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Saturday, January 01, 2011

Re-Commitment To My Own Life

True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed -- the Dalai Lama

Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.

Re-Commitment to My Own Life

  1. Smile more often.
  2. Make more eye contact.
  3. Slow down: Walk more slowly, walk less arrogantly, be in less of a hurry, stop looking for ways to speed up situations/processes.
  4. Spend less time on the internet.
  5. Practice yoga more often.
  6. Pay more attention to my partner.
  7. Be less rigid in life: at work, in my processes/procedures.
  8. Less “Have to’s” in my life and more “Want to’s.”
  9. Less self-induced pressure.
  10. Be more approachable; be invitational, not confrontational.
  11. More consideration given to indiscriminate financial spending.
  12. Cook at home more often.
  13. Walk more in Portland neighborhoods.
  14. Continue to allow trees, rivers, the sky, and nature to captivate and nourish me.
  15. Focus on my breath, breathe deeper, breathe more slowly.
  16. Set my intention for each moment and interaction: What is it that I can bring to this moment? What is it that I can take from this moment?
  17. Consider others and where they are coming from.
  18. Stare more. Think more. Consider more. Ponder more.
  19. Center/balance/focus on positive, healthy, good.
  20. At Bedtime each night: Be thankful for the day; let today’s troubles rest; exhale slowly.
  21. At the end of each day: Be thankful for one thing I did right that day. Put at rest one thing I did poorly that day.


Cubby said...

These are excellent personal goals, and all are within reach.

Happy New Year, and Happy New You!

Ron said...

This is the first time I have read the quote you posted from the Dali Lama. That is what I have always strived to be in my life. At times it is not easy but that is what life is all about......the Journey to meet those goals.
I am glad I found you and your blog. I look forward to reading your posts this year.

LeLo said...

Just reading this list made me focus on my breathing, relaxing my shoulders, and brought calm.

I love your re-commitment and relate to it in so many ways. I'm there with ya on all of these things.

Here's to a fantastic year.

Jim said...

Happy New Year to you and Blair!

I love that mantra from the Dalai Lama.

Great list to strive for!

Anne said...

okay here's my advice since you plan on staring more: make sure you put that finger up around your mouth so people don't think you're zoning out!

Vương Tử Trực said...

Happy New Year!

Blair said...

I couldn't be prouder of your than I already am. I believe in you and the positive things you are doing in your life. You not only lead the way for yourself, but for so many others too....just as you always have!

I am looking forward to a great 2011 with you!


Rick said...

Some great commitments to yourself. I too love the Dalai Lama quote.

Ur-spo said...

Very good goals indeed.
Post'em on your fridge, so you see them every day.

BTW - Wordpress sent me a 'summary' of stats for my blog. Your blog is one of the top 3 places for referrals to my blog. So, I am grateful your service - and I bet you didn't know you had done it!

The Royalty cheque is in the mail......

Stephen said...

Let's go for a walk in my neighborhood!

Thank you for your extrordinary blog & your friendship. You are loved.

Anne said...

this is uncannyly similar to a group i belong to...... were you spying?

RAD said...

I like it and I cant wait to see the recap at the end of the year!

CJ/Rick said...

That is a very good and practical list. I need to adopt about 90% of it myself.
Strength and courage to you on your re-commiment.

Mimi said...

A nicely balanced list, for a balanced life.
Wishing you the best for 2011 and your

LSL said...

I hate that it took me so long to stop by and say this, but I've read your list many times and I love it. Very inspirational and an excellent list to strive for. I just love it.

Birdie said...

What an inspiring list, and I love that you close your day with forgiveness for yourself.

Jim said...

I'm printing this out and highlighting some stuff for myself. This is good. Very very good.

Bridge Journey said...

For as long s I've known you, you have boldly and transparently put yourself out there... out here... for all of us to see. More I want to say, but stuck...

Thank you Arnie.