I received an email today from a great friend who is going through a not so pleasant time, BUT somehow she is finding the brighter side of things.
I absolutely LOVED the email and it made me think about a few things.
Many times in life we get distracted by the world around us. (happens to me everyday) And it is not our fault, but we need help getting us back on track. What keeps you grounded? For many of us it is the Bible and our faith in God, others quotes written on your mirror or in a quote book, and for some it is advice from whom we consider wise (John Allen most of the time). This list of advice is something to consider when you know those distractions are coming your way!
- Go to bed on time.
- Get up on time so you can start the day unrushed.
- Say No to projects that won't fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
- Delegate tasks to capable others.
- Simplify and unclutter your life.
- Less is more. (Although one is often not enough, two are often too many.)
- Allow extra time to do things and to get to places
- Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time; don't lump the hard things all together.
- Take one day at a time.
- Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
- Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
- Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc.
- K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
- Do something for the Kid in You everyday.
- Carry a spiritually enlightening book with you to read while waiting in line.
- Get enough rest.
- Eat right.
- Get organized so everything has its place.
- Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.
- Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good 'Thank you Jesus .'
- Laugh some more!
- Take your work seriously, but not yourself at all.
- Develop a forgiving attitude (most people are doing the best they can).
- Be kind to unkind people (they probably need it the most).
- Sit on your ego.
- Talk less; listen more.
- Slow down.
- Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.
- Every night before bed, think of one thing you're grateful for that you've never been grateful for before.
Life will throw you LEMONS but it is the LEMONADE you make with them that matters.
I think I'm going to work on 14.17.18. and 20 :)
'If God is for us, who can be against us?'