The Simplest of Things

  1. Use “Thank you” gratuitously. It is the only prayer you will ever need.
  2. Be mindful of your breath.  Without it, you wouldn’t be able to be mindful of your breath, or anything else.
  3. Eat your roughage.
  4. Stop becoming wound up on words – religious, agnostic, atheist, man, woman, straight, gay, good, bad, ugly, beautiful – these are just a few letters strung together – an inadequate representation of the human being they attempt to label.
  5. Stop talking. Look at the person with whom you are conversing. Listen to understand.
  6. Use your voice only to express the words of your heart.
  7. Kind is happy. Remember that kind action is always right, and always happy.
  8. Help old folks. Act as if they have a precious gem to offer you because they do.
  9. Do everything gently.
  10. Live with fearless faith, focus, and fortitude.
  11. Be an ambassador for peace.
  12. For everyone you meet today, be their inspiration.
  13. Follow your stressors. The people and circumstances that “push your buttons” hold the key to your freedom.
  14. Accept that everyone has an ego. Those who say they don’t have one or that they have it in check are selling you a line.  Those who understand the role of the ego do not have to broadcast their mastery – they embody it.
  15. Reframe your fear. Profess to love it.  Shift your perception – envision yourself loving it and then act as if you do.  Your body won’t know the difference.
  16. Make friends with your Constant Traveler. Practice loving self-talk.
  17. Embrace your 1st Nature, the innocent humanity into which you were born.
  18. Explore what it means to “know better.” You express what you know for sure because you live it.  Appreciate that what you know for sure today may change.  When you know better, you live better.
  19. Remember the nature of nature. Good things happen to the good and the not so good.  Bad things happen to the good and the not so good.  The why is speculation.
  20. Crap happens. When it does, use your time wisely.  We all need time to recover from heartache and trauma.
  21. Survival is a transition period. Set an intention to become powerful despite hardship.
  22. Learn to thrive. There are many examples of how to do it out there.  It may not be easy, but it is always worth the effort.
  23. You are not alone. Ask for help.  We are all in this together.
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Published by Paula D. Tozer

I am a writer, poet and singer/songwriter. I am a Toastmaster, motivational speaker, personal creativity coach, and workshop leader. My most sincere wish is to share my words with others, and that we both benefit from the exchange.

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