“Nine-tenths of our sickness can be prevented by right thinking plus right hygiene – nine-tenths of it!”
– Henry Miller
We’re all being taught an important lesson now.
Corona or not.
Personal hygiene should always have priority in our lives.
Wash and sanitise your hands.
Brush and floss.
Stop yourself from getting sick.
Stop yourself from getting OTHERS sick.
Kindness in thinking.
Kindness in giving.
Kindness in words.
Because it only takes a gentle push to spin the wheel.
Develop these qualities above all else.
Be simple in action and thought.
Be patient with friends, enemies and when things don’t go your way.
Be compassionate towards yourself and others.
They will serve you well in life.
Be better than you were yesterday.
Even if it’s just by 0.1%.
Strive for progress, not perfection.
But don’t compare yourself to others.
Compare yourself with your previous self.
All you have to do is to be a tiny bit better every day.
This compounds over time and before you know it you would have improved by a ton.
Slow progress is infinitely better than no progress.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint anyway.
You’ll gain a lot more knowledge.
You’ll make others feel valued.
You’ll be a lot more appreciated because people love good listeners.
Try out this experiment for yourself.
Go for an entire day with the intention of speaking a lot less than you’re used to.
Ask questions about the other person to get them to talk more too.
You might learn a useful thing or two about yourself at the end of this experiment.
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.”
– Lao Tzu
May this quote be a reminder for you to always be yourself.
Stop seeking validation.
Stop trying to be someone you’re not.
Stop trying to be liked by everyone.
Stop trying to one up everyone.
Stop trying to win over others.
Stop trying and just be yourself.
Not every situation or question has to be filled with a response.
Silence can be powerful.
Like being silent in the middle of a speech.
Or being silent when someone says something that offends you.
Or being silent in a room full of chatty people.
Silence gets people’s attention, it’s polite and it can be an obvious answer.
Be comfortable with silence, use it well.