell is a young man dedicated to helping others discover and live their dreams. Even though he’s only 24 years old, he’s recognised a pattern that is paramount to success and achievement: Gratitude transforms lives. In this article he explores how we can live a vastly more inspired life in 7 simple thoughts per day. You can contact him at Edward@inspiredyouthacademy.com and see more about his mission to inspire young people to live their greatness at http://www.inspiredyouthacademy.com (website coming soon)
Sometimes, when life slows down, I get a chance to realise just how hectic my brain becomes – pulled in a thousand directions by thoughts of what I was supposed to do yesterday (and didn’t), what I’m doing right now, and where I want to end up (in 20 minutes to 20 years’ time). I think, “Man, where did all that time go and why don’t I ever stop and take a moment to see how far I HAVE come?” It’s so easy to lose sight of our achievements in life as they become dwarfed by the magnificence of our dreams.
I want to take this moment to reflect on the things that I do have in life, even some of the things that we ALL have in life and give thanks for what’s meaningful and real. As you read, take a moment to think of 7 things that you’re grateful for in your life. Trust me – it’s a worthwhile exercise that can birth many a moment of creativity, clarity and calm.
First of all I think about my mum. She knows this already, but she’s like a rock in my life; my go-to person and the one individual in the world to whom I would entrust fully, completely and without reservation, my life. She gives me courage when I’m in doubt and pause when I’m in a rush. She’s spent 24 years being my guide, mother, caretaker, support and the most important teacher a son could ask for. She’s taught me what it means to love – what it means to love myself for who I am, as I am. Thank you, Mum.
Next is my career and my bosses. I’ve not been in the workforce for very long, but I’ve had some amazing opportunities for growth and to experience some industries and positions that not many other people my age may ever get to experience. I’ve been yelled at, manipulated and altogether squeezed out of a company and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Each of those people has given me cause to be someone greater than I ever thought I could be – those people, those challenges are the very things without which I could not be who I am today. Today I have a job that I love, working with people who see a vision for me far greater than I had ever hoped could be possible for myself. And they push me to get there. Thank you to all of my colleagues and bosses, past and present.
Finally there’s God. It may not happen very often, but when I get to see how much beauty in life there really is, I wonder how it came to be. I see the work of something so great that I feel blessed to be a part of it – that in the first race for life, out of 20 million sperm, I was the one that made it. I was crafted and put here with a part to play in this glorious journey. I have the power to make a change, an indelible mark on the face of this planet and contribute to humanity in a way that NO ONE ELSE CAN. You know, the other 6 billion people may not know my name in every house for the next thousand years but they’re sure to be touched by the mark I leave. I’ve come to realise that every day is a gift, that I’m not here by accident an that there’s a greater meaning to my life than I’m sometimes willing to admit. Thank you to God for opening my eyes to these realisations.
To me, there’s nothing more profound than recognising the true beauty of the world that surrounds us. Being grateful for life and for the things that we have in our lives is like the missing puzzle piece that completes the picture. We see ourselves in context, give ourselves pause to appreciate who we are and how we fit in perfectly with every single other piece. After all, the life we lead is really only determined by the life we see ourselves leading; it’s up to us to decide whether that’s a life full of gratitude or a life full of unfulfilled desire.
Even though every day you’re distracted by 1001 different tasks, people and emotions that clamour for your attention, which life do you choose?
To find out more about how to live your inspired life, email Edward at Edward@inspiredyouthacademy.com