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5 Things to Never Compromise

5 Things to Never Compromise

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.

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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12:03AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Great post.. Life definitely is all about priorities !

12:51AM PDT on Jun 1, 2013

don't reallly agree with the fourth >:

8:55AM PDT on May 16, 2013

good reminders

10:40AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

12:33PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Thank you for the article and all the good comments from the care 2 members. It really gives me pause for thought. Each of these actions is important, but I think the last one is the most important one for adults when dealing with children, Never make a promise and not follow thru with it. No matter if it is a punishment for incorrect behavior, or a reward for a job well done. Your word is your most important character feature. If people can not take you at your word at face value. then you are sunk. In dealing with adults - your work and the way you deal with your friends come next. You do your job to the best of your ability, and always be prepared, arrive on time, give them 8 hours work for 8 hours of pay. With your friends always speak the truth, treat everyone the way you wish to be treated. When you do not have something nice to say about someone, Do not say anything. Do not take part in gossip,backstabbing,etc. Last by not less important , take care of yourself, because if you live alone,you need to stay well and healthy, and if you have people who depend on you, you have to stay strong, healthy and well. Keep the good ideas coming.

10:24AM PDT on May 8, 2013

Thanks for this!

9:58PM PDT on May 6, 2013

4 out of 5 isn't bad, just can't make sure I'm clean & pressed when called out on emergencies.

9:53PM PDT on May 6, 2013

Words to ponder

6:55PM PDT on May 6, 2013

Ty for sharing

5:36PM PDT on May 5, 2013

Ta!

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