Life, especially adult life, can be overwhelming and exhausting. And in this overconnected and misinformed world our brains are running at max speed!
As a result, we now have a much greater tendency towards anxiety and overwhelm.
And when our anxiety is high and we are overwhelmed, it’s much harder if not impossible, to tap into what many might call commonsense, or wisdom.
So, as a small reminder I have curated this list as a short but powerful guide to getting back on track and keeping our thinking in a more positive light.
So read on, but remember… it’s all practice, practice, practice.
1. Respect yourself
2. Remove prejudices often
3. Know your own responsibility
4. Practice empathy
5. Listen to silence, and take notes
6. Blame is useless, but responsibly is useful
7. Respect even the unrespectable
8. Find God (hint; he’s not lost)
9. Don’t ever say never
10. Remember who you were
11. Learn the meaning of the word ignorance
12. Take care of your body, you may need it for a long time
13. Use kind words, and when angry, wait to speak
14. Remove the phrases ‘stupid’ and ‘shut up’ from your vocabulary
15. If you feel the urge to hug, do it
16. Smile, you just might believe it
17. Silence is always better then a lie
18. The law of the universe can’t be broken
19. Regret is useless, remorse is a teacher
20. Forgiveness is power
21. Help someone, repeat
22. Know what you can afford, and share what you can
23. Be grateful… and verbal about it
24. Say please, it means something
25. Protect your own without hurting others
26. Stand up for what’s right and good
27. Be proud of something outside of yourself
28. Be accountable
29. Be a role model
30. Show love
31. Don’t justify your anger
32. Don’t justify someone else’s anger
33. Be there for someone
34. Listen more then you speak
35. Patience is a practice. Practice often
36. Cry when you need to
37. Never laugh “at” someone
38. Be humble at your own expense
39. Loyalty is Royalty. Be a king, don’t sacrifice the troops
40. The best defense is awareness
41. When you are angry, take a good look at your own actions
42. Make ‘ethical’ habitual
43. Excuse are useless
44. Perspective is most of what you experience
45. You are not your story
46. It’s not necessarily about you
47. You cannot find happiness outside of yourself
48. Admit when you have made a mistake
49. Plan for the future, but live in the present
All this said… We are not perfect. We fail. We try. Sometimes we fail a few more times. Sometimes we wish we remembered what we thought we should know. It’s important to keep in mind we ‘practice’ these things, meaning we keep working on it because it’s not as easy as it sounds.
Don’t give up, keep practicing.
And sometimes, especially as parents, we have regrets. You can read more about Parenting Regrets by clicking here.
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Hi! I’m Yvette Marie a Thought Wrangler (an intellectual nomad looking for understanding and hope in all things). I created this blog space because I believe Flexibility and Flow in Neurodiversity is not only possible, but necessary for living a full life of health and wellness.