Warning: the following contains overly optimistic, idealistic notions and way too many passé quotes. Proceed with caution.
I’m not typically the corny type who promotes the ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ stuff very often. In fact, usually I think it is crap. But then I feel cynical, and that is not something I strive to be either. So I’ve adopted the ‘Do the right things, at the right times, for the right reasons’ policy, and find that it is succinct, while still capturing a bit of the corny.
It seems all too easy to get caught up in life’s daily difficulties, so when I got the following email from my grandpa this morning, I took a deep breath and realized that perhaps ‘not sweating the small stuff’ is an underrated concept. And with it being the end of January, I thought there was a good chance that there are a couple of other quasi-cynics out there who were having some winter gripes too.
So please excuse the cheesy-factor and take the following list for what it is: two minutes to get lost in trying to be a better version of yourself. We could all use a little of that.
LIFE HANDBOOK 2011
- Drink plenty of water.
- Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a beggar.
- Eat more foods from natural plants; eat fewer foods that are manufactured in plants.
- Live with the 3 E’s: Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
- Make time to pray (or meditate, or do yoga, or something spiritual).
- Play more games.
- Read more books than you did in 2010.
- Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
- Sleep for 7 hours.
- Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.
- Don’t compare your life to others’ lives. You have no idea what their journey is about.
- Don’t have negative thoughts about things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive, present moment.
- Don’t overdo. Keep your limits.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip.
- Dream more while you are awake.
- Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
- Forget issues of the past. Don’t remind your partner of his/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
- Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don’t hate others.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
- No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
- Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
- Smile and laugh more.
- You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
- Call your family often.
- Each day, give something good to others.
- Forgive everyone for everything.
- Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
- Try to make at least three people smile each day.
- What other people think of you is none of your business.
- Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
- Do the right thing!
- Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
- Time heals all wounds.
- However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
- No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
- The best is yet to come.
- When you awake alive in the morning, be thankful.
- Your inner most self is always happy. So, be happy.
There… now don’t you feel a little bit nicer? Lighter? Clichéd? Don’t worry, the mocking should return any minute now.