Seven Things That Will Change Your Life Today

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Seven Things That Will Change Your Life Today

7 Things That Will Change Your Life

Now that the New Year’s resolutions have all been made and broken, it’s time to take a good hard look at your life and consider the REAL changes you want to make this year.

Life is about choices.

We all get to make choices.

Our choices have consequences…. both good and bad.

You can’t control other people’s choices …. but you can control how you react to other people’s choices.

Number One:   Give Thanks

I don’t care if you’re living in a shoe box with the town drunk, you can give thanks for something.  Give thanks for your breath (even if it smells like a sewer), give thanks for the sky, the rain, the sunshine, your thumbs or your radiant smile.

Taking the time to give thanks everyday will change your outlook on life.

The last few years have been some of the toughest of my life but I still have a lot to be thankful for, including an amazing son, wonderful friends and family, down pillows, indoor plumbing, fuzzy slippers and chocolate.  I might even be willing to give up the fuzzy slippers.

Number Two:   Slow Down Or Speed-up

Just because the world is spinning like a gagillion miles per hour, doesn’t mean you have to, but you also don’t need to sit on your patootie for weeks before taking action on a project.

Make yourself slow down.  Pay attention to the details.  Speeding through a task can lead to expensive and stressful mistakes.   Spending days doing research without taking action can lead to information overload.  Learn to have balance in your life.  Don’t rush into a project but also don’t lose the momentum.

Slowing down also means taking more time for family.  LISTEN to your kids.  Shut off the phone, computer and TV.

Slowing down does not mean spending the day playing Solitaire on you computer.

Learning to slow down will give you the opportunity enjoy your life not just buzz through your life.

Speeding-up will force you to take action.  The key is to know when to speed-up and when to slow-down.

Number Three:  Live Generously

Let me be clear and upfront about this … I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT GIVING AWAY ALL YOUR MONEY TO CHARITY!

Although … that is not a bad idea!

What I mean by LIVING generously is having a generous attitude towards others.  For example, it’s letting some one go ahead of you in the grocery store line, it’s giving your umbrella away on a rainy day, or stopping to say words of encouragement to the neighborhood kids.

In other words …. be generous with yourself and your time.

Give to those who can’t give back.

Give to those who don’t deserve it.

Living a life filled with small giving moments will chase away thoughts of depression and selfishness and in the end will make you happier and more productive.

Number Four:  Take Responsibility

Even if it is NOT your fault!

Stuff happens..  You can’t change that!

Blaming others is unproductive and leaves you stuck in the problem.

Take responsibility for YOUR actions.

What could YOU have done differently?

How can YOU fix this?

If you can’t change it, let it go.  Move on.

Learn from your mistakes and your successes.

Number Five:  Laugh

Laughter doeth good like a medicine!

If you can’t laugh at yourself and life in general, then why bother getting up in the morning?

Laughter makes life worth living.

There is nothing better than making someone laugh.

Find the humor in everything.

Even if you don’t have a sense of humor, you can add laughter to your life.

Surround yourself with positive people, watch funny movies and videos.

Keep laughter close at hand.

Number Six:  Make the Hard Choices

Don’t worry and fret over the future and don’t hold off making those hard choices.

The longer you hold out ….the longer the stress..

If you know you need to make a change, do it NOW.

If you’re not sure what to do … do something!

It’s better to deal with a wrong decision than to make no decision.

At lease with the wrong decision, you are in control of your life.

Number Seven:  Forgiveness

Without forgiveness… nothing else in your life will work.

Start with forgiving yourself.  Let go of yesterday and start building tomorrow.  You are no longer the person you were, you are NOW the person you ARE.  Everyone changes to some degree.

Next, Forgive others.  It doesn’t matter how bad they hurt you, you must FORGIVE THEM for your own sanity.

Holding onto anger and vengeance only hurts YOU and keeps you from finding the peace and happiness you deserve.

Forgiveness is not a one-time thing.  It’s a daily thing.  Every day you must choose to forgive.

 

Change is never easy but small changes over time create massive benefits.

Here’s to Change :-)

 

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2 Comments

  1. John Doe says:

    This is crap, believeing in self consumed ingorance. Live as the wind blows is what you mean. Do to others and leave them behind, never taking responsibilities and following through. NO COMMITMENT towards what matters, just self consuming ideas that dance in one’s head. NO WAY! GOD WANTS COMMITMENT IN ONE’S LIFE, examples throughout life. How can God trust you, if you can’t show COMMITMENT by following through. I want it my way and screw what others believe in. NO that doesn’t cut it and never will in God’s eyes. How can anyone see you as a caring person, living in selfish ways that you have made a habit of living?
    Start with forgiving yourself, (SELFISHNESS). Let go of yesterday and start building tomorrow, (UNCARING, TURNING YOU BACK ON OTHERS SO YOU CAN HAVE IT YOUR WAY TOMORROW, WRONG THINKING). Small changes over time create massive benefits, (WRONG, IT ONLY LEAVES YOU GOING TO AND FRO, TOSSED EVER WHICH WAY. Into self consumed thinking! You know, in a way your talking about self greed, how to use it for your benefit to be happy. That’s wrong in God’s eyes, and He will turn His back on you, till you see the light. I’ve been there and done that. Everyone, must come to His ways and not our own. Staying losted in a church will lead you to HELL, faster that a non-believer ignorant of God’s Will. So seek God not of yourself. This is humanistic thinking at it’s finest, what your speaking. Only God can save you, nothing on your part.

    • Karen Kramer says:

      You sound very angry but, as I said in the post, you have a right to choose how you live. I choose to live for God by forgiving, by taking time to praise him for the many blessings and joys in my life, by living generously, by seeking his guidance, but at the same time being willing to take responsibility for my wrong choices and by moving at HIS pace. You may consider this self-centered, but for me I see it as God-centered. A merry heart truly does good like a medicine, perhaps you need a dose.

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