Friday, January 2, 2009

Things To Implement This Year - Resolutions

Adapted from my friend Annie's myspace blog dated Wed. Feb 6, 2008: "Things to Implement This Year."  The original items are in regular text, my additions are in bold:

1.  Take a 10-30 minute walk every day.  And while you walk, smile.  It is the ultimate anti-depressant.
Take this walk as a family - for the exercise as well as the bonding time
2.  Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.  Buy a lock if you have to.
3.  Buy a DVR, tape your late night shows and get more sleep.
Limit TV and computer time each day
4.  When you wake up in the morning, complete the following statement: "My purpose is to ____ today.
5.  Live with the 3 E's - Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.
6.  Play more games and read more books than you did in 2008.
7.  Make time to practice meditation and prayer.  They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.
8.  Spend more time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.
Visit Grandma Records and Grandma and Grandpa Broadie weekly and Grandma Helen monthly
9.  Dream more while you are awake.
10.  Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
Eat out only once a month, as a special treat
11.  Drink green tea and plenty of water.  Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds and walnuts.  
Eliminate drinking soda, except on special occasions
12.  Try to make at least 3 people smile each day.
13.  Clear your clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.
Keep the house cleaner - pick up toys, do dishes, etc daily
14.  Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control.  Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
15.  Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn.  Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
16.  Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
17.  Smile and laugh more.  It will keep the energy vampires away.
18.  Remember that life isn't fair, but it's still good.
19.  Know that life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
20.  Don't take yourself so seriously.  No one else does.
Relax more - be more laid back
21.  Remember you don't have to win every argument.  Agree to disagree.
22.  Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
23.  Don't compare your life to others'.  You have no idea what their journey is all about.
24.  Always remember that no one is in charge of your happiness except you.
25.  Frame every so-called disaster with these words: 'in five years, will this matter?'
Or, in five days, five minutes?
26.  Forgive everyone for everything.
27.  Remember that what other people think of you is none of your business.
28.  Know that God heals almost everything.
29.  Keep in mind that however good or bad a situation is, it will change.
30.  Remember that your job won't take care of you when you are sick.  Your friends will.  Stay in touch.
31.  Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
Clean the garage - don't keep the things that are never used
32.  Remember that envy is a waste of time.  You already have all you need.
33.  Don't forget the best is yet to come.
34.  No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
35.  Do the right thing!
36.  Call your family often.
37.  Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements:  'I am thankful for_____.  Today I accomplished_____.
Have Hunter do the same thing - do it together as a family
38.  Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
39.  Enjoy the ride.  Remember that this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass.  You only have one ride through life so make the most of it and enjoy the ride.
40.  Spend one day each month doing what Hunter wants to do.
41.  Spend two days each month without the kids, to strengthen our relationship as husband and wife.
42.  Spend one day each month doing what I want to do (a day together as a family, one as a couple and a day alone).
43.  Spend one day each month doing what Travis wants to do (a day together as a family and one as a couple - give him one alone too).

1 comment:

Maya & Me said...

I'm glad you posted your story on your blog. I haven't been in touch with the other L'hams for awhile to find out how you are doing but have been wondering. I think you should give up mopping from here on out :-) Please call me if you need anything 340-5188. I have Friday thru Monday off so I could come clean for you any of those days or do whatever. Oh and my email is a_lanningham@yahoo.com. Take Care!