“I do not wish to expiate, but to live. My life is for itself and not for a spectacle. I much prefer that it should be of a lower strain, so it be genuine and equal, than that it should be glittering and unsteady. I wish it to be sound and sweet, and not to need diet and bleeding.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Every day, we have the choice to meet the world with our game face on or with a nasty attitude. Some days, we wake up with a joyful spirit and it is easy to be and stay positive. Other days, we might wake up cranky and then it takes effort to re-direct our emotions and change our mood. No matter how we wake up or what we do about it, one thing is important; choose your mood and live wisely. What ten reasons can we muster to help us live wisely?
#Trust30 is an online initiative and 30-day writing challenge. The #Trust30 Prompt: Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.”
♥ Health – negativity affects our health and to maintain it we need to care about our thoughts and interactions with others.
♥ Family – divisiveness in families creates a lot of strife. Be a peacemaker so five years from now there is more to celebrate
♥ Friends – friends are golden and we must care for our friendships with honesty and compassion. A cruel act ends friendships and trust is a hard emotion to rebuild.
Since everything we do carries energy and adds to our memory bank of events, we must be careful what we hold onto and how we choose to conduct our lives. We don’t want, five years from now, to have a pocket full of lousy memories of people we hurt, and things we didn’t accomplish because we were furious or cranky… Starting above and then below are ten reasons to help us live wisely and avoid becoming the type of person who’d make you shudder.
“It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and well and justly. And it is impossible to live wisely and well and justly without living a pleasant life.” Epicurus
♥ Self-awareness – as we learn to value the rights of others, we become aware of our interconnections with all things. With self awareness comes an appreciation for life and our role in it.
♥ Optimism – If we replace our pessimism with an optimistic view of the world around us, our latter years will be filled with good memories; much better than gloom and doom.
♥ Hobbies/Interests – While we can admire and imitate the efforts of others, it is best to develop our own interests and feed our imagination with our stories, and our creative impulses/effort.
♥ Peace of Mind – It is never a good idea to live indefinitely and vicariously through others… or to not live in the present; in the moment. For our peace of mind, we must lead by example and be at peace with where we are going in our own lives.
When we make the effort to be less judgmental of others, we open our doors and hearts to new opportunities; making new friends and acquaintances, learning a new skill or connecting with beneficial information that can help us continue to grow. Five years from now, we want to have the skills and tools to maintain equilibrium under all circumstances…
“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” Gautama Buddha
♥ Wisdom of experience – If we act with fairness and care, our experiences are expanded and wisdom grows.
♥ Good Memories – Good memories come from positive interactions with others… We choose our actions and must be vigilant.
♥ Happiness & No Regrets – Our happiness is a choice. If we choose to work at curtailing any tendencies that adversely affect our joy, we will build our happiness bone and then life is with no regrets.
If we are able to avoid worry and distraction over situations we can’t control, we will thrive. Living wisely means living consciously, avoiding petty conflicts and being happy with our lot; as is. we add sparkle to our lives by the actions we choose. We can be upbeat or weighed down with heaviness. Find your inner sparkle and share it… What about you? What are your thoughts? What will you do to ensure your five year review is one you are proud of? Do you find yourself tempted by negative distractions and how do you resolve it? Do share! Thank you. 😉
Positive Motivation Tip: Seek the path of wisdom as you live your life. All we do comes back to us ten fold…
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This post was inspired by a prompt from RalphWaldoEmerson.me: Think about the type of person you’d NEVER want to be 5 years from now. Write out your own personal recipe to prevent this from happening and commit to following it. “Thought is the seed of action.”