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“Every morning, we are born again” Buddhist Maxim
How do you get through the day? A simple question. What keeps you going when the going gets tough? One common way is to put our heads down and soldier on. Humans have a remarkable ability to put on a suit of armour that protects them from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Another way is to ride the emotional roller-coaster. Like all roller-coasters we tend to feel sick with fear and anticipation on the way up and scream on the way down. These approaches both get us through the day, but it feels like a struggle to survive.
Life shouldn’t be ordinary and it shouldn’t just be keeping our head above water. It’s too easy to forget that our days are limited and precious. I’ve found that creating some daily principles for living help me to be more intentional every day. It gives me a foundation for how to approach life. These rules help me to live life to the full.
What do daily principles look like? Well here are mine:
- Life is a Precious Gift – Make the most of it
- Treat others as you’d like to be treated
- Be authentic and true to your values
- Find joy in everything you do
- Inspire others to make the most of life
- Work is love made life – put your heart into everything that you do
I created this list a few weeks ago. I took myself out on an hour long run with the plan to capture the essence of how I’d like to live my life. Running is my most creative place and the ideas just started to flow. At the end (after mopping my sweaty brow), I wrote down my first draft. I stewed on these for a day or two, made some changes and suddenly I had this powerful list. Now I have this list up in my office, on my fridge door, and carry it around on a card in my wallet.
We are born again each morning . I love to review these ideas every morning to get my head in the game. I’m able to set my intention for how I’d like to be that day. Just to be reminded that life is precious every morning is crucial. When I wake up feeling sad, stressed or unexcited I’m reminded to find joy in life. Most importantly the principles take away the temptation to simply survive – I remember that life is too short to be ordinary.
What are your principles? How do you remember to live life, rather than just surviving it? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.
Picture credit – Moustaque