Advertisement

Everyday Inspiration

Everyday Inspiration

10 Things to Say or Do Every Day

“Give in to love or live in fear.” – Jonathan Larson

Several years ago while travelling on business in New York City, I had the opportunity to see the Broadway musical Rent. Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning musical tells the story of one year in the life of a group young adults struggling with love, loss and AIDS in the late 1980s in New York’s East Village.

The power and theme of the show still resonates with me today.

The message in Rent tells us there is No Day But Today. It reminds us that life is temporary, and without guarantees. But rather than living in fear, we should embrace and live each day to its fullest.

Larson’s musical tells us not to rent our lives, but to own them.

But how do we do this? No Day But Today does not have to be a cliché, feel-good expression – it can be a choice. The following list of 10 things to say or do every day helps me to get the most out of my life, each day – I hope it helps you, too.

1. Say “thank you” to anyone who has helped you or has made your day easier. This will show respect and acknowledge the efforts the others. Respect will be returned to you in due course.

2. Slow down and do nothing. Take about 15 minutes each day and grab a cup of coffee or tea and give yourself time to think about whatever it is you want to think about. You will be surprised at the inspiration that will come to you.

3. Complete one item on your “to do” list. Return the overdue telephone call, clean-up your email inbox, or get an oil change for your car. By accomplishing just one thing that has been gnawing at you, will give you a much-needed sense of relief and accomplishment.

4. Eat at least one good meal. Not to sound like your mother, but you are what you eat. Eat something nourishing and healthy each day.

5. Perform one act of random kindness. Hold the elevator door open for someone who is a few steps behind you or lift the bag and place it in the overhead bind on the airplane for someone who can’t manage this task. Kindness breeds more kindness. The concept of “paying it forward” is real and effective.

6. Listen, really listen to someone. Listen without judgments or criticism. Try to avoid any self-referencing and be fully present for whoever needs it.

7. Focus on one thing at a time. You can’t be all things to all people, not even to yourself.

8. Review your goals. If you have not put your goals in writing, do this today. There is a direct and proven correlation between people who have written, stated goals and their level of accomplishment compared to people who do not. Care to guess which group has the higher success rate with reaching their goals?

9. Say “No” more often. This was sound counterproductive, but it’s all about setting realistic boundaries for you. Show honor for your personal beliefs and convictions by not compromising who you are. Save your energy for the people and tasks that are the most important to you.

10. Say “I love you” to the people who you truly love and cherish. Do so with heart-felt sincerity. Love them as if this were their, and your, last day on earth. Don’t wait; tell them today because there is no day but today.

About Alex Blackwell
Alex Blackwell is a father, husband and writer.

  • Pingback: Everyday Inspiration’s 10 Must Reads – Part One - Everyday Inspiration

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Lourdes

    Great advices, simple to do and great soul’s satisfaction. Lovely!

  • http://www.websterhealthyways.com Anthony

    Thanks for No. 9. I tend to be too flexible, sometimes bending over backwards in other people’s favour. This has helped me to make a very important decision in my favour.

Previous Posts

Sunday Inspiration #76
Today’s Sunday Inspiration: No matter what you’re going through right now, when you hold onto your faith and the promise that hope brings, the pain will end and your heart will be restored once again. “H.O.P.E. Hold on, pain ends.” - Unknown Image Source: Google Images About Al

posted 8:09:19pm Mar. 28, 2015 | read full post »

10 Truths that Will Change Your Life
“Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” - Pema Chodron There’s an old adage that can change how you live. It goes something like, “people know the truth when they hear it.” This sage advice creates a reliable roadmap that can help you find some of the an

posted 7:44:07pm Mar. 25, 2015 | read full post »

10 Ways to Give Yourself a Break – Starting Today
“Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius You have probably heard it before, you are your own worst enemy. You are constantly pushing yourself to take care of everybody around you whether it is your spouse, your children, your friends or m

posted 12:14:57am Mar. 24, 2015 | read full post »

Sunday Inspiration #75
Today’s Sunday Inspiration: When the grief over the loss of a loved one feels suffocating, remember to breathe and hold onto the love the person will have always have in your heart. “As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.” - Cassandra Clare Image Source: Google

posted 11:52:05am Mar. 22, 2015 | read full post »

How to Feel Good on the Inside
"Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live." – Norman Cousins One of life's most important lesson is this: It’s less important how others see you and more important how you see yourself – and you how feel about yourself on the inside.

posted 4:22:06pm Mar. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Advertisement


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.