It is essential to our well-being, and to our lives, that we play and enjoy life.
Every single day do something that makes your heart sing.
Here we go again team, another weekend. I want you to make sure you go out and play. Leave all the burdens in the locker room, throw your hat in the air, run around and even do silly things. There are a few things I would have liked to do for myself and others this week but never got to them. Fortunately they have waited for me to come out and wisely spend my recreational time. So I may not see you at the bubble blowing contest but not to worry I will be enjoying myself.
If you have forgotten how to enjoy life you might be able to use these tips from Peter Clemens.
1. Appreciate Beauty. Each day we come across beauty in a number of shapes and forms. It’s a shame, then, that many people have become so accustomed to this beauty that it largely goes unappreciated. I suggest looking again at the people, plants, gadgets, and buildings (to name but a few examples) around you and taking a moment to appreciate what makes them so special.
2. Connect With Nature. Nature is an amazing healer for the stresses and strains of modern life. Eating lunch in the park, attending to a vegetable garden in your backyard, or watching the sunset are just a few simple ideas for how you can enjoy the outdoors on a daily basis.
3. Laugh. E. E. Cummings once said “the most wasted of all days is one without laughter.” How very true. Never be too busy to laugh, or too serious to smile. Instead, surround yourself with fun people and don’t get caught up in your own sense of importance.
4. Have Simple Pleasures. A good cup of coffee when I first wake. Time spent playing with my 8 month old son. Cooking a nice meal in the evening. These may not seem terribly exciting, but they are some of the simple pleasures I enjoy in life. If you slow down for just a moment and take the time to appreciate these ordinary events, life becomes instantly more enjoyable.
5. Connect With People. In so many ways, it is our relationships with people that give us the most happiness in life. Perhaps, then, the best way to enjoy your work more is not to get a raise or a promotion, but rather to build rewarding relationships with your co-workers.
6. Learn. There is a strong link between learning and happiness. Given this, there is no excuse not to be stimulating your brain and learning something new each day. My favorite way to find time for learning is to make the most of the commute to and from work. Audiobooks and podcasts are great for this purpose.
7. Rethink Your Mornings and Evenings. Are the mornings a mad rush for you to get out the door? Do you switch off the TV at night and go straight to bed? I have personally experienced the profound benefits of establishing a routine in the morning and evening. For example, in the morning you may choose to wake an hour earlier and spend the time working on yourself, whether it be reading, writing or exercising. In the evening, consider spending some time just before bed reviewing your day or in meditation.
8. Celebrate Your Successes. During a normal day we are sure to have some minor successes. Perhaps you have successfully dealt with a difficult customer, made a sale, or received a nice compliment for your work. These aren’t events worth throwing a party for, but why not take a moment to celebrate your success? Share the experience with someone else, reward yourself with a nice lunch, or just give yourself a mental pat on the back.
When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way.
The new supermarket near our house has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh
Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of distant thunder and the smell of fresh rain.
When you approach the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and witness the scent of fresh hay.
When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cluck and cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of bacon and eggs frying.
The veggie department features the smell of fresh buttered corn.
I don’t buy toilet paper there any more.
When you can’t have what you want, it’s time to start wanting what you have.
LAWS TO LIVE BY
Law of Mechanical Repair – After your hands become coated with grease, your nose will begin to itch or you’ll have to pee.
Law of the Workshop – Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.
Law of Probability – The probability of being watched is directly proportional to the stupidity of your act.
Law of the Telephone – If you dial a wrong number, you never get a busy signal.
Law of the Alibi – If you tell the boss you were late for work because you had a flat tire, the very next morning you will have a flat tire
Variation Law – If you change lines (or traffic lanes), the one you were in will start to move faster than the one you are in now.
Law of the Bath – When the body is fully immersed in water, the telephone rings.
Law of Close Encounters – The probability of meeting someone you know increases dramatically when you are with someone you don’t want to be seen with.
Law of the Result – When you try to prove to someone that a machine won’t work, it will.
Law of Biomechanics – The severity of the itch is inversely proportional to the reach.
Law of the Theater – At any event, the people whose seats are furthest from the aisle arrive last.
Law of Coffee – As soon as you sit down to a cup of hot coffee, your boss will ask you to do something which will last until the coffee is cold.
Murphy’s Law of Lockers – If there are only two people in a locker room, they will have adjacent lockers.
Law of Rugs/Carpets – The chances of an open-faced jelly sandwich landing face down on a floor covering are directly correlated to the newness and cost of the carpet/rug.
Law of Location – No matter where you go, there you are.
Law of Logical Argument – Anything is possible if you don’t know what you are talking about.
Brown’s Law – If the shoe fits, it’s ugly.
Latest survey shows that 3 out of 4 people make up 75% of the world’s population.
On television my 88 year old stepfather and I saw an attractive woman wearing an evening gown with leg openings going all the way up to her waist. "Why do they wear gowns like that?" he asked.
"Maybe that style makes their legs look longer," I speculated.
"No," he said," I think it makes the men look longer."
Don’t hate yourself in the morning – sleep till noon.
As the lawyer slowly came out of the anesthesia after surgery, he said, "Why are all the blinds drawn, doctor?"
"There’s a big fire across the street," the doctor replied. "We didn’t want you to think the operation was a failure."
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
My wife called me as she was driving to an appointment.
She arrived and I could tell from her voice that she was getting frustrated. Finally, she said, "I know I had my cell phone with me. And now I can’t find it!"
I replied, "Aren’t you talking on it?"
There was a solid period of stunned silence as the reality of the situation sank in, followed by, "You are not going to tell anybody about this!"
Keep away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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