Sunday, February 24, 2013

Changes, Checks & Balances

Change is both constant and inevitable. Two trees that grow next to one another adapt for mutual survival. I suppose we could all learn a little something from trees. When you stop changing, dreaming, believing and working toward something, you get a little closer to death; spiritually, anyway. But when you stop adapting for the mutual survival of those near and dear to you, the same thing happens. You get just a little closer to the death of a relationship. It’s your responsibility to morph and change as the winds blow through your branches. And, if you don’t, don’t be surprised when you get left behind.

Make a promise, keep a promise…and stuff
I’ve learned some rather incredible lessons over these last few months, and (to be blunt) the lessons I’ve learned are life-altering, changeable, living, breathing concepts that we all need to either learn or re-visit from time to time. And as most great lessons do, they came at the cost of making many mistakes, of making a lot of choices -- good and bad -- but, they also came at the price of learning from each one. And, isn't that what life is all about anyway? 

Yet, I digress. I have list, and I want to share it with you today. If you want to be happy, it really only takes a few simple rules. 

  • If you make a promise, keep it.
  • Understand that sooner or later, good comes to those who do good; joy comes to those who bring humor to others; opportunity comes to those who persist in their dreaming.
  • Don’t talk about what you are going to do, instead, talk about what you’ve done.
  • Make sure that everything you do is a positive thing; things that make your heart happy.
  • Respect yourself enough to walk away from situations and people that don’t inspire you to be a better person than you were yesterday.
  • Be better.
  • Evolve. Don’t get stuck in the same routine.
  • Spend at least 30 minutes every day on personal growth and development.
  • Forgive people.
  • Forgive yourself.
  • Be more understanding, tolerant and able to see things from other people’s perspective.
  • Understand that now isn’t always forever.
  • Don’t tell everyone everything; parts of your life are your own. Keep those sacred.
  • Smile more. In fact, smile every day. Make it a habit.
  • Make someone else smile everyday; make a goal. 
  • Evaluate your choices; change it up so that you make the choices best suited for you.
  • Stop living your life according to other people; they don’t have to deal with the consequences of the choices you do or do not make.
  • Believe.
  • Change.
  • Improve.
  • Listen to your heart when it speaks.
  • Stay strong, you can do whatever you need to do in the time you have.
  • Remember that time is limited. Quit planning for tomorrows you aren't' promised. Do it now, make the changes you need to today, take the trips you have been putting off, play in the dirt, sing in the shower, stop thinking about it and do it instead.
  • Having a social life is not the same as having a social media life. The first is better. 

So that’s what I’ve learned. What did I miss? Tell me.
If you have a topic you’d like me to tackle, leave me a comment.

Today’s choice of mine for the ‘Soundtrack of Life’ fits, because it was what I was listening to that inspired me to finish this blog off the way I did.


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