Someday life seems so complicated, yet other days we are in total flow: What is the difference? My friend Marc Chernoff suggests that there are things we should cease doing so we have more days of the latter. Here are Marc’s ideas:
- Stop berating yourself for being a work in progress.
- Stop doing immoral things just because you can.
- Stop meaning what you don’t say.
- Stop wasting time and money trying to acquire more of everything.
- Stop spending time with negative people.
- Stop trying to change people.
- Stop being lazy and cutting corners.
- Stop procrastinating,
- Stop worrying and complaining.
- Stop being dramatic.
- Stop trying to be everything to everyone.
- Stop making promises you can’t keep.
- Stop blaming others.
- Stop reacting without a plan.
- Stop confusing being busy with being productive.
- Stop over-committing and trying to do too much at once.
- Stop being inefficient simply because you’ve always done it that way.
- Stop cluttering your space.
- Stop overloading your mind by consuming useless information.
- Stop obsessing over the past and the future.
- Stop waiting for things to be perfect.
- Stop focussing so much energy on trying to avoid mistakes.
- Stop making emotional decisions.
- Stop being unhealthy.
- Stop holding onto intimate relationships that make you unhappy.
- Stop holding onto hate.
- Stop pretending like you know everything.
- Stop giving what you don’t want to receive.
Deep down in our hearts, we know these things would be good for us if we took them on. I wouldn’t recommend taking more than a few at a time, there is that adage new habits take 21 days to cement in place.
How far back does the advice on living life with ease go? Let’s have a look:
1. Apparently, a long way: here is some wisdom on the subject from Confucius, who lived in China in the Fifth Century B.C.
2. Time in nature is such a decluttering of the mind: Medicine.
3. Some people prefer to complicate their life and even die before they make the changes that will benefit them.
4. Physically steps are always forward, metaphorically, I am not so sure: Neon Blue.
5. And then there is always an act of service.
6. Are Kiss really a rock group on an acronym for a life less complicated: I was made for Loving You.
7. Within the framework of his science-fiction stories, Heinlein repeatedly addressed certain social themes: the importance of individual liberty and self-reliance, the obligation individuals owe to their societies, the influence of organized religion on culture and government, and the tendency of society to repress nonconformist thought. He also speculated on the influence of space travel on human cultural practices.
8. Self-explanatory really, each sunrise brings a new beginning if we are willing: A New Day Has Come.
9. Start learning from your mistakes. Smile, then move on.
10, Nike!!: Beat It.
11. Love and Respect for All, Everybody Included.
12. To turn left or right at the intersection, either way, It could profoundly change your life: Thinking Out Loud.
13, Mini de complication list.
14, Less complicated does not mean easy to do, they are entirely different things: It’s Not Easy,
15, Finally, a reminder to surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be:, they are totally on your side.
What could you do to make your days less complicated, I’m sure there is something in this list that could empower you to live a less cluttered life, physically and mentally, go forward and try some on.
Today’s playlist contains some of the music industry heavies. We begin with the newbies, Queen Naija and Steps. Then four monoliths – Kiss, Celine Dion, Michael Jackson and Ed Sheeran. We finish with a visit to the African continent with Lucky Dube: Make Your Life Simple But Significant.
A way I find to not complicate my life is to show Love and Respect to All, Everyone Included. Best wishes until next time we meet, my dear friends.