A friend of mine just sent me the link to a set of “Ten Reminders Worth Reviewing Daily,” from the website Mark and Angel Hack Life: Practical Tips for Productive Living. They are exactly the kinds of things that my main character, Rita, discovers in her meandering journey towards sanity and stability in The Whole Clove Diet.
The only problem is that we all have to discover such principles for living and then learn them deeply ourselves in a way that applies to our own lives: we can’t just read a list (or even a novel — or even WRITE a novel) about them, and internalize them immediately. We need to absorb them.
But a list that sounds so right that you know it must be true is a good place to start. So here – from Mark and Angel Hack Life – are a few tastes of their wisdom for today, and a link to the rest. Enjoy.
- Treat yourself the way you want others to treat you. Stop discrediting yourself for everything you aren’t, and start giving yourself credit for everything that you are. We have to learn to be our own best friends, because sometimes we fall too easily into the trap of being our own worst enemies. Insecurity is what’s ugly, not you. Accept yourself! Be you, just the way you are, in the beautiful way only you know how.
- The biggest obstacles in your life are the barriers your mind creates. Worrying will never change the outcome. When you can no longer think of a reason to continue, you must think of a reason to start over. And do not let where you start, define where you will end up; only your actions and willpower determine that. Read Awaken the Giant Within.
- Sometimes to get where you want to go, you have to do what you are afraid to do. You must be brave and push forward. Miracles occur when you give as much attention and energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.