The need for inner alarms

By Lauren Estes-Velez

Hartselle Enquirer

I read a quote today that said, “I wish I had an alarm that would notify me whenever _____.”

I pondered for only a second because my brain went in several directions. There are many things I wish I had alarms for.

I wish I had one for every time I got overwhelmed – an inner alarm to tell me, “Lauren, get a grip, it’s OK.” Being overwhelmed can happen so quickly because I – maybe I should say “we” – often let ourselves build things up and carry baggage that we should just let go.

I wish I had an alarm for every time I start thinking or being negative. Negativity can lead and rule our lives if we let it. Instead of being trapped under a mindset that says things can’t have a positive outlook, I wish this alarm would always remind of the good things that have passed and the good things to come.

Lastly, I wish I had an alarm to remind me to live in the moment and enjoy every day. Sometimes, I get so caught up in life that I forget to live it. Is anyone else guilty of this?

Two of my favorite quotes that I will share come from two remarkable movies.

In “Shawshank Redemption,” Andy says, “I guess it comes down to a simple choice, really: Get busy living or get busy dying.” What a reminder to make each day a positive one and to make a mark with each step.

In “Tuck Everlasting” it’s said, “Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever; you just have to live.”

If I had inner alarms for each of these things, what a change I would make in the way I live – what a change we could all make.

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