“Renew, release, let go. Yesterday’s gone. There’s nothing you can do to bring it back. You can’t “should’ve” done something. You can only DO something. Renew yourself. Release that attachment. Today is a new day!”
I have been rambling on a lot lately about not waiting to get more out of life than we are now. The other day I suggested that we compress the middle parts of our lives so that we can quickly move from the unencumbered freedom of the child to the years when we let ourselves go and get out of the rat race. I guess I have because I think I waited far too long to get over caring about convention and trying to please others. The thing I find interesting is that ever since I got to my “take me or leave me, this is as good as I get” phase, I not only began to enjoy life more but I am surprisingly more effective in the tasks I do take on.
I have learned that when I pay attention to my likes and dislikes, my skills and my weaknesses I get to tailor my activities to who I am and what I want. Of course as I age my abilities and even desires are always shifting but I have learned that once I left the day-to-day rut I have become more flexible and resilient. I also know myself well enough to realize I am nothing special and if I can do it so can anyone else. I know it is not easy to break the chains that hold us back but if you wish to do so maybe this edited piece I copied from the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog will help.
10 Things I Dare You to Do Today
Make someone else smile. – Ordinary people worry today and postpone their happiness for tomorrow. Intelligent people are happy today and postpone their worries for tomorrow. Wise people only wish happiness for all, today and tomorrow. If you wish to have a lifetime of happiness, dedicate time every day to helping others smile with complete sincerity and enthusiasm.
Be imperfect. – Something that is really difficult, but totally worth it, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the journey of becoming your true self. The most beautiful part of this journey is simply returning to the peaceful feeling of being. This peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.
Be enthusiastic about what you’re doing. – You’re not given a good life or a bad life. You’re given life, and it’s up to you to make it good or bad. So wake up and get motivated; not everybody made it to today. Don’t take your time for granted. Don’t waste time thinking back to what you could have done differently yesterday. Keep your eyes on the road ahead and do it differently today. Wherever the road takes you, bring your passion. Whatever you do along the way, do it with all your heart.
Make the best of what happens. – More important than what happens to you, is what you make of what happens to you. The more thankful you are, the more beautiful this world appears. You must uncover the good in the bad, the happy in your sad, the gain in your pain, and what makes you grateful not hateful. Read Stumbling on Happiness.
Forgive your past self. – Sometimes, good people like you make bad choices. It doesn’t mean you’re bad; it means you’re human. So get bored with your past; it’s over. Forgive yourself for what you think you did or didn’t do, and focus on what you will do starting now.
Spend some time simply being and breathing. – The only way to live happily ever after is one day at a time. Just be, breathe, and think not about what you’re missing, but what you’ve been given.
Learn something new. – It’s important to remember that you cannot become who you are capable of being by remaining exactly where you are. If you are not willing to learn and grow, no one can help you. But if you are determined to learn and grow, no one can stop you. Learn from everyone, evolve, remain humble, and don’t forget to have a good time.
Focus on the qualities you like about those around you. – Whenever we focus on a person’s wonderful qualities, we have a wonderful relationship with them. Whenever we focus on a person’s not so wonderful qualities, we have a not so wonderful relationship with them. What we focus on grows in our minds and hearts.
Say “yes” to a spontaneous opportunity. – Everything in life can’t be planned. Some of the greatest opportunities will knock on your door when you least expect them to. Be flexible, be spontaneous, and just say “yes.”
“When was the last time you woke up and realized that today could be the best day of your life?”
Six year-old Sophie brought her report card home from school. Her marks were good... mostly As and a couple of Bs. However, her teacher had written across the bottom: "Sophie is a smart little girl, but she has one fault: she talks too much in school. I have an idea I am going to try, which I think may break her of the habit."
Sophie's dad signed her report card, putting a note on the back: "Please let me know if your idea works on Sally because I would like to try it out on her mother."
I don't know why some people change churches - what difference does it make which one you stay home from?
The Jewish Chronicle had heard that Benny was coming up to his 110th birthday so they sent one of their reporters to interview him. "How do you account for your longevity?" asked the reporter.
"You could say that I am a health nut," Benny answered. "I have never smoked or drunk alcohol, I am always in bed by ten o'clock, I've been going to Israeli folk dance classes since I was a teenager and I've always walked three miles a day, even in rain or snow."
"But," said the reporter, "my uncle Saul followed exactly the same routine and he died when he was 75.
So how come it didn't work for him?"
"All I can say," replied Benny "is that he didn't keep it up long enough."
"American 2341, for noise abatement, turn right 45 Degrees." "Center, we are at 35,000 feet. How much noise can we make up here?" "Sir, have you ever heard the noise a 747 makes when it hits a 727?"
A fellow computer programmer for a consulting group had designed some software for one of our largest accounts. He asked my help in putting it into operation.
At first, he handled most of the work. Eventually, though, he asked me to help with the last phase of the training. When I sat down with one woman and told her I would be showing her how to make changes to the files, she sighed with relief. "I'm so glad you're teaching me instead of him."
Surprised, I said that my colleague was far more experienced than I was.
"Yes," she said, "but I feel much more comfortable with you. I get nervous around really smart people."
Be careful about health books. You may die of a misprint.
The young woman really thought she'd been very patient, through a protracted period of dating with no talk of marriage. One night her steady boyfriend took her to a Chinese restaurant. As he perused the menu, he casually asked her, "So . . . how do you like your rice? Boiled? Or fried?"
Without missing a beat, she looked over her menu at him and replied clearly, "Thrown."
“Your hand can seize today, but not tomorrow; and thoughts of your tomorrow are nothing but desire. Don’t waste this breath, if your heart isn’t crazy, since "the rest of your life" won’t last forever.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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