These maybe simple thoughts, some may even find me stating the obvious. But for most, these things don’t occur to them. We are often so caught up in the moment that we don’t realise how much of our time and energy is going waste. Life is as simple as we choose to make it. And these are few things I’ve learnt along the way.
DON’T WASTE YOUR ANGER: Don’t be angry with someone who doesn’t mean anything to you. It may be a negative emotion, but it is still yours.
LOOK AT THE SOLUTION: Focus on the solving or salvaging the situation rather than always highlighting a problem or venting about the damage done.
LIVE YOUR DREAM: Doing what you love and earning from it is easier said than done. But it’s way better than spending 8 hours everyday, 6 days a week doing something you dislike or are disinterested in. That’s a minimum of 48 hours waster every week. You don’t have to quit your job and sit at home. But you could start taking small steps towards doing what you love to do. Do a course to learn the skill on weekends or start applying for the kind of jobs that would make you happy. You never know which doors open once you try turning the door knob.
GIVE AS GOOD AS YOU TAKE & VICE VERSA: No pun intended, but ‘give’ and ‘take’, both are equally important. Identify which one you are – a giver or a taker? If you are the former learn to ask for what you need and want. What’s the worst that will happen? You will hear a ‘no’? It’s ok. But the chances of hearing a ‘yes’ are higher. Identifying yourself as a ‘taker’ is harder because it is often equated with being selfish. But being selfless isn’t any better. So accept your nature and work towards giving back. It’s easier to give than to ask for what you want.
COMPLIMENT PEOPLE: Very often we see someone wearing a nice pair of shoes or clothes, but we keep the thought to ourselves or whisper the same to our friends. Instead if you pass the person whose shoes you liked, tell them so. So what if the person is a stranger? The worst that could happen is that you will get a lovely smile and a warm ‘thank you’ in return.