Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.
Henry Van Dyke
Over the last few days I asked if you really knew yourself and even provided some tips on how you could discover who you really are today. I hope it has resulted in your gaining some insight you didn’t have before, it always does for me. Usually I end up seeing that there are things I am doing that are either not important, interesting or worth my time. Sometimes I even discover that there are things that make me uncomfortable and knowing what they are allows me to decide if I want to avoid them or confront them.
Many of us also discover that we load ourselves down with so much stuff that we have little time to reward ourselves with enjoyment. If you are in that category I would suggest that you lock in time for yourself everyday and make it a top priority. Unfortunately some of us do that and find that we have forgotten how to enjoy life. If you are one of those folks I have something for you, it is 30 simple ways to enjoy life published by Donald Latumahina a few years ago. Here is what he wrote:
Do you want to live a happy life? If you say yes like most people do, then it’s important to learn to enjoy life. Some people may think that they can only enjoy life when they already have a lot of money or have a successful career. But that’s not true. You can enjoy your life where you are with what you already have. You can enjoy your life now.
Here I will share with you how to enjoy life. But before that, I’d like to share two tips that are essential to live a happy life. The first one is to be grateful. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is. No matter how many pleasant things you do, if you don’t learn to be grateful you will always see things negatively.
The second one is to slow down. Life has a lot of simple things you can enjoy. But if you move too fast you will overlook most of them. So don’t be in a hurry. Don’t move too quick. Slow down and pay attention to the world around you. Most of the ways I’m about to share will work well only if you slow down.
With those two tips in mind, here are 30 ways to enjoy life. Pick the ones that work for you:
1.Enjoy your meal. Don’t just eat. Taste it and appreciate its richness.
2.Learn to cook.
3.Feel music and not just listen to it.
4.Play music. More than just listening, playing music allows you to express yourself.
6.Gather with old friends.
7.Take a walk in the park.
9.Read a novel.
10.Find and watch a movie you like. 11.Give yourself a lazy day.
12.Play board games with your friends.
13.Have a candle-light dinner with your spouse.
14.Play mini games.
16.See beautiful pictures.
17.Read inspiring quotes.
18.Learn to paint.
19.Read a classic book.
20.Exercise with friends.
21.Watch funny videos.
22.Play with kids.
23.Play a mind game.
24.Have a cup of coffee.
25.Get a massage.
26.Go to a museum.
27.Go to a theater.
30.Browse your photo album for your treasured memories.
I’m sure there are still a lot of other ways to enjoy life. What is your favorite way?
Look, I don’t want to wax philosophic, but I will say that if you’re alive you’ve got to flap your arms and legs, you’ve got to jump around a lot, for life is the very opposite of death, and therefore you must at very least think noisy and colorfully, or you’re not alive.
Why do we?
We will work hard on a farm so we can move into town where we can make more money so we can move back to the farm.
We spend untold thousands transporting kids a mile to school where we insist they exercise in their million dollar gyms.
We have more TV sets and watch more TV than any other country in the world, yet no TV sets are manufactured in the US.
We have more time saving appliances and devices than ever before in history and never have time to do anything.
We insist on strict enforcement of traffic laws but are highly offended should we get ticketed for a violation.
In the office we talk about baseball, shopping or fishing, but when we’re at the game, we talk about business, shopping or fishing.
We’re highly offended by any reference to sex on TV during the times kids are watching, but never notice the violence, mayhem and murder.
We’re supposed to be one of the most civilized Christian nations on earth, but we still can’t deliver payrolls without an armored car.
We demand a good balance of trade, yet lust after almost any imported product.
We have more food to eat than any other country in the world and more diets to help keep us from eating it.
"Everybody is Ignorant, just on different subjects."
Stumpy prepared a pasta dish for a dinner party he was giving. In his haste, however, he forgot to refrigerate the spaghetti sauce, and it sat on the counter all day. He was worried about spoilage, but it was too late to cook up another batch. He called the local Poison Control Center and voiced his concern. They advised Stumpy to boil the sauce again. That night, the phone rang during dinner, and a guest volunteered to answer it. Stumpy’s face dropped as the guest called out,
"It’s the Poison Control Center. They want to know how the spaghetti sauce turned out."
The trouble with being punctual is that no one notices it when you are.
A new bride who was a bit embarrassed to be known as a honeymooner. So when she and her husband pulled up to the hotel, she asked him if there was any way that they could make it appear that they had been married a long time.
He responded, "Sure. You carry the suitcases!"
Why do you get on a bus and a train but get into a car?
A man traveling in southern Indiana was headed for the Kentucky border…when he saw a large sign… "LAST CHANCE FOR $2.25 GAS!!!"
He still had more than a quarter of a tank left, but figured he’d better take advantage of this opportunity to fill-up his tank.
As he was getting his change from the attendant, he asked, "How much is gas in Kentucky?"
The attendant replied, "$2.10…"
It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth — and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up — that we will begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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