Wisdom from Dr. Ramani Durvasula

Goethe famously wrote “One lives in this world but once…”

If that is the case, ask yourself, “What do I want my life to look like?” Then make it look that way. In making that journey, here are some provisions for your psychological backpack:

  • Do not invite regret into your life. Instead, take chances, try new things, and take the path less traveled. Regret never dissipates, and second chances are rare.
  • Beware of scripting your life…. Storytelling can trap us in other people’s scripts. Let life happen rather than forcing it to fit someone else’s idea of what a life should look like.
  • Everything is temporary, good feelings, bad feelings, and feelings in between. Don’t like how you feel today? Hang tough, it will change.
  • Failure is good, because it kicks us into new routines, keep setting the bar a little higher, and keep learning from those mistakes.
  • Sleep. It’s the only miracle cure we have. Everything is a little easier with some rest under your belt.
  • Stop saving for a rainy day. So many people spend so much time preparing for the future that they miss the miracle that is unfolding in front of them. Don’t be fiscally irresponsible but don’t let opportunities pass….Continue reading on InspireMeToday.com.

Dr. Ramani is a professor of psychology and the author of the upcoming You Are WHY You Eat, a new look at eating, loving, living and walking away.

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Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Claudia O.
Claudia O5 years ago

It is what it is. Live in the now. Two sentences that run through my head all the time.

Patty Boytos
Patty B5 years ago

This article certainly remotivated me to do ALL on my bucket list ! I was just told by my brother that he has Hodgkins disease .Life can be short or unpredictable..so make YOUR life as wonderful and amazing as you can in any way you can.

Charlotte A.
Arthur A5 years ago

Thanks for making failure sound, not quite so awful. I realize it fits into my belief in trying to be a better person everyday. Without the mistakes, how can I practice?

Kristine Huff
Kristine H5 years ago

Thank you for this helpful pep talk. I will certainly take it to heart.

Aimee A.
Aimee A5 years ago

Great article! Thanks for posting!