Life — A few lessons I have gleaned so far
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and do it with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” Maya Angelou
After series of setbacks, disappointments, pain that cannot be weighed or quantified, loss of loved ones, depression, you name it, I have come to understand that life irrespective of its travails is what we make of it. As a result, I have come up with a list of actions that help me to remain upbeat, positive and generally maintain my sanity. I hope they are useful to you as they have been to me.
“However difficult life may seem, there’s always something you can do to succeed at.” Stephen Hawking
To make the most of life commit to carrying out the following tasks consistently:
Don’t take yourself too seriously
Don’t take things personal
Reach out to others
“Life is short, and it’s up to you to make it sweet.” Sarah Louise Delany
Express gratitude daily
Believe in yourself
Relax and live in the moment
Don’t over think stuff
Engage in ‘little things’ they go a long way
“I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care it it’s good or bad things. That means you’re alive.” Joan Rivers
Give others the benefit of the doubt
Don’t simply dream. Take action!
Have the ‘Can do it Attitude’
“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.” Oprah Winfrey
Be kind to others but expect nothing in return
Don’t care what others think. It’s their opinion
Look to God for everything
Remember the serenity prayer when things don’t go your way
“Life doesn’t require that we be the best, only that we try our best.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.
Don’t take your family or loved ones for granted
Be in tune with the Almighty
Be optimistic about everything
Leave people to karma; it will get them eventually
Face your fears
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” Eminem
Never settle for second best. It’s unacceptable.
Bask in the glory of the Lord
Be other-centred but don’t lose yourself in the process
Engage in hobbies and pastimes
See challenges as stepping stones to greater heights
“The most important thing is to enjoy your life - to be happy — it’s all that matters.” Audrey Hepburn
Glean all you can from failures and experiences
Watch your words because once they slip, you’ll never be able to take them back
Watch your thoughts — you’ll never supersede them
Forgive, it’s the road to mental health and wellness
Seize comparing yourself with others and instead strive to be a better you each day
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” Charles R. Swindoll
Listen. It’s a great tool to learning and an avenue for great relationships
Learn something new each day
Watch your habits; they make or break you
Have a set of values, hold on to your convictions
Whatever you do, do it to the best of your ability
“Death is not the greatest loss in life. the greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.” Norman Cousins
Allow people to walk out from your life. Some are present for a season, others for reason and a few for a lifetime.
Engage in acts that will benefit someone somewhere
Embrace yourself, your circumstances and your life. It’s the aqueduct to peace and mental health.
Use your ‘value meter’ when making decisions
Watch your actions, they always come with consequences
“Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain… To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make choices — today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but to embrace it.” Kevyn Auction
Acknowledge pain and hurt but don’t dwell on them. Move on.
Never be desperate for love; it only leads to anguish.
Place a high value on yourself because no one will value you more than you value yourself.
Engage in laughter lots of it, but never at the expense of others
Leave others better than you met them
“Live life to the fullest and focus on the positive.” Matt Cameron
Be confident. Be courageous. Be a pacesetter.
Learn to say ‘NO’; it’s the vaccine for people pleasing and helps you stay focused on your goals
Always take responsibility for your actions
Choose to respond rather than react to situations
Never have the last word
“Do not take life to seriously. You will never get out of it alive.” Elbert Hubbard
Learn to accept others. Compromise.
Let go of the past and let it remain there
Keep a gratitude journal and make entries daily
Keep an idea journal with you at all times
Be weary of trends. Like time, they’ll slowly fade.
“Do not dwell on the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” Buhdda
Be mindful of time-wasters like entertainment and social media
Don’t pursue happiness through things. Work on having a positive mind set and it will find you
Choose joy over happiness because happiness is based on circumstances and joy exists in spite of it
Ignore naysayers. Heed to those who encourage you to chase your dreams
Live in the moment
“To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” Reba McEntire
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