Thursday, March 6

Recipe for a Good Life

(I got this one in an email. I wish I had written it!)

Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Buy a lock if you have to.

Buy a TIVO, tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement:
'My purpose is to___________ today.'

Live with the 3 E's: Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

Watch more movies, play more games and read more books than you did last year.

Make time for meditation and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

Spend more 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 fewer foods that are manufactured in plants.

Drink green tea and plenty of water and eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds and walnuts.

Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.

Clear your 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 pauper.

Smile and laugh more.

Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, and wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

Forgive everyone everything.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. The best is yet to come.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up. (Unless you have the flu!)

Do the right thing.

Call your mother and father often.

Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:
'I am thankful for ________.' 'Today I accomplished_________.'

Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed. Enjoy the ride.

Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass.


Changes in the wind said...

Such good reminders, think I will print it out and stick it on a wall:)

Diane said...

Definitely words to live by

Diane Mandy said...

Great advice!

Mar said...

Great reminders!! and reminded me of "Life isn't fair. But it isn't fair to everybody. Which makes it fair"...
I just hope I remembered that well, lol.
I loved the diet: Drink green tea and plenty of water and eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds and walnuts. I could get used to that! and now off to make some green tea :)

The Pagan Sphinx said...

I try to do some of these things....but I good to be reminded. Thank you!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

I love this! So simple, yet true.

Seamus said...

Serendipitous that I should read this after watching "The Secret" last night! :)

tiff said...

I think it would be great to take one of these a day and incorporate it into daily life.

I love the meditation one...

whimsicalnbrainpan said...

Sounds like pretty good advice to me.

Dianne said...

thanks for that. great list of simple, wonderful advice.

JeanMac said...

I printed it - thanks, Judy!

Shephard said...

Very nice. I don't think I've read a better set of advice all in one spot.


Beverly said...

Those are good reminders, for sure.

Chancy said...

Absolutely wonderful thoughts.

Jewaira said...

Wonderful thoughts to wake up to Kenju

BreadBox said...

That's a great list: thanks for sharing it.


Carmi said...

My grandfather lived by similar rules - well, they didn't have Tivo then. It was one of the reasons why I loved him so: he got it. To the very fiber of his soul.

I hope you have had a great week, Judy. Michele sent me tonight, and I'm looking forward to catching up on all I've missed, as it's been a wild week on my end of the Internet.

Bud said...

Another keeper. Thanks Judy

Thaleia said...

What a great list! The words I live by (most of the time that is): live well, love more, laugh often


Sonia said...

Thank you! Great advices. I copied it to re read later!

Have a nice Sunday!

PI said...

Would that i could call Mum and Dad:)
And if I wander down to the town smiling all the way I'm afraid people would think I'd finally lost it.
But some great reminders there:)

Cris said...

Love This! Wonderful advice!