- Don’t wait for a tragedy to appreciate what you already have. Often it takes something drastic to happen before we realize how “good we had it.” It takes a death to bring a family closer together or a terminal illness to realize how precious life is. Learn to appreciate each and every moment, and show gratitude for all things in life.
- Know your role and play your role. You have several roles in life and each of them requires a different approach. You may be a parent, sibling, manager, friend and/or musician. Your stage presence may require you to run on different settings than you would being a parent. When it comes time to be a friend, be sure you’re putting forth the effort of a good friend and not playing manager.
- Buy or make friendship bracelets for your best friends. There are plenty of tutorials out there (like this one) to help you create your own custom bracelets, or you can buy a bracelet together from a special place. My climbing girls and I all purchased friendship bracelets from our last trip to Mazama.
- People don’t know how you’re feeling unless you tell them. Sure, some of us have a very readable face, but we aren’t mind readers. If someone is making you uncomfortable, let them know. If your friend is doing something that gets under your skin, let them know. Communication is such an important factor of our lives. The waiter doesn’t know what you’re having for dinner and can’t tell the chef unless you open your mouth.
- Prioritize. You’re always going to have to choose between one and another, which project to start first, or what you want more throughout life. Prioritize this week by what brings you the most joy and seek happiness through those things.
- Surround yourself with the kind of people you want to be. If you seek success, make friends with go-getting, successful professionals. If you’re looking to be more adventurous, befriend a traveler or free spirit. Brian Carruthers said, “You are, or will become, the average of the five people you associate with the most.”
- Take and appreciate what you get. I was inspired by this quote I saw on Facebook this morning. Regardless of your political views, this quote can be taken and used throughout many situations in life. “It’s like when I want some bread, I won’t settle for half a loaf. Instead, I will have a muffin made of broken glass.” Some is better than none. Don’t dismiss a kind gesture just because it’s 3/4 of what you were expecting.
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