Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Comin’ in from “The Edge...”
40 Tips for Better Life in 2008

A friend of mine who’s been dealing with a serious debilitating illness for more than 20 years sent me this in an e-mail on Mother’s Day.

While his disease is life-threatening and he’s had a number of “close-calls” during this time, he doesn’t dwell on his disease and is one of the most joyful people I know. If he’s a follower of these 40 tips, maybe this is why!

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

3. Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

4. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, 'My purpose is to __________ today.'

5. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

6. Play more games and read more books than you did in 2007.

7. Make time to practice meditation and prayer. They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

8. Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

9. Dream more while you are awake.

10. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

11. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

12. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

13. Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

14. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

15. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

16. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

17. Smile and laugh more. It will keep the NEGATIVE BLUES away.

18. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

20. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

21. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

22. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

23. Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

24. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'In five years, will this matter?'

26. Forgive everyone for everything.

27. What other people think of you is none of your business.

28. REMEMBER GOD heals everything.

29. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

30. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

31. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

32. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

33. The best is yet to come.

34. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

35. Do the right thing!

36. Call your family often. (Or email them to death!!!)

37. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________.

38. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

39. Enjoy the ride. Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass. You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.

40. May your troubles be less, May your blessings be more, May nothing but happiness come through your door!


1 comment:

Esther said...

LOVE those!!! Must remember them.

I have recipe to help you with several items in #11 that I got from a magazine (it makes 2 servings; they say make it all at once and put half in fridge, but I just make half each day for two days) --

Take 2 green tea bags and make about 3/4 of a cup of green tea the night before, stick in fridge.

The next day, take half of that, throw in a blender (I use a magic bullet). Then you take an ice cube, toss that in. Take a cup of frozen blueberries, throw it in. 6oz of plain fat free yogurt then follows. Then 10 dry roasted unsalted almonds. Then a tablespoon of ground flax seed (i get the last two ingredients at Trader Joe's). Then just turn the blender on until smooth. It's DELICIOUS and really makes me feel good to start the day. Enjoy!

Eggs used to make me feel run down. Now I feel great each morning.