Appreciation of Life and Ourselves

Have you ever stopped to really appreciate yourself, your life, and everything around you?

I thought I had been appreciative, that is until I had a recent health scare that made me realise that there was still so much in life that I took for granted – things that I just accepted as a normal part of my day, without stopping to truly appreciate how amazing my life really is.

Lying in bed at night in the silence of the darkness, with the glimmer of the moon lighting up my home with just enough light to make out what surrounded me, I observed the simple things, like hearing the crickets, and the sound of our children rolling over in their bed via the monitor next to my own. Sounds that had become a normal part of my day and night, but sounds that I realised were not always going to be there; ones that I may not always be here to hear.

There was a sadness that overwhelmed me, a feeling that I was not yet ready to leave this world, that I still had so much to do.

It was then that I realised I was living with regret, a feeling that deep down I knew how to live in the fullness of who I am but thinking there was no rush, that I had plenty of time to do so later.

But why wait – why not just get on with it and live the love that I am now, instead of waiting any longer?

So once again a health scare has caused me to stop and appreciate on a deeper level how amazingly blessed I am in life, with an amazing family, children, partner, and friends. Why is it that it takes the possibility of dying to truly bring me to a stop?

Why is it that we wait until we may lose something that is precious to us to stop and really appreciate it? Why is it we do not make the choice to live each and every moment in absolute appreciation of everything that we are?

I knew all of this, the questions were not new, I had asked myself these before. So why is it I still choose to hold back?

After my few days of pondering, I came to realise that it is not just dying I am afraid of: it is the fact that I have not truly lived all of me, and the sadness was from the regret of holding back and having not lived in and from the absolute glory that I am.

I realised that I can now make the choice to live me in each and every moment, re-connecting to my body and making choices from there, without fear of what others may think or perceive, and no longer shying away from potential jealousy.

When I pass over, no matter when that may be, I want it to be with no regrets, but with the appreciation and love of a true life lived in the fullness of who I am.

A life that has been blessed by so many and so much, with the ongoing love, support and reflections from Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, a man with the utmost love, patience and understanding; a man without whom I know I would not have these moments in life that allow me to go deeper in my connection to myself, to then be able to continue appreciating how amazing life truly is.

by Nicole Serafin, Woman, wife, mother, hairdresser, Tintenbar, NSW.

Further Reading:
What Is The Science of Appreciation, and How Does It Evolve All of Our Relationships?
Appreciation – A Pathway To Love.
Appreciation, Appreciation, Appreciation….

1,047 thoughts on “Appreciation of Life and Ourselves

  1. Thank you Nicole. It is clear you have chosen to evolve and bring more joy to your life while experiencing something that would cause many people to despair. Your blog reminds me that I am infinitely blessed and have a responsibility to bring all of me to all I do.

  2. “Why is it we do not make the choice to live each and every moment in absolute appreciation of everything that we are?” This line made me really stop this morning and made me to make time to ponder on how this is for me. Do I live with regret of not living my life in my full potential while I am choosing for a comfortable life instead. I can now feel that this is true and that I know how to change by just following my inner impulses. But at the other hand I can also feel that there is a tendency in me that tries to find ways to avoid going there, to fully live to my inner impulses and to let go my control over life, which is in fact an illusion as that is proven to me many times in my life. While I have this experience of these facts and have that clear inner feeling that I do know my potential, what is then holding me back from just to start living and expressing the magnitude and the potential I have in me? I will sit with this question for some time today and allow the magic of God to guide me back to live the divine being I know I am.

  3. Living our true potential is indeed a big topic. I can feel there is this ‘package’ in me that is really powerful, but I am not living that energy now till recently. It is the ‘package’ of the future Willem. So I have decided not to live where I am today but to live what I will be in the near future. Today.

  4. We do not have the luxury of time to indulge in holding back with the state of the world as it is, but still this can creep in, we are responsible for humanity, responsible to be ourself in our fullness, ‘I was living with regret, a feeling that deep down I knew how to live in the fullness of who I am but thinking there was no rush, that I had plenty of time to do so later.’

  5. It is deeply poignant to visit this blog Nicole. A ‘health scare’ is no small thing in one’s life. The fact that you’ve asked yourself if you are truly living (all of you), or holding back on all that you are, holding back on bringing ‘you’ to life in all its aspects, has clearly offered the deepest realisations. This is to me, the mark of a deeply wise being. Honouring in full here, your choice to go deeper.

  6. Nicole, when I read these words “…Serge Benhayon, a man with the utmost love, patience and understanding…” my own heart burst open with the deepest love for this man. Being held in his magnificent love, that sees all that I am – the glory I am capable of living, and all that may hold me back from this also, without a skerrick of judgement or expectation – is the greatest blessing I have ever known.
    Such love calls one to be and live all that they are, or rather, get in touch with the actual call and depth of love that has been awaiting within all along…

  7. I feel like the word appreciation is used when someone is talking about gratitude or thankfulness. Appreciation seems to be a whole other ball game – a science and language that is indeed natural to each of us yet we have moved very far away from the activity and expression of it in life.

  8. ‘I realised that I can now make the choice to live me in each and every moment, re-connecting to my body and making choices from there, without fear of what others may think or perceive, and no longer shying away from potential jealousy.’ – Here here Nicole! Holding our selves back out of fear of jealousy or not wanting to make people feel uncomfortable is actually hurting ourselves more in the long run and people that do not receive the option to be inspired by or feel what it is they may or may not be living. Everyone misses out!

    1. Often I find I’ll hold back and not be all of me because I’ll have an idea in my head – a fear – about how I think another will react and respond. But more often than not, I find that the other person actually appreciates it when I don’t hold back and when I bring all of me. They can feel when I’m not being me – and me being me allows them to be them, and our conversations and relationship become more truthful and real.

  9. I didn’t know what appreciation really was until it was presented by Serge Benhayon. I didn’t have any appreciation for myself and what I bring to the world, let alone for anyone else, and hence why I was quite critical of myself and others. Feeling the appreciation that I do now for me, means I don’t criticise other people – that is huge and right now I’m appreciating that. I’m appreciating that I no longer criticise myself and other people. That really is huge.

  10. “…with the ongoing love, support and reflections from Universal Medicine and Serge Benhayon, a man with the utmost love, patience and understanding…” – thank god for Serge Benhayon. He never stops living by example a loving way that is possible for every single person.

  11. It is true that we can live our life, the miracles of many moments in succession, as we cycle around and around and around and fail to truly appreciate all that is before us and within us for we have not deeply cherished or appreciated ourselves in the first instance.

  12. This is a deeply inspiring blog. Why wait until we have stops, scares and regrets to appreciate our Godliness, and the exquisite preciousness of all that is.

  13. Living with no regrets, living all of me without fear, how gorgeous this would be. Appreciation for each moment and ourselves in each moment is beautiful. When we deeply appreciate ourselves we can appreciate others. When we are full of appreciation, how can we regret?

  14. I agree appreciation is something that can be explored more, it is a great tool to give us a solid foundation to build our life on.

  15. Appreciation allows me to shine, it makes me feel my beauty and it brings joy into my heart – it brings the magic back into my life.

  16. Nicole, I keep finding your blogs and feel the divine gift you give us with each and every one of them. This one meant that in the middle of a busy space I could sink into my seat and hear my breath, I felt my bottom on the soft chair and my feet in my shoes on the floor. Seems normal right? I thought so too, so why did it feel new to me to feel them?! I realise we leave this sensory way of being in the world and get consumed by the noise in our head or around us. Quite a revelation for me.

  17. I had to come back to this again today, “it is not just dying I am afraid of: it is the fact that I have not truly lived all of me”. To go before there is time to rectify that is so hard, so no waiting, just be you…amazing you.

  18. Nicole thank you for the reminder about appreciating ourselves and our life, there are many things to deeply appreciate and when we do it builds our connection with ourselves and our confidence too.

  19. I have found the more I appreciate myself, the more confident I feel about myself which has allowed me to appreciate others much more and really enjoy what each of us bring to the world, because we all bring something different.

  20. This is an example of true medicine in action – that is receiving the health treatment but also reviewing and changing the way we live as every illness is highlighting an area of life we have not lived our full selves in.

  21. This morning I felt how life can be abundant for us all, look at nature, there is no holding back in any tree, or plant, waterfall etc. God’s magic is in all of us. While I am writing sitting outside in the sunshine a butterfly brings its message to tell me how easy being me is.

  22. Developing true appreciation in our everyday requires us to pay attention to the details and realise that every moment counts and that every day can be a new beginning to learn and grow our qualities and inspire others to do the same.

  23. I think you have nailed it Nicole, we all feel that there is no rush to live the fullness of who we really are, because we will have plenty of time to do so later, when we are ready! That’s why we need the health scare to wake us up and make us realise that later will never come unless we start making changes. Living our fullness means evolving and so takes working at, it cannot happen without our participation.

  24. This is so true Nicole. Why do we hold back on the amazingness we all are? We should be celebrating and appreciating all that we are and have in this life. I know for me growing up and I assume for most people that appreciation of oneself was unheard of and was frowned upon. There was a saying “you will get a big head” if you were to think or say anything great about yourself. No wonder people find appreciation of oneself a difficulty one to tackle. In a way if we aren’t appreciating ourselves first and then others we are being dismissive of those beautiful qualities that are forever present within us waiting to be activated.

  25. Awesome reminder that we don’t have all the time in the world – time to get on with living in the absolute fullness and appreciation of who we are. To wait until we’re feeling amazing 100% of the time, with every aspect of our lives totally sorted, is to delay our own lives and growth – because living with maximum joy, and appreciating and celebrating all that we already are now, is what it’s about, not total perfection.

  26. It is humbling to read your story of the discovery of true appreciation. We fear having lived a life without evolution.

  27. I woke up this morning from a dream that showed me that I was living in regret and guilt. It’s not that I think about them all the time, but your sharing makes me question – so am I making a different choices now? And I realise how I keep my past as something I can indulge in every now and sometimes even take it out and use as the ‘obstacles’ as to why I cannot/would not live the love that I am in full.

  28. I can very much relate to the sadness that can creep in from time to time. I too have been pondering on the sadness and for me it sometimes felt like grief. It would occur at certain times eg.when the children would go back to school after having a holiday or when thoughts of my children getting older and going to high school entered my mind. The sadness and grief was showing me I had been missing me in the choices I was making in not honouring all of me and the grandness of who I am.

  29. Thank you for this Nicole – it is precisely what I needed to read this morning. How important it is that we appreciate the livingness of life every day.

  30. Living life from the connection with our bodies – when we live life from there, instead of from our heads and what we think we should do or how we think we should be, it’s so much simpler. The stronger our connection to our body and what we’re feeling, the easier it is to live life from there and not be swayed by things outside of us, that we might otherwise use as excuses to hold back and not live as all of ourselves – the fear of perceived reactions from others, etc. Connecting to our bodies, and honouring what they’re feeling, builds a trust with that connection – and when we start listening, the body shares more with us.

  31. There is so much we can appreciate in life – there is also so much to appreciate about ourselves. I have been waking recently feeling how lovely it is to wake as me. Then getting up and remaining in this appreciation as I walk, feels quite incredible. I don’t think we can ever appreciate appreciation enough!!

  32. Through appreciation what I already am I have learned that I am so much more than I told myself in the past from the lack of self worth I held.

  33. Appreciation flows from inner self worth that is unshakeable. These past few months I’ve noted a change in me: from my former ‘small’ sense of self, to the beautiful woman I now feel and appreciate. In the company of friends and associates I once looked up to, I now stand with them as an equal by simply being myself. There is great joy in being able to appreciate how far I’ve come.

  34. Nicole I appreciate you sharing this with us, as yes we usually do wait until something happens to us or those close to us to appreciate what we have but as you have said here ‘why wait?’ – it makes me realise how we take a lot for granted when we could be appreciating – and by appreciating it confirms where we are and then allows us to go deeper. Thats very cool and something we can do at any moment.

  35. What a stellar line ” why not just get on with it and live the love that I am now,” There is no answer to this, unless we want to choose comfort and delay.

  36. Dear Nicole, what you have said is so true: ”When I pass over, no matter when that may be, I want it to be with no regrets, but with the appreciation and love of a true life lived in the fullness of who I am.”
    We have no reasons to wait. Just choose to walk life in movement of appreciation (repose) and action (motion) – which offers us a constant balance and evolution every day.

  37. “Why is it we do not make the choice to live each and every moment in absolute appreciation of everything that we are?” This is a really good question for me Nicole. I ponder on this and find that I have a fear of losing it all, that it will be taken away from me. So to avoid that feeling of loss I don’t fully commit, just in case it ‘is’ all taken away from me. However, to live this half life feels so unfulfilling. I am reminded of that saying, “better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all”, something like that. I makes sense to fully appreciate and fully embrace and to stop looking for the pitfalls and simply continue to appreciate the peaks.In fact to appreciate it all, as part of growing, revealing, evolving.

  38. “When I pass over, no matter when that may be, I want it to be with no regrets, but with the appreciation and love of a true life lived in the fullness of who I am.” – sounds like a beautiful passing over, one that will truly end this life cycle rather than hold onto it.

  39. Thank you, Nicole, for this reminder. True, I take so much for granted. I am being given so much, yet somehow I manage to feel at times there’s something to complain about, something is lacking. And what I am finding is that not appreciating where I am at is actually a big stopper for what is next to come forward.

  40. I read this in our garden, enjoying the playful sound of the wind in the trees, the water trickling down a wall and children playing next door. Sounds that remind me to be still enough to hear them, to feel their joy. I am aware of nature talking to a stillness in me that is all too easy to bulldoze over and I am truly appreciating the reminder.

  41. Building appreciation into our life allows an ever deepening connection to ourselves and others and a clarity and awareness of how life can truly be lived.

  42. Appreciation is a fundamental tool for our foundation of living. It not only holds the glue of our expression together but it expands our hearts and frees the way for us to evolve. The more appreciation we have for ourselves and others the greater the depth of our connection too.

  43. When we don’t appreciate our life and all that is in there we say no to evolving and we stop being the inspiration that we are for others to shine and feel the divinity we come from and return to. I have never ‘learned’ to appreciate myself and all that surrounds me but took everything for granted, this has lead me nowhere. The more I feel how natural it truly is to appreciate the more I feel me and my responsibility to not hold back my light in anyway.

  44. “But why wait – why not just get on with it and live the love that I am now, instead of waiting any longer?” Thank you Nicole, this blog feels like a wake up call. It would be tragic to live a life without ever expressing all that I am.

  45. Passing over is going to be such a joy for me as I appreciate the life I am living in comparison to where I used to be before attending Universal Medicine events that are presented by Serge Benhayon.

  46. Hello Nicole and this is true for how I feel and think. So often we walk around doing so much and not simply appreciating the simple things that are there. This things whether it be the warmth of the sun, the song of a bird, the smell of summer, the laugh of children playing, a clean car etc are things that are there consistently for us to see and be a part of. We often get caught in life and not standing and appreciating all we see. Like you are saying we get to the end of life or anything and there is regret, but why is that feeling there and what does it bring to us? Again as you are saying and I agree, the living how you naturally are and living full is a big part of this regret. Instead of spending to much time wondering about this we should start living full, living how you would love it to be and then this is what is there for everyone, including you. Why regret and live anything less, thank you Nicole.

  47. I am starting to see more and more that we don’t have to wait for a ‘wake-up’ call to smell the roses, that we can learn to appreciate and confirm what is around us – and within us – each day. It does take commitment to do that though as it is quite ingrained in us to focus on what we dont have and not the abundance that is us.

  48. ‘When I pass over, no matter when that may be, I want it to be with no regrets, but with the appreciation and love of a true life lived in the fullness of who I am.’ – this is beautiful to read – that you are taking responsibility in the way you pass over and how you know the importance of living life as who you are. Sometimes we can ‘give up’ on life as we get much older, but what if we lived until our last breath.

  49. Since attending Universal Medicine courses I have learnt to appreciate myself more and all that is around me. I used to find appreciating myself really hard but over time I am surrendering to my own love.

  50. “I came to realise that it is not just dying I am afraid of: it is the fact that I have not truly lived all of me, and the sadness was from the regret of holding back and having not lived in and from the absolute glory that I am.” Thank you Nicole for sharing your inspiration to live, now, the absolute glory that we are.

  51. Through the teachings of Serge Benhayon and The Ageless Wisdom I am learning to deepen my appreciation of myself, others and the knowing that everything is energy and a result of energy.

  52. Well said Nicole, ‘I realised that I can now make the choice to live me in each and every moment, re-connecting to my body and making choices from there, without fear of what others may think or perceive, and no longer shying away from potential jealousy.’ Universal Medicine has brought us so much yet I know I have still continued to hold back just in case. But there really is no reason not to live the love and amazingness we are and boy oh boy do we have a lot of love and support around us.

  53. I think you have nailed it Nicole. We all know we are the son of God or God’s children if you prefer, deep down, we all know we are divine but we all run away from this knowing because we have settled for less a long time ago and we signed up to and committed to this less. God has patiently allowed our indulgences and given us time to find our way back to who we are but we have stubbornly clung on to the separation from him, but now things have changed and we are all being called gently and lovingly back. Choosing appreciation in every moment and choosing to live from our fullness helps us on the path of return.

  54. “Have you ever stopped to really appreciate yourself?” I can genuinely say no; surface appreciation yes, and I am becoming aware of how much people and things change around me – not by me doing anything, just by me being there and loving life. But I genuinely have not ever stopped or don’t allow myself to really deeply appreciate myself – I thought I did or was ‘getting there’ – another faux pas so to speak, as in thinking I am getting there I am already starting from a place where I think ( because deep down I do know and feel I am damn amazing, sexy and so worth it) I am not enough, that I have to get somewhere. Whereas the truth is I am already complete, but to know this and live these words are two very different things that will not change over night, but something to lovingly work on daily, without the harsh regime. As for appreciation, I went to write down things I appreciated about myself the other day, this is when I got the big ouch and much needed wake up call, it made it real and I felt it in my body – I couldn’t write anything down and quickly threw the bit of paper away. Great to feel, not pleasant at all, but I know now (not from my head) what I need to work on. I also feel appreciation supports lack of self worth and those low, down and depressing feelings. Well it does for me. In the past few days I have appreciated things/ people and people changing partly because of me. And speaking to people not about personal stuff, but just getting out there and being with people, having conversations, saying hello and not hiding away in my cave (my head). Another great thing I am working on is not needing people to love or even like me.

  55. What you are sharing is so true Nicole. We find ourselves at a point in our lives where we realise there are many things we have not said and done. But it’s not about the going places, it’s about how we are in relationship and the regret is not living all that we could have. We must know it if we have regrets! I feel this is the source of all of our grief. It is not so much about loss per say, even though that’s what we are convinced of.

  56. What I am beginning to uncover is that without true appreciation for oneself we cannot uncover the joy, stillness and absolute blessing’s of divine light we are. To deny the appreciation, denies love and that seems like such a shame for the world at large.

  57. Holding ourselves back and not bringing all of our qualities and potential to what we do, say and feel is like dipping our toe in the water instead of immersing ourselves in life in full.

  58. That aching emptiness of regret comes from not living the fullness of our love. It is a self-created chasm we fall into the moment we are faced with our human mortality if the way we have lived has not been true to our essence. No matter our circumstances, appreciation of who we truly are and the stupendous love we are held in, even if we are not always in steady connection with this, is all we need to pull us back out of this ‘hole’ that seeks to swallow us so that we do not feel the eternal Whole we are a part of.

  59. “Why is it that we wait until we may lose something that is precious to us to stop and really appreciate it? Why is it we do not make the choice to live each and every moment in absolute appreciation of everything that we are?” Such a great reminder to treasure everyone and everything around us – thank you. Appreciation is a magic that we cannot afford to not have in our lives.

  60. “Have you ever stopped to really appreciate yourself, your life, and everything around you?” I have got to be honest I very rarely appreciate myself. yes things around me, nature, my life, my job, the people in my life – but I never ever really appreciate myself and the part I play in all this. It was interesting as today I spoke to the kids about this, they shared what they loved about people in the class, then when it came to what they loved, and appreciated about themselves and brought to the classroom and school – they really struggled.

  61. The power in the opening sentence pulled me up short ‘Have you ever stopped to really appreciate yourself, your life, and everything around you?’ I have gone to another level with appreciation now. I know I have spent far too many years of my life not stopping to appreciate, but your blog has kick started a whole new level of appreciation for me. For example, do I care for my home as much as I care so exquisitely for my body, do I care so exquisitely for my car as much as I care for my body? There is much to explore here.

  62. Nicole, I feel I could read this blog of truth every morning. Just sitting at my computer I could feel many things that I hadn’t appreciated. When we are not living in our fullness so much beauty pass’s us by. Thanks Nicole.

  63. I have learned that when I live with all of who I am and in full presence with myself, I do feel everything and in that my biggest rejection to life was in not allowing myself to feel my own love for all people I am with and to let in the love from them equally.

  64. ‘Have you ever stopped to really appreciate yourself, your life, and everything around you?’ I have a stop in my life now as I am going to move and I am re evaluating every part of how I have lived that which I will take with me or leave behind as it no longer supports me. And yes there is regret of missed changes because of not choosing love but waiting on someone else to do so. Yet I feel also an appreciation in my body that I did not experienced before. An appreciation of what we’ve build during the time we’ve lived in this neighbourhood and in this house how we have imprinted it with care and love, the connections we have made with a lot of people at work, in shops, on the market and how we are surrounded and held by nature. And now it is time to move on to a more busy area and to appreciate the surrender to this next step in our life.

  65. I can relate to this, “Why is it that we wait until we may lose something that is precious to us to stop and really appreciate it? Why is it we do not make the choice to live each and every moment in absolute appreciation of everything that we are?” This is true to many parts of my life and more and more I am stopping to take in as much of any moments as I can handle. Yesterday was one of those days, not to sit back on a day off and look around but work and equally take everything in and not rush to lunch or the end. It was Monday and so I wasn’t hung over from the weekend or already wishing for Friday but holding onto the moment I was in. Some may think where I was was boring and in the past I would have agreed but it was a moment I was in with others and I just wanted to appreciate that in itself and the feeling was great. It wasn’t about what I was doing but became all about how it felt to just be in a moment. It was far greater for me than anything I have ever done.

  66. Absolutely beautiful Nicole thank you for sharing the true and very real appreciation for life we can have when we choose to live it in full.To live ones life in the fullness of who we are allows for no regrets and the love and appreciation from this is something we can all choose simply in each moment so why wait as you share so gloriously.

  67. It is a great question Nicole for why should we wait and not just get on with living and appreciating the love that we are and that is all around us. There are no excuses only choosing to live less than what is possible.

  68. You remind me today that my life really is amazing and that I do appreciate it, and I can allow myself more time to feel and appreciate it more, to actually build appreciation into my life in the same way I have often built criticism, really it’s the choice of what I choose to build with. So thank you Nicole for reminding me to deeply appreciate, me, my life, everyone I meet, all of it.

  69. The delay we chose in life is because we have been here before, and know we are coming back, it’s almost like an absolute arrogance.

  70. The saying “don’t take life for granted” sums up what your blog is sharing so powerfully with us all. We can all get so caught up in the day today chores and routines and not stop to savour the choices we have made to commit to life in whichever way and make it about appreciation. For many this is never a thought or an after thought. To bring this to print in a blog shows the level of appreciation you are willing to go to in order to support and inspire others. Thank you Nicole Serafin!

  71. Waiting for permission to live seems to be a trick played on us. We are the ones that choose to be the fullness of who we are, if we wait for others to give us the go ahead we may wait a very long time.

  72. Thank you Nicole for highlighting the power of appreciation and how it enriches our lives by way of confirming the great and loving choices we have made in honor the love we are within. It is through appreciation that we build a body of love, through which our Soulfulness can be freely lived without hesitation. A timely reminder that there is always more to appreciate as there is always more of our love to live.

  73. There is a reason we do not stop to take stock and truly appreciate the depth of who we are and that is because we all know, at some unconscious level, that to do so expedites our evolution back to our true self, our Soul and thus we are catapulted out of the comfortable nests we have built for our ‘self’, the human spirit and all it can claim as its own and back into the All from whence we came – the ultimate dissolution of self and giving up of the game that keeps us in separation to each other and the love that we are.

  74. Recently I was having a pinch-me moment of massive appreciation where I just couldn’t believe how I managed to end up where I was despite and because of everything that has happened and what I have chosen in my life, and the deeper I appreciate, the more power/responsibility I become aware of – because what I am appreciating is not really the details of incidents but the quality that I reconnected to as the result, and that is not something I can keep to myself.

  75. ‘Have you ever stopped to really appreciate yourself, your life, and everything around you?’ Great questions to consider and deeply, for most of us the answer is no – there is work to be done.

  76. The word fear felt really important when I read this blog again. Fear of regret rather than a fear of dying. Fear of not having lived who I am, not having been me in the truth of my being. Yet, it seems, when we do just that – live the fullness of our being – that fear dissolves and is exposed as a false notion. When we do connect with all that we are, is there anything to fear?

  77. Such a beautiful reflection in the appreciation of your life and yourself Nicole, thank you for highlighting that we can always go deeper in our appreciation of ourselves and when we do we confirm who we truly are and accept and value our true worth.

  78. What a gorgeous reflection Nicole and yes it is a great question, why do we wait until there is a health scare usually, before we stop, ponder and deeply appreciate all that is around us. I know for me this blog as been deeply inspiring to stop and take stock of all the people in my life, where I live, the friends I have and appreciate all of it.

  79. I love to come back to this blog and all it offers. And a great first question to ponder on:
    Have you ever stopped to really appreciate yourself, your life, and everything around you? Not enough!

  80. As you share you bring a valuable piece of truth to this world by your blog, sharing with us a great commitment we can choose that is captured in this sentence, a beautiful commitment of choice we can make principle in our lives: “When I pass over, no matter when that may be, I want it to be with no regrets, but with the appreciation and love of a true life lived in the fullness of who I am.” I shall choose the quality of energy I want to leave as an imprint behind.

  81. The key is : letting in. Letting the love and true appreciation in, by another or oneself.. and that we can at the same time let everything that we are out, without any reservation. This is what I am truly learning and wanting to master in life, as without letting love in and out – life simply does not make any sense.. Thank you for sharing this Nicole.

  82. Thank you Nicole for the reminder of how super important it is to live life with the fullness of who we are, consistently and without reservation…. this is our responsibility and the true purpose for why we are here on earth.

  83. What I find is that appreciation forever deepens. The more I appreciate the more we discover that there is so much more to appreciate.

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