Simple Rules

 What simple rules do you have (or aspire to have) that help maintain a sense of order or purpose in your life?

  • Always choose kindness- to self, to others, to the planet.
  • Always make the bed – last one up has to make it.
  • Avoid arguments.
  • Be kind and look for ways to help others. And show up, even when you don’t feel like it.
  • Be patient with yourself and others.
  • Being of cheerful heart ❤️. No matter what happens in my life, that attitude has helped me get through. It helps me keep my mind in order.
  • Breathe!
  • Daily gratefulness and yoga to start most days.
  • Daily spiritual reading and mindfulness practices.
  • Daily walk or bike ride.
  • Don’t be lazy! Get up and make the cup of tea, wake up early for the ski trip, plan the exercise session beforehand and do it, register for that course, ink the appointment right now, buy the tickets. The answer for me is usually to do, not just be. Which means I’m not listening closely enough the sermons, right?
  • Exercise, get outdoors.
  • I hate it when people say exercise really helps. It’s so hard to get started when you’re depressed, anxious, out of shape. I have committed to walking and working out this quarantine and it helps me feel like I’ve accomplished something. On days I can’t work out, I take the FULL HOUR FOR LUNCH. It’s too easy to keep working so I set a timer.
  • First things first. Do what’s in front of you every day. Be kind whenever possible.
  • For order: Daily: Make the bed, feed and clean up after the cats, monitor laundry and food needs, take a walk or use equipment at the gym, read the newspaper.

For purpose: support FHN board and staff, lead my family’s new council and connect family members to our business. Plan family business retreat. Travel in our RV. Cook with my husband, play ping pong and laugh. Spend time with grandkids and learn from them. Avoid politics, encourage family empathy and unity.

  • Gratitude and deep breaths.
  • Hum, never really thought about this in a way of articulating it. Something to ponder.
  • I get up in the morning, meditate, do some yoga stretches and practice my French on Duo Lingo to start my say. I write in my gratitude app at the end of my day.
  • I have so much order and purpose in my life already it’s a little crazy. What I need to do is to let myself waste some time and just amble along for a bit. That’s the thing I suck at.
  • I know it’s kind of broad and can be applied to just about anything, but it’s “Think before you do things!” A quote from my Mom.

 

  • ..How will this impact others, the environment, me…

Are these words or actions: True? – as in facts, true to who I am, true to my values? Kind? – how will others feel once I have acted this way or said what I have to say? Necessary? – ultimately, is it something that has to be said and/or done & do the benefits outweigh anything negative that can come from this?

  • I make dresses for impoverished girls. I do aquatics. I’m isolated. And lonely.
  • Increased workouts. Opened more communication with my family.
  • Keep house neat as possible, eat three meals a day, make bed and get some sort of exercise.
  • Leave people better than you find them, if possible, whenever you interact with someone. Notice things like a child would. Change “”I have to” to “I get to”
  • Listen to what my body tells me.
  • Lots of self-care and healthy boundaries.
  • Maintain the same schedule every day.
  • Pray and send good thoughts to the universe.
  • Make at least some progress on my work and personal projects each day except on those days when something more critical or more fun intervenes.
  • Make my bed as soon as I get up, exercise, pray, gratitude & always look at the positive things in my life.
  • Make my bed!
  • Meditate every morning.
  • Menu planning, grocery list, shop once a week.
  • Toys get put away every day in the playroom.
  • My shopping list correlates with the path I take through the grocery store. Also, I have a “pantry list” to remember the things that didn’t get added to the shopping list.
  • My Wellspring group has provided a great sense of support and grounding during these uncommon and extremely stressful times. I aspire to continue my spiritual practices and meditation and be more mindful and thankful for my blessings! 🙂
  • Outer order helps inner calm. The more organized things are around me the better I feel.
  • Put it away as soon as you are finished!
  • Regular time to share breakfast and dinner daily with spouse.
  • Start the day with breakfast. Make sure it is heavy on protein.
  • Starting each day with a prayer of gratitude.
  • Stay informed and engaged in the world.
  • Stay out of trouble. Help others.    Vote.  Be thankful.
  • Take it easy when I need to.
  • The Golden Rule: Do onto others as you want them to do to you.
  • Tidy the table and counters before we leave or go to bed. Always kiss goodnight.
  • Treat others as I want to be treated.
  • Try and take a walk every day and to try not to sleep in late.
  • Try to ski the backs but stay out of the bumps!
  • Wash clothes on Monday, whoever cooks, the other one cleans up, Bob makes the bed, try to get in a daily walk after lunch, write first thing in the day, all else comes afterwards, no TV during the day (but still sucked into devices 🙁).
  • Which activity will have the most significant impact for reducing greenhouse gases in the future, including via sequestration?

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