Yes, life can be stressful and, of course, it isn’t always easy to do things the way we should or want to. But on some aspects of life, there ought to be no compromise. Through the years, I’ve picked my priority areas, where I try my best not to shortchange either myself or others. This is my list; do add your advice!
The time you give to your meals: not all of us can afford to eat 100 percent organic or only the finest quality foods. But each one of us can make sure we eat our meals slowly and mindfully. Not only is a well-chewed meal good for your digestion nurtures you holistically. And if you eat with others, it can build meaningful bonds. In every religion and ancient healing system, food has been given the status of divinity. Don’t let our modern-day stresses hamper that respect.
The attention you give to your friends: I remember meeting a woman who gave up a thriving career in New York to take up spiritual healing in a quiet town. She had a powerful reason for this transitionóher friend, who had been ailing for a while, passed away one day, before she could go and look her friend up. This made her realize the need to get off the roller coaster and focus on the things that were truly precious to her.† Answer that email, take that phone call, and donít put off that meeting with your friend, even if you have “more important” things lined up.
The quality of your work: I feel happiest when I have done a good piece of writing. But there are times when I am over-committed, and dealing with too many deadlines means compromised quality of work. That does not feel good. The lesson: take on only as much as you can do to your full potential. Then give it your 100 percent, and you will soon reap the benefits.
Your appearance: My mother always says, “you should be well dressed even if youíre stepping out to buy a loaf of bread.” Over the years, I have realized how good this advice is. Going out without being well groomed †makes you feel less confident, and it gives others the impression that you donít look after yourself.† Of course, you donít need designer clothing to look good. At the very least, make sure your mouth smells fresh, your hair is combed and your clothes are ironed!
The promises you make: too many people carelessly toss around promises, not realizing how many people they might be hurting, and how much. Itís easy to commit to do something, but it can be tough to keep your word. Promise something only if youíre sure you can deliver, whether it’s helping someone out or fulfilling a responsibility.