I love birthdays. They are the day to celebrate each other; the unique individuals we are.
Soon my father is turning 70 years old and I’m turning 40. I’m celebrating at a party, in London, and my family will all be there with my baby niece (who’s only weeks old) and my grandmother in her ’90s.
It is easy to reminisce at the time of one’s birthday, here are a 25 snippets of wisdom for a better life that have helped me along the way.
25 snippets of wisdom for a better life
- “Everything will be all right in the end… if it’s not all right then it’s not yet the end.” Thanks to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel for that.
- Do a digital detox, you’ll find time you didn’t know you had.
- Getting outside for a daily walk is good for you; we need to walk more, bike more and drive less.
- If you don’t like your life, instigate change. Start with one small change, stick at it.
- Failure isn’t bad, it’s a chance to evaluate and learn. It sounds trite, but it’s true.
- Don’t be so busy you miss the amazing moments in life. Learn to be “un-busy.”
- “I’m not that interesting.” Being humble is good.
- Sit down at a table for dinner with no distractions. We can’t expect family or friends to be happy if we don’t tune into their lives.
- We need less clothes and “stuff” than advertisers would have us think.
- Reading books keeps your brain working and broadens your world. Join the library today! Always keep learning about new things.
- Most of what is on sale in shops we do not need. Have a “Buy Nothing Month,” it helps get out of the habit of buying unnecessary things.
- No one has it all together despite what they tell you.
- If a new diet or food sounds too good to be true then it probably is.
- Much of what is on social media is hyperbole. The less time you spend on social media the happier and more productive you’ll be.
- We don’t always need to speak! Sometimes it’s better to keep quiet and be thought a fool.
- Always seek to make the world a better place; the world and its resources are not here for our convenience.
- Vote: you can’t expect a better future if you aren’t part of the solution.
- Ask yourself “what will be my legacy?” Take a stand about something.
- Don’t litter. If you see litter pick it up.
- We have to make sacrifices and we can’t have it all, accept it and move on.
- Save 10 per cent of your income for a rainy day.
- Give 10 per cent of your income to charity.
- Listen more, speak less. Master the art of enjoying silence.
- Ask yourself, “How can I simplify my life?” Start by simplifying one thing each week for the rest of the year, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
- Write a letter to someone each month; a parent, grandparent, cousin, or old friend. Letters can make someone’s day, even their year. Write!
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