I opened Marc and Angel Chernoff’s fine book 1,000+ Little Things Happy Successful People do Differently to the article: 12 Things to start caring about today. It begins “Life is about taking chances. it’s about doing something you initially thought you could never do. It’s about being a little bit crazy, following your heart, and not worrying about every detail of what everyone else thinks. And above all, it’s about learning to love who you are and what you have.”
It then follows with the 12 self-caring tools, here they are:
1. Start caring about your own happiness.
2. Start caring about your goals and dreams.
3. Start caring about how you invest your time every day.
4. Start caring about how you think and what you think about.
5. Start caring about how you treat yourself.
6. Start caring about how you treat others.
7. Start caring about how others treat you.
8. Start caring about your health.
9. Start caring about your education and your personal growth.
10. Start caring about doing the best you can.
11. Start caring about all the wonderful things you have right now.
I must admit I fluctuate between fulfilling these things on a day to day basis, I suspect that society does too. Let’s have a look at what they say about caring:
1. Rule 6, Take care how you treat others, there is such a thing as karma.
2. If you worry too much, you are not giving Peace a chance: Give Peace a Chance.
3. Rule ten for me, be the best you can.
4. How many lives have you turned around, include your self in the total: Stand up for Something.
5. Really an Eckhart Tolle moment, Live in the Now.
6. As I say to the woman I love, remember to breathe next time we meet, that’s what love does to me: I will always Love You.
7. Joel Scott Osteen is an American televangelist based in Houston, Texas. Osteen’s televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries. His sermons also broadcast 24 hours a day on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Channel 128. Osteen has written seven New York Times Best Sellers. In 2004, his first book, Your Best Life Now, was released by Time Warner and debuted at the top of The New York Times Best Seller list. The book remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for more than 200 weeks.
8. Uncanny, it’s rule eight, take care of your health, both mental and physical: I’m Gonna Be.
9. Without the latter the former do not matter at all, they would be meaningless moments.
10. Imagine if every day was like a surprise birthday gift. Go on, you can do it: If Today Was Your Last Day.
11. Comes under rule nine for me, especially if you were or are parents. Start caring about their education and personal growth.
12. A mild harsh, but resonates being close to the truth for me: Making Excuses.
13. When is the right time and place to care, right here, right now…
14. The Buddhists have the four noble truths, so does the world of caring: If I sing you a Love Song.
15. Mandy Hale is affectionately known as The Single Woman TM around the world. In just over two years, Mandy has garnered a massive Twitter following of a half a million people from across the globe. With a heart to inspire single women to live their best lives and to never, ever settle, Mandy cuts to the heart of the matter with her inspirational, straight-talking, witty, and often wildly humorous take on life and love.
I have decided to finish this blog with Marc’s introspection for rule twelve: When I watched the Grammy Awards recently, I realised that many of the speeches musicians make when they accept an award go something like this: ” Thi means so much to me. My whole life has been leading up to this moment.” But the truth is, our whole lives have been leading up to every moment. Think about that for a second. Every single thing you’ve gone through in life, every high, every low, and everything in between, it has led you to this moment right now. This moment is priceless, and it’s the only moment guaranteed to you. This moment is your ‘life’. Don’t miss it.
If you are a regular reader you may have noticed I have a love affair with the work of Marc and Angel Chernoff, it has helped me through many a dark moment, I thank them for it.
Music today goes way back for a few – John Lennon and Yoko Ono start the journey, then we return to the present day with Andra Day, then flip back with Whitney Houston and The Proclaimers. Some rock from Nickelback, the little known Mr Heavenly, closing out with Bonnie Tyler.
Namaste until next time, my dear friends.
I think the universe is trying to tell me something, Rod! I’ve been listening to a couple of podcasts this morning and they were both exploring the importance of knowing and loving oneself as being our most basic and important task, and that through this we can give to others. A lovely blog, tthanks for sharing (and caring!)