Most of us like to think we are without faults, but the honest truth is each of us has our own share of shortcomings. Recognising and acknowledging them is a first step in the way of overcoming them. There is always room for improvement. A bunch of small but significant refinements, taken up one at a time can make a big difference to our lives.
As Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher, says…
“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
This simple truth can form the basis of this discussion. Let us see what we can do to make our life more purposeful and meaningful.
- Quit Worrying: Worrying does not have the power to solve a problem, but it certainly possesses the power to create more problems for us. The primary cause of ill health and unhappiness can be attributed to worrying unnecessarily about things we have no power to change.
- Quit procrastination: If there is something that is truly in short supply, it would be time. As we age, we often wish we had more time on our hand. We almost always have plenty of it, but it is just that we often fail to make good use of it.
- Quit looking for approval: You cannot please everyone. Do what is right and stop looking for endorsement from others. It is an exercise in futility. Instead, think of ways to be happier than you were yesterday.
- Take up a hobby: Gardening is a great hobby to pursue. It can make you marvel at the power of nature. It can keep you involved. It can give you a sense of fulfilment like no other. But anything that keeps you away from your comfortable settee is good for you.
- Take time to look around you: It is a beautiful world out there. Take a look around you. Stop to admire that beautiful flower blooming in your garden. Did you notice how it is already attracting butterflies and birds?
- Take up reading: Make a list of 50 good books to read. In case you need help, there are ready-made lists prepared by authoritative sources on the net. Never miss an opportunity to do some thinking. It is a great exercise for our grey cells.
- Pay attention to your health: Your happiness depends largely on your health and fitness. Start a fitness regimen – Yoga, aerobics, brisk walking or any other – if you have not already done so and see the difference it can make.
Finally, set aside some time for yourself every day. When was the last time you sat alone and thought about your life? Settle down in your favourite chair, put your feet up, take a deep breath, and do absolutely nothing!