What does it mean to live your best life now? Too often I feel like we fall for the IG highlight reel of what it means to live your best life. We compare ourselves to others and struggle to find happiness in our own lives. I love using the hashtag #liveyourbestlifenow and I truly believe that all of us should strive to live life intentionally and with purpose and direction. But what does it mean? Is life always going to be perfect and filled with rainbows, sunshine, and unicorns? Will we drive fancy cars and live in big houses on the beach? Maybe, but I think there is more to it than that. After a year of encouraging others to live their best life now and taking the steps in my own life to live a life of purpose that I can truly call my best life, I’ve come to realize that there is more to it than an all-star IG highlight real. Our best life becomes evident in the way we treat people, the goals we strive to achieve, and the payoff at the end.

You’ve heard it countless times, treat others as you would have them treat you. The exact phrasing varies but the message is the same. How do you want to be treated? I know that I wanted to be treated fairly and with respect. That doesn’t mean that I won’t get my feelings hurt or only deserve feedback that is positive. To me, fairly means that I will receive all kinds of feedback… good and bad! We live in a society and a time where everyone is a winner and we’re taught not to point out anything flaws or weaknesses. I agree that negativity is a cancer and we should strive to be positive people, but that doesn’t mean that we should live in a fantasy world either. I wonder, could fairness be equated to freedom? Let’s say for a moment that FAIRNESS=FREEDOM. I think it makes sense. If you are free to do as you will and make the choices you want, I’d say that is pretty fair.

I try to study great men from history and model myself after them. One of my favorites, Thomas Jefferson said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Wow. There is so much in that short phrase, I could unpack it all day. He uses an analogy where liberty, or freedom(fairness), is a tree. Trees need water to grow but in this case the blood of tyrants and patriots is the water. Notice he doesn’t just say the blood of tyrants. The message here is that we have to fight for freedom and fairness and there will be a cost for it. It isn’t easy to be free or fair, it takes work, it takes deliberate actions. I’d encourage you to start treating people with fairness today! Show them love and be considerate of their needs just as you would want them to do to you. If you do this, soon you will see a dramatic change in your own life.

Check back next week as we dive deeper into what it means to #liveyourbestlifenow!