My friend, Linda, sent me something like this – of course I edited out the parts that were too hard to do. I think items #1, #6 and #16 are the most valuable.
- Take a 30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant. Observe and you’ll be surprised what you see and hear. On a recent walk I heard a mocking bird high in a tree, squawking like a cell phone. That cracked me up!
- Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. This is hard, but effective in centering and refocusing on the tasks at hand. This is also a good way to find things I’ve misplaced. Just sit quietly and it usually comes to me where I placed my keys, my handbag, you name it.
- When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to __________ today. This sure beats my excessive “to do” lists which are usually overwhelming.
- Live with the 3 E’s — Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
- Play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.
- Make time to practice meditation and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
- Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
- Dream more while you are awake.
- Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
- Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts. (May I add avocados to this list?)
- Try to make at least three people smile each day.
- Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
- Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, issues of the past, negative thoughts, or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
- 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.
- Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card. 16.
- Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
- Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.
18. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In a year, will this matter? The biggest disaster of my life was a calendar of country scenes I produced in New Orleans. When the calendar was delivered from the printer, the month February was spelled Febuary. I wanted to kill myself and knew my career was over. Within a year, the calendar was a collectors item and people wanted the “flawed” one.
19. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful. I haven’t mastered this step and doubt I ever will.
20.Each night before you go to bed complete the following “I’m grateful for _____. Today I accomplished _________.”
If all the above fail, just repeat this statement coined by Daddy Murrah, grandfather of my high school friend Linda Murrah. “Do what you can and don’t worry about what you can’t.” He said it all the time and she had the words framed. They hang in my home office.