“Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it”. – MARY OLIVER
Work out what’s important to you.
Prioritise it. Schedule time for it before other things.
Spend time with your family.
Know that your possessions aren’t going to make you happy.
Nor are they going to cultivate the image of who you want to be, if you want to be the right kind of person.
Buy fewer things and have more to spend on weekend trips to the mountains, picnics by the lake, and good food and wine with friends.
If you need less money to live, you can redefine what a “suitable job” is. You can prioritise the time it gives you for what’s important rather than the status.
Be time rich.
Leave work early in winter and walk your dog by the lake before the sun sets, the snow crunching under your feet.
Have a slow breakfast with your girlfriend and enjoy several rounds of pancakes. Laugh and enjoy the moment without thinking you need to be somewhere else.
Spend a whole autumn afternoon sitting in the comfy area of a coffee shop with a book, your notebook and pen, and a pot of tea.
Sit and do nothing, watching the world go by without thinking about productivity.
Marvel at how you own a healthy body; nourish it.
Stop worrying about what others think of you. What do you think of you?
Don’t weigh yourself down with what doesn’t matter. Live lightly.
Pay attention to nature.
Spend time in the woods. Look at the moss and the leaves and how they change where the light hits and the wind blows.
Listen to the birds and collect the colours of nature in your mind.
Use the night sky to find your bearings.
Watch Orion rise. Look for the sparkly cluster of the Pleiades. Keep track of the moon over the course of a month.
Share your joy with the world. Smile.
Love deeply, starting with yourself.
Find a way to add value to the world every day you get to enjoy it.
Follow a philosophy of kindness and let it spread like wildfire every time you practice it.
Let others complement you rather than complete you.
Enjoy your own companionship. Value the silence.