Doing some cleaning-out (Yes, I am trying to do the Marie Kondo method – not super successfully, but trying!), I just found a list of “quotes” in a notebook from about 10 years ago. They are a bit of guidance to myself on how to live life fully – using your mind and making conscious choices.
And they are as true today as they were 10 years ago…
- Spend time on things you value
- Tell friends you appreciate them and why
- Get the “should out”, and the “can’t” too
- Our thoughts are either handcuffs or springboards; take off the handcuffs
- Choose your reaction to any situation
- Do something (small) everyday that you love to do
- Choose to be happy
Apparently I knew all this stuff 10 years ago.
So why am I still struggling with doing so many of them? I am working on them more intentionally now in retirement. I have spent time determining what I value. I do reach out to friends more intentionally with appreciation. I am intentionally making choices – to find joy in each day, to do things I want to do (not should do), to break through my barriers (release the handcuffs).
So no, the knowing hasn’t made the doing any easier. But I now have time to intentionally focus on the doing. Maybe in another 10 years they won’t be a list of guidance, but a list of how I live life.
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