“I always pass on good advice. It is the only thing to do with it. It is never of any use to oneself.” ― Oscar Wilde
Is it just me, or did the summer go especially fast this year? Fast and HOT in Central Illinois! Of course, children returning to school in mid-August doesn't help the matter much, and I don't even have school aged children at home anymore. I'm just musing, time; summer; weather and kids are not the point of this month's newsletter.
This month I simply want to pass on some good advice. I was scrolling through my old IPad from 2011 and ran across something I titled, "Really Good Advice." Turns out, it IS really good advice and worthy of passing on. I found it sandwiched between Skunk Smell Recipe (how to get the smell of skunk off your dog) and a recipe for 10 Minute Peach Cobbler. I did not note the author, however, so if anyone knows who put this out there, please let me know! Check these out and take some of this good advice:
2. Go to bed on time
3. Get up on time so that you can start the day unrushed.
4. Say no to projects that won't fit into your time schedule or that will compromise your mental health.
5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
6. Simplify and de-clutter your life.
7. Less is more (Although one is often enough, two are often too many).
8. Allow extra time to do things and to get to places
9, Pace yourself. Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time, don't lump the hard things all together.
10. Take one day at a time (My dad's favorite!)
11. Separate worries from concerns. If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do and let go of the anxiety. If you can't do anything about a situation, forget it.
12. Live within your budget; don't use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
13. Have backups; an extra car key in your wallet, an extra house key buried in the garden, (or at a trusted neighbor's) extra stamps, etc.
14. K.M.S. (Keep Mouth Shut). This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
15. Do something for the kid in your every day.
16. Carry a spiritually enlightening book with you to read while in line.
17. Get enough rest.
18. Eat right.
19. Get organized so everything has its place.
20. Listen to something while driving that can help improve your quality of life.
21. Write down your thoughts and inspirations.
22. Every day, find time to be alone.
23. Having problems? Talk to God on the spot. Don't wait until it's time to go to bed to pray.
24. Make friends with godly people.
25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures and sayings on hand.
26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good, "Thank You, Jesus."
28. Laugh some more.
29. Take your work seriously, by not yourself at all.
30. Develop a forgiving attitude. Most people are dong the best they can.
31. Be kind to unkind people, they probably need it the most.
32. Sit on your ego.
33. Talk less, listen more.
34. Slow down.
35. Remind yourself that you are not the General Manager of the universe.
36. Every night before you go to bed, think of one thing you are grateful for that you have never been grateful for before.
And here are a few of my own:
37. Reduce your stress. It's a bigger deal than you think.
38. You've heard it said," Live each day like it's your last." How about this instead, "Live each day like it's the last day of every person you meet."
39. Before you correct someone, encourage them.
40. You don't have to be perfect. Just make better choices more often.
After reviewing this again, I'm not totally in agreement with Oscar Wilde's quote. I'm going to take some of my own advice. Time to slow down and laugh more! See how easy that was?
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