Pointers for living life to its fullest…

At a time when my family is undergoing alot of changes and a whole lot of trama, my cousin in canada, who was unaware of my state of affairs, sent me this mail. It is simple and full of wisdom. Its strange how sometimes, when your in a particular situation, a particular quote fits your situation exactly and you can relate so rightly to it. In this particular incident every quote for probably written for me !!!

 Take a 10 – 30 minute walk every day and while you walk, SMILE

 ·          Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day

·          When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement….

o         My purpose is to _______________ today.

·          Live with the 3 E’s: Energy , Enthusiasm and Empathy

o       And the 3 F’s: Faith, Family and Friends

·          Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6

·          Dream more while you are awake

·          Try to make at least 3 people smile each day

·          Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn, pass all the tests, problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class, but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

·          Smile and laugh more, it will keep the energy vampires away.

  • Life isn’t fair, but it is still good.

 ·          Life is to short to waste time hating anyone.

·          Don’t take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.

·          You don’t have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.

·          Make peace with your past, so it won’t mess the present.

·          Don’t compare your life with others, you have no idea what their journey is all about.

·          Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, don’t save it for a special occasion, today is special.

·          No one is in charge of your happiness except you.  Forgive everyone for everything.

·          What other people think of you is none of your business.

·          Time heals everything.  Give time, time.

·          However good or bad a situation is, it will change.  Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will stay in touch.

·          Get rid of everything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.

·          Believe. The best is yet to come.

·          No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.

·          Do the right thing.

·          Call your family often.

·          Each night before you go to bed, complete the following statement….

o         I am thankful for……

o         Today I accomplished……

·          Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

·          Enjoy the ride.  Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don’t want to fast pass.  Make the most of it and enjoy the ride!

We all are carpenters.

What Goes Around Comes Around: (A short and inspirational Story of a Carpenter)

An elderly carpenter was ready to retire, and he told his boss of his plans to leave and live a more leisurely life with his wife. He would miss the paycheck, he could get by, but he needed to retire.

The contractor was sorry to see such a good worker go, and he asked the carpenter to build just one more house as a personal favor.

The carpenter said yes, but in time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work. He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials. It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

When the carpenter finished his work, the contractor came to inspect the house. He handed the front-door key to the carpenter. “This is your house,” contractor said. “It is my gift to you.”

The carpenter was shocked! What a shame! If he had only known he was building his own house, he would have done it all so differently.

So it is with us. We build our lives, a day at a time, often putting less than our best into the building. Then with a shock we realize we have to live in the house we have built.

If we could do it over, we would do it much differently. But we cannot go back…

You are the carpenter of your life. Each day you hammer a nail, place a board, or erect a wall. Your attitudes and the choices you make today build your “house” for tomorrow…