Note: It's the weekend.... so I thought this post might be appropriate...
How to live an easier life
Some people thrive on hardship, chaos, gossip, and drama. If you’re not one of them or you don’t want to be one of them, you don’t have to buy into that way of living or thinking. At one time or another we have all fallen into the “if only” trap. “If only” I were rich, life would be easier. “It only” I were beautiful/handsome, life would be easier. “If only” I were more popular, life would be easier, etc.
If those wishes came true, they would do little to make life easier, happier, or brighter. It’s our internal workings, our minds that make life easy or hard. Work from the inside out and you may find life much easier. Here are a few ways to get started:
1. Give up your expectations of how you think life should be. No matter what you expect, life will most often surprise you and give you something else. What life gives you might be just as good as what you expected but will you allow yourself to enjoy it? In most cases, if your expectations are not met, you’ll be disappointed. If you have no expectations, you won’t be disappointed and you just might allow yourself to enjoy what happens without making your life harder by being disappointed over your unfulfilled expectations.
2. Live in the present. We can spend endless hours worrying about yesterday and tomorrow. It is, of course, appropriate to be prepared for tomorrow. If you have committed to do something for your job, your family, or your friends, you must be prepared to follow through. “Live in the present” doesn’t mean that you don’t take care of your obligations. Instead, it means that in any situation, remind yourself to enjoy the present moment. It will make life so much easier and more enjoyable.
3. Be true to yourself. You will make your life so much easier if you don’t fill it up with activities, events, clubs, associations, etc., that mean nothing to you. So many times, our lives become crammed with club meetings and activities that we enjoyed at one time but have lost their sparkle. Nothing says you have to continue with any activity that does not serve a purpose in your life. One of the best ways to make your life easier is to weed out all the activities that are no longer useful to you. Your life will become so much easier if you boil it down to meaningful activities only.
4. Simplify. With all the responsibilities we face in everyday life, it all becomes too complicated at times. To make things easier, look for ways to simplify each aspect of your life. If you reduce a ten-step task to a five-step task, you’ve probably freed up some time for you. For example, if you always go to a laundromat on a certain night despite the fact that it’s always crowded and it takes you twice as long as it should, you’re only making life harder for yourself. By trying that same Laundromat at another time, or another night you may be pleasantly surprised.
In summary, look at all the activities and chores in your life and determine ways to simplify them and you’ll not only make life easier, but free up time for things you enjoy.