Things To Do Better

In the past 64 years I’ve learned many things, regretted some things, rejoiced over other things, wished I’d done some things differently, rued some choices I made, and so on. I think that these are the fairly usual thoughts of people my age. But, that being said, here are some things I can do better with the time I have left to me on this amazing earth:

  • Listen more and talk less
  • Smile at total strangers
  • Say “I love you” more often
  • Appreciate and love my family and friends more
  • Go out of my way to be kind
  • Play with my granddaughter more
  • Snuggle with my four cats more
  • Compliment at least one person every day
  • Give more, take less
  • Sing more
  • Pick up my ukulele and play more
  • Love more
  • Laugh more
  • Hug more
  • Write more
  • Read more
  • Kiss more
  • Bake more
  • Worry less
  • Plan less
  • Freak out less
  • Get angry a lot less
  • Pare down my possessions; pass on what I can
  • Let go of stuff that no longer matters
  • Stop focusing on what’s wrong; look at what’s right
  • Be amazed and be absolutely gobstruck at all the wonder and beauty all around me
  • Appreciate each sunrise and sunset
  • Howl at the full moon
  • Learn a few more phrases in Afrikkans, Italian, and Hawaiian
  • Find the funny as often as possible
  • Watch for owls and blue herons — they are breath-taking and wonderful
  • Keep an eye open for miracles — they are all around us every day

Life can be shorter than we think, and I don’t want to waste any more time just walking in place. Of course life events will temporarily stop me in my tracks; these things happen to us all. I often compare my life to others, envying all the things they’ve done and accomplished. Then in talking with someone else, this person will look at me and say, “wow–you’ve done so much in your life already!” I guess it’s all in how you look at things.

Today I make a conscious choice to just surf the top of the waves instead of tumbling below them.



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