Friday, April 17, 2015

The quality of our days

I'm at that stage of life where I have many more years behind me than I have ahead of me. That doesn't bother me, however. For I hold to the philosophy that it's not how old you are but how you are old. I also think happiness isn't about the quantity of my days but about the quality of them.

That said, I'm thinking about all the ways I can tweak things in my life so I savor more moments rather than simply pass through them as though I'm sleepwalking. I want to live more awake and aware. I want to notice who and what is around me. I want to pay attention to the beauty that's there every day but that I often overlook in the busyness or the rush of life. In fact, I want to S-L-O-W down a bit, too, and not live that chaotic, rushed lifestyle that seems to be the sign of our times.

To do that, I need more than wishful thinking, though. I need to actually put a few steps into place that will help me live more awake and aware. This is what I'll do for starters:

• Revive my use of a Gratitude Journal. That helps me focus on blessings around me.
• Take a break from whatever work I'm doing every hour to just stop and look around me. What do I see? What do I feel? What jumps out at me?
• Each night think of two or three adjectives that describe things I saw, felt or experienced that day.
• Tell people when I'm thinking something positive about them or noticing something I appreciate about them.

What would you add to my list?

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