“What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favorite day," said Pooh.”
Yesterday I suggested we live each day to the fullest, not letting another slip by as we do what we always do. It is so easy to put off until that elusive tomorrow opportunities to add adventure and pleasant experiences into our lives. Too many of us get up at the same time every day, drive to our destination the same as we do day after day. Once there we pretty much follow the same old routine and then end our day returning to our caves waiting to repeat the same the next day.
Many of us wait for something to happen rather than going out of our way to reward ourselves with a variety of experiences.
Recently I read a piece by Marc Chernoff entitled 6 Things you will regret about today. I have selected some of his thoughts to share with you as I think they have value.
Letting uncertainty paralyze you.
Sometimes you will not be able to see where you are going; every step will seem uncertain. But know that as long as you follow your intuition and take baby steps, your soul’s inner GPS will guide you home. You will find that you will be the right person, at the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing on point. Trust your instincts. Relax. You know what to do. Living is about learning as you go.
Living is risky business. Every decision, every interaction, every step, every time you get out of bed in the morning, you take a small risk. To truly live is to know you’re getting up and taking that risk, and to trust yourself to take it. To not get out of bed, clutching to illusions of safety, is to die slowly without ever having truly lived.
Being too busy impressing others and forgetting about what’s best for YOU.
Get your priorities straight. Twenty years from now it won’t really matter what shoes you wore today, how your hair looked, or what brand of jeans you bought. What will matter is how you lived and loved, what you learned, and how you applied this knowledge.
So forget about impressing everyone else. Be real instead. If you want to impress someone, impress yourself by making progress on something you’re sincerely proud of. It’s truly amazing what you can accomplish in a day when you aren’t constantly worried about what everyone else in the world thinks.
Completely ignoring your passions and hobbies.
Franklin D. Roosevelt once said, “Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” With the modern 8-to-5 work schedule it’s so easy to trap yourself into doing what you don’t want to do for 40+ hours every week and then mindlessly wasting all your free time being lazy.
Sure you have responsibilities. And no, you won’t be able to do what you want to do every waking minute of your life. But you always have a choice to do more of what you really want to do – to work on something that matters to you – something that moves you and makes you smile. Make time for YOU too.
Not spending enough time smiling with the people you love.
As we get older, social fun is often underrated. With all of our big responsibilities, socializing seems like an indulgence. It shouldn’t be. It should be a requirement. When your work life is busy, and all your energy is focused in that arena, it’s all too easy to find yourself off balance. While drive and focus is important, if you intend to maintain happiness and peace in your life you still need to balance in the soccer games, the family dinners, the intimate dates with your significant other, and the outings with your closest friends.
“We're so busy watching out for what's just ahead of us that we don't take time to enjoy where we are.”
More letters to God from children
Dear God, My brother told me about being born, but it doesn't sound right.
Dear God, We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday School, we learned that you did it. So I bet he stole your idea. Sincerely, Donna
Dear God, I do not think anybody could be a better God. Well, I just want you to know that I am not just saying this because you are God already. Charles
Dear God, I didn't think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset you made on Tuesday. That was cool! Eugene
Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each other so much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother. Larry
It's not the fall that injures; it's the sudden stop.
My wife and I get along just great, except that she's a backseat driver second to none. On my way home from work one day, I heard my cell phone ring as I merged onto a freeway bypass.
It was my wife. By chance, she had entered the bypass right behind me.
"Honey," she said, "your turn signal is still on. And put on your lights. It's starting to rain."
"Real Men Don't Waste Their Hormones Growing Hair"
A man was in bad shape. He constantly gasped for breath and his eyes bulged. The doctors didn't give him long to live. He decided to live it up. Withdrawing all of his money from the bank, he went on a shopping spree. His last stop was at the most expensive haberdashery in the city. He pointed out a dozen silk shirts. He wore a size fourteen.
The clerk said, "Your neck looks bigger than fourteen. You need a sixteen."
The man said, "I know my size. I want them in a fourteen."
The clerk said, "I'll get them for you, but I want to warn you...if you wear a fourteen you'll gasp all day and yours eyes will bulge."
Pajama-clad tot calling out to family: "I'm going upstairs to say my prayers now. Anyone want anything?”
Although he was a qualified meteorologist, a local broadcaster ran up a terrible record of forecasting for the TV news program. He became something of a local joke when a newspaper began keeping a record of his predictions and showed that he'd been wrong almost three hundred times in a single year.
That kind of notoriety was enough to get him fired.
He moved to another part of the country and applied for a similar job. One blank on the job application called for the reason for leaving his previous position.
In the blank he wrote quite honestly, "The climate didn't agree with me."
“You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.”
Henry David Thoreau
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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