Inspiration for You and Your Friends: Rules for a Peaceful Life, Part One

July 1, 2013

Build Relationships by Sharing
Stories of Motivation and Inspiration

Number 2

Discover the qualities of friendship and share them with the people you know.

Discover the qualities of friendship and share them with the people you know.

One day when I was organizing various inspirational pieces I found while cleaning out my office — see the post from June 3, 2013 — I went out to dinner with my husband. Afterwards, we stopped at the market while I sat in the car and he ran into the store for milk, orange juice, and toilet paper. (More than that might have required I go in, and I was too tired for a shopping adventure.)

As I sat there waiting for him to return, I reflected on the inspirational pieces I would include in the blog for the rest of the year and which one should be used first. That’s when I remembered this piece and was amused that I was not taking its advice. There I was, given the opportunity to simply sit and watch the trees across the street while someone else was inside shopping.

That’s when I noticed this tree with the very unusual branches. Don’t know what it’s called, but it rather reminds me of a tree in a Dr. Seuss book. So I sat in the car enjoying the moment, and appreciating the advice I offer below.

Strange “Dr. Seuss” tree in the evening. I didn’t know what it was.
Strange “Dr. Seuss” tree in the evening.
I didn’t know what it was.

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Strange “Dr. Seuss” tree in a daytime photo. I still don’t know what it is. Do you?
Strange “Dr. Seuss” tree in a daytime photo.
I still don’t know what it is. Do you?

 

The list below is the first 12 of 35 recommendations (by an unknown source), many of which remind me of the article on Support4Change called The Marvelous Gift of Resting.

Consider which ones you need to take to heart and then share the list with friends who may also be in need of a little slowing-down advice. Since I assume you are like the rest of us and won’t completely change your work-too-much routine immediately, in 2014 I will share the rest of the list.

Suggested Method for Sharing Special Inspirational Posts

  1. Read the post
  2. Decide how it applies to you and choose to make a change in your life
  3. Think about a friend (or friends) who might enjoy receiving the inspiration
  4. Send a link to the post to a friend (or two) together with a few comments

 

Rules for a More Peaceful Life — Part One

  1. Slow down. You are not responsible for doing it all yourself, right now.
  2. Remember a happy, peaceful time in your past. Rest there. Each moment has richness that takes a lifetime to savor.
  3. Set your own pace. When someone is pushing you, it’s OK to tell them they’re pushing.
  4. Take nothing for granted: watch water flow, the corn grow, the leaves blow, your neighbor mow.
  5. Taste your food. It’s meant to delight as well as to nourish.
  6. Notice the sun and the moon as they rise and set. They are remarkable for their steady pattern of movement, not their speed.
  7. Quit planning how you’re going to use what you know, learn, or possess. The day’s gifts just are; be grateful and their purpose will be clear.
  8. When you talk with someone, don’t think about what you’ll say next. Thoughts will spring up naturally if you let them.
  9. Talk and play with children. It will bring out the unhurried little person inside you.
  10. Create a place in your home…at your work…in your heart…where you can go for quiet and recollection. You deserve it.
  11. Allow yourself time to be lazy and unproductive. Rest isn’t luxury; it’s a necessity.
  12. Listen to the wind blow. It carries a message of yesterday and tomorrow-and now. NOW counts.

 

Did you enjoy this post?
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