‘Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.’
The Dalai Lama
We so often fill our days with unnecessary stress and strife by focusing on the negative instead of the positive, taking part in mean-spirited and hurtful gossip, making mountains out of mole hills, or bickering over issues that in the larger scheme of things are inconsequential. We can help ourselves to bring things into better perspective because truly,the time that we spend on such pettiness is too precious to waste.
Remembering the words of Confucius, ‘Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.’ …..focus on the beauty in your life today.
‘Taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn’t come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself. For the first time in a long time, I can, quite literally, smell the coffee.’