Eva was a 2nd grader at Bell Field Elementary School. She was a happy, spirited little girl who always brought a smile to my face. Unfortunately, her life was cut way too short by a tragic, freak accident. The details of her death don't matter. What does matter is that this little girl left such an impression on how to live life. So, I give you the life lessons I learned from Eva.
1. Life is meant to be lived moving, not standing still.
Eva was always hopping, skipping, jumping. She never really stayed still. She was always on the move. She showed me that this is the way life is supposed to be lived. Always be on the move looking for new adventures to try. Dare to always be on the go. Look at a challenge as a welcomed journey, not an obstacle to be feared.
2. Fill life with color, lots of color, especially purple.
At Eva's visitation today, I discovered that Eva liked purple. Most of the flowers that filled the room had varying hues of purple. Our lives need to be filled with lots and lots of color. Bold and bright colors can easily change our mood. Bright pink, highlighter yellow, bold orange. Add color to your life. I have a purple couch, and I absolutely love it!
3. Hugs and Smiles. Every. Single. Day.
I think every time I saw Eva she was coming over to give me a hug with a smile on her face. She was always smiling and always hugging. Many adults at Bell Field have echoed these thoughts. Many people have talked about her unconditional hugs. We could all use more hugs and smiles in our day. They are simple gestures that make people feel happy, cared about, and wanted. Isn't that what we all desire?
4. White heels are always appropriate -- embrace your inner princess (or prince).
Eva's 8th birthday occurred four days before she died. One thing she really wanted for her birthday was a pair of 3-inch heels. Well, they weren't three inches in height, but she got a pair of heels for her birthday and she wore them proudly to school. Her p.e. teacher remarked that Eva even attempted to run in them during class. She advised maybe it would be easier for Eva to change into her sneakers. Eva's free spirit was contagious and so appreciated. We could all learn to embrace our inner princess (or prince) a little more. Go out and dare to be unique!
5. Everyday is a chance to celebrate.
I honestly think that Eva loved life everyday. Being constantly on the move, hugging, and smiling were all ways Eva showed that life should be celebrated all the time. Don't wait for the special moments in life to enjoy. Every moment is special and is worth celebration. We get a chance to celebrate Eva's life tomorrow morning at her funeral. People are invited to bring purple balloons that will be released after the service. That's an extremely fitting way to celebrate the life of a little girl who meant so much to so many. I, for one, can't wait to see the sky filled with all that purple.
Monday is the day of the week I feel sorry for the most. No one likes Monday. It means the start of the work week. It signifies the end of the weekend. I've never heard anyone say, "Hooray, today is Monday, my favorite day of the week!!" Plain and simple, it gets a bad rap.
I used to feel the same way, but I don't anymore. I've changed my mindset in a couple of ways, thanks in part to my daily mentor Darren Hardy (publisher of Success magazine). Hardy challenged us to figure out our schedule for the following week on Friday before we leave work for the weekend. I had always subscribed to looking at my week on Sunday night, and that's probably why I was always in a panic when Monday morning rolled around and I still wasn't quite sure about all the details for the week. So, I started to plan the details for the next week on Friday afternoons at the end of the work day. Sure, I would love to race out of the parking lot and start my weekend, but it sure feels a lot better walking out of the building knowing that I'm ready to go when Monday morning hits.
The second change I've made personally is to not put all of the house cleaning chores on Sunday. I used to do that as well, and so then Sunday came and I either hated it because I had so much cleaning to do, or we would be at a family function on and so then the housecleaning got put off which I also hated. It was definitely a lose-lose situation. So, I changed my housecleaning to be done throughout the week. I just do a little each night, and then I don't have anything to do on Sunday. It makes it more relaxing and then I can ease right into Monday.
So, instead of looking at Monday as the dreaded start of the week. I now look at Monday with a new lens, one that sees endless possibilities.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.