I began looking around the internet and leafing through some books to inspire ideas about 'You.'
I was surprised by how many had titles like 'Simplify Your Life With These 25 Rules' and 'Sixty Ways To Improve Your Life' and 'A Better You In 100 Days.'
Most of them had lists of one kind of another, and as I went through them, sifting the wheat from the chaff, I discovered that there were some points that showed up on virtually every list. In no particular order, they are:
Whether it leads you to cut back on your commitments or reduce the amount of your possessions, it's sound advice that can be applied in nearly any situation.
Exercise: it doesn't matter how you move - it only matters that you do.
There's a reason every culture and every great religion has a version of The Golden Rule.
Never stop learning. Learn something new every day. If you stop learning, you stop living.
Being thankful is good; keeping a gratitude journal is better; expressing your gratitude to others is best of all.
Smile even when you don't feel like it. Especially when you don't feel like it.
Set goals. You will have focus, direction, and a framework for what you want to achieve.
Even if you aren't trying to lose weight, try to eat healthy. Proper nutrition will help you feel better, think better, sleep better, BE better.
Be present. Don't go on autopilot and let life pass you by unnoticed. Pay attention and live in the moment.
Share what you have. Give of your time, your effort, your help, your compassion. Give to the world, and give from the heart.
You can be alone without being lonely. Discover solitude. You spend so much time on necessities, and so much time on others. Don't forget to spend some time on yourself.
Moderation and balance work in tandem. You can still experience the highs (and lows) of life without them interfering with your forward momentum. Find balance.
To these, I would add one more, a reminder that serves me as an affirmation: Choose Happiness.
Are you the best you can be?
I'll confess: I'm not.
I know I can be better than I am. I can't be 'perfect,' but I know I can be better. I'll never stop trying.
"When you know better, you do better." --Maya Angelou