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We Get One Life. [QMU]

Posted by Zak Reid

Have you ever played a video game?

Normally you get a few lives, say 3, maybe 10… but at some point, unless you beat the game, you end up on your last life. There’s always this sense of urgency…. I can’t die again, I’m on my last life! Because, as we all know, when you die on your last life, it’s GAME OVER.

That’s the weird thing about being a human, we’re born on our last life.

You may ask yourself, how is that reminder a Quick Me Up? Maybe that sounds more like a quick me down… but the thing is, the better and faster that we realize we only get one chance, the better we can live this one chance.

We Get One Life.

Taj Mahal, We have one life, Quick Me Ups

If your dream is to visit the Taj Mahal…. then go! Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim

I’m guilty. I let time pass by. I get into a rhythm, into a rut, and I just stay there. Maybe I make small changes or adjustments, but I don’t treat each day like the individual gift it is.

This life is an amazing, unique, powerful GIFT that you were given.

Are you ready to fully enjoy this gift?
This life is meant to be lived fully. The idea isn’t to make it to the end and say, “well at least I got a lot of sleep and was very safe, nothing crazy happened!”….

It reminds me of a great quote:

Be a Better You [QMU]

Posted by Zak Reid

You’re awesome. You have a unique combination of qualities, shortcomings, interests, predispositions, quirks, and all sorts of things that make you… well, you. And that’s what’s so awesome about you, is that you’re so, uniquely you.

What are some of the things that you really enjoy about who you are? Maybe you feel the most like you when you’re drawing, walking down the street, meditating, doing yoga, or heck, debating social issues. When are you the most you?

Let’s identify what makes us the best version of ourselves, and grow that.

Be a Better You.

Vincent Lock, play guitar, be a better you via Quick Me Ups.

If you feel like YOU when you play guitar, then PLAY GUITAR! Photo: Vincent Lock

“Make the most of yourself….for that is all there is of you.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Start Your Day with Positive Words [QMU]

Posted by Zak Reid

When your alarm goes off in the morning, it’s easy to say or think – “Nooo, I don’t want to get up”, “I wish I didn’t have to wake up right now”“I don’t want to go to school / work”. It can be a natural, involuntary action, but it can create our early-morning mental state, and this can go on to affect us for the rest of the day.

As soon as we start thinking and speaking negativity, it becomes real. We create a mental position of fighting against the current, of trying to stop or freeze time… which just doesn’t work.

So instead of fighting the current, let’s accept it, and try to enjoy the rapids, or at least navigate them to the best of our abilities. Let’s start our day off by thinking of the good parts, of the highlights. Let’s speak positivity so that it manifests instead of negativity.

Start Your Day with Positive Words.

Tree at Sunrise - Start Your Day with Positive Words - Quick Me Ups

Another sunrise, another opportunity. Photo: Public Domain Images

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” – Willie Nelson

Let’s rise each morning with thoughts of:
– I’m going to make this a great day.
– Today I’m going to finish that project / task.
– Today I’m going to be healthy and go to the gym / eat well.
– After work I’m going to meet up with some friends, yes!
– I can do this.
– I’m not going to let problems bring me down.
– I will overcome any obstacle I face today.
– Today I’m going to smile.
– Today I will….

Do 5 Small Acts of Kindness.

Posted by Zak Reid

You’re awesome.

And what’s even awesomer is making somebody else feel awesome.

So I challenge YOU…  I throw down the proverbial gauntlet and challenge you to a make-a-positive-impact challenge (it’s a working title haha).

It’s simple…

Do 5 Small Acts of Kindness Today.

Photo Wonderlane, Middle Way Cafe via Quick Me Ups, 5 Small Acts of Kindness

Genuinely smiling at a stranger can be a great Act of Kindness. Photo: Wonderlane

Quick Me Ups is all about positivity. It’s a place to find and share messages, news, quotes, art, pictures, anything that makes you smile. But it’s also about spreading positivity: building positive community, helping others directly, sharing good info with family and friends, volunteering, or even just holding the door open for the person behind you.

Each of us has our own world, our own story full of – people, places, events… triumphs, tragedies, and getting back up after falling down.

When we compliment or do a favor for someone, it directly impacts their world. Even small gestures such as smiling at someone, or sharing a kind word, can stay with them during their day.

Take a Positive Step Today.

Posted by Zak Reid

There are many ways you can try to describe this life we have, this journey we all share… life is a long road, a marathon, or life is like climbing a mountain. Each of these metaphors paints a picture of a long, difficult, yet rewarding adventure comprised of many, many steps.

While each step is small, maybe a meter, each one is vitally important to the journey. Today I may not make a life-changing breakthrough, but what I can do is take a couple good steps closer to that goal.

Instead of taking a poor step, or no step at all, let’s make the decision to…

Take a Positive Step Today.

Cordillera Huayhuash Alpine Circuit, Peru, Quick Me Ups Take a Positive Step

Mountains are climbed on step at a time. Photo: Jeremyfrimer

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.” – Lao Tzu

I personally enjoy thinking about life as climbing a mountain. There are steep ascents, difficult valleys, unexpected storms, plateaus, and there are breathtaking peaks. The moment of arriving at the top of the peak always seems to overshadow the pain it took to get there.

Standing on the peak you don’t think a whole lot about your 4,732nd step as you were climbing up, but it was just as important as the one before, and the one after it.

All it takes is one bad step to twist an ankle or slip and fall. One bad step can set us back quite a bit, that’s why each one is so important.

It can be easy to get caught in a routine, a rhythm, and start to take more mindless steps. Just going through the motions. Those are dangerous times and when it’s easy to slip and fall.

We’re at our best when we’re present with each step – when we’re conscious of where we’re stepping.

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” – Robert Collier

So what can you do today to further you on your path? If you’re working on a project, what can you get it finished this week? Exercise – make yourself show up at the gym this week. Art –  write, draw or build something today. Health – make good food decisions throughout the day and night.

These things don’t have to be big, just showing up and putting in the effort is a game changer. Work on one idea. Make a plan. Take a step.

“Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.” – Vincent Van Gogh

So let’s take a good step today. Let’s think about our day and the week, what we want to do, and how we can help today. Let’s be conscious today and do something to help ourselves. It doesn’t need to be a gigantic leap, just take a breath, lean forward and…

Take a Positive Step.


If you enjoyed today’s Quick Me Up, try…
Which one is the Most Important Step?
How each one adds up: Small Steps Make Big Leaps