I realized then that "I sure attended a lot of meetings" or "I really helped make a lot of rich folks richer" or "I got the nice house and the nice car I wanted" were not answers that would satisfy. I realized that I wanted a life that was meaningful, purposeful, and connected. I think we all do. Here are the 10 easy [not really] ways to have the life that will allow you to live and leave your life with satisfaction:
- Strive to appreciate every bit of beauty, kindness, good fortune, and warmth you can find
It is far easier to complain about what's wrong but it makes you far happier and nicer to be with if you are a person that is grateful for everything. If you can rejoice in a good cup of tea, you will be happy often.
- Assume the best of people
You may be wrong sometimes, but expecting the worst makes you fearful and shrivels your soul. Expecting the best often brings out the best in others around you - it is a gift that blesses them and you.
- Don't play it safe all the time
Take some risks with your life. It is better to have tried and failed than to carry deep regrets in your vocation, your avocation, your connections, or your love.
Nothing worthwhile comes without effort including growth, change, skills, learning, and especially the strength of relationships. If you give up at everything that does not come easily, you will have nothing worthwhile.
- Give generously with your heart, your hands, and your wallet
In serving others, we soften our often hard isolated selves and become part of the larger whole.
- Remember every day that your life is precious
Can you really afford to waste this day?
- Let yourself be vulnerable
Love can be both exquisitely wonderful and exquisitely painful. We can't have the former without risking - and often suffering - the latter.
- Don't take yourself too seriously - laugh!
Laugh at yourself, your situation, and the whole tragedy of life. Take it all seriously and it will crush you. Take it lightly and you may find burdens floating away like clouds.
- Have fun - it's not a crime
If you have only one life to live, must you really spend it being serious all the time?
- Forgive easily
Carrying anger harms both you and the target of your resentment. If it is possible, let it go.
No, they are not easy. Every one of these takes work and takes practice. That's life!