Advice To A Younger Friend – Wisdom about what matters most

As I become a bit older and wiser, I take the opportunity to review my successes and failures, the opportunities that have come my way, and most importantly, how I want to proceed in the next phase of my life. Looking back over my life, I sometimes wish I had an older, wiser person to help me to see what really matters in life, to instill clarity, a sense of calm, focus and self-assuredness as I ventured through this complex world of ours. So let me take a moment for sharing some insight that I’ve discovered into what matters most.

  1. You are your first priority. Stress management, exercise, nutrition and strong relationships are key to healthy living.
  2. Surround yourself with people that love you and support your growth. Be with people that embody attributes and values you cherish.
  3. Try to eradicate over-obligating yourself and question every time you say ‘yes’ and ‘I should.’  You’ll be surprised and delighted how much time and energy you now have to do things that are really important to you.
  4. Love and accept yourself. Nothing is more powerful than self-acceptance, love, forgiveness and respecting yourself. It provides healthy, kind, and supportive empowerment.
  5. Spend time in nature. This is one of the more profound ways to de-stress, clear your mind of clutter and experience feelings of well-being, calm and awe.
  6. Practice mindfulness and self awareness. Slowing down, being present, and becoming familiar with your moods, motivations and deepest desires are critical if you want to live a meaningful, abundant and productive life.
  7. Take responsibility for your life. You are responsible for your own life and blaming outside circumstances for what happens in your life will keep you stuck, frustrated and angry.
  8. Don’t worry what other people think of you. The most important approval you need is from yourself and no one else.
  9. Practice forgiveness. By not forgiving, the only person you are hurting is yourself.
  10. Daily gratitude practice. Experience the feeling of gratitude and take 5 minutes to right down a quick list of everything you are grateful for.

a1 Lori I am Happy healthy blessed Yoga-Sunrise_10

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