Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Alive & Well

I've been doing a lot of thinking recently about life and happiness, and just the other day I stumbled across this quote by Steve Jobs that I really liked, so I thought I would share the quote and my thoughts with you.

'Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.' - Steve Jobs

What a great statement. And so true! How do you spend your life? The things you do, do you do them for you, or for someone else? Is your time spent making other people happy or doing things that make you happy? You've got your life, you are you, not someone else, if your not living your own life for you then what are you doing? Be happy with who you are. Do things that make you happy. Spend time working on things you love.

Another one that got me thinking was this one by Charles Spurgeon.

'It is not how much we have, but how much we enjoy, that makes happiness.' - Charles Spurgeon

I think that is perfectly put, beautifully written. You can work all day and night to earn money to have things, stuff, possessions, and those possessions might be amazing and you might get enjoyment from them. But if you are spending the vast majority of your time not enjoying living because you are doing something you don't like then no amount of possessions can make up for that. It's not worth it. I would rather have less money and less stuff and more time to work on the things that I love and to spend enjoying the people that I love. Those are the things that make life beautiful. Love the things you do, and if you don't love doing them then stop doing them, or at least find a way to cut down the amount of time you have to spend doing them.

I think it's very easy to lose sight of what makes you happy when your stuck in the daily grind. You get up, go to work, spend all day there, go home, make some dinner, watch some telly, go to bed, Repeat to fade. It's boring right? Where is the fun in that? Unless your one of the few that actually has a job that they love.
Of course you can't just quit your job and be unemployed. But you could quit your job and get another one, or your could talk to your boss about reducing or changing your hours.
You could change what you do with your time outside of work. A couple of times a week I go to the pub with my partner and our friends, I don't have to get drunk, but this gives me time away from work and home where I'm spending my time with the people I love in a relaxed environment.
Replace your telly watching at night with reading a book, painting or drawing a picture, writing a story, playing an instrument - give yourself a hobby that you enjoy and that you get not only pleasure but also pride from. I am a morris dancer, I joined the side almost exactly a year ago now and it's great fun. We meet every Tuesday evening for practise and during the summer we dance out most weekends. The people I've met through doing this are lovely, a whole new set of friends, and it adds fun and laughter and pride to my life.
Spend more time talking to your friends and family, eat dinner at the table together, play board games in the evening, enjoy each others company.
Happiness is only a mindset away. You just have to make the decision to think positively and to make time in your life for the things that you enjoy, for the things and the people that you love, because they are what makes life worth living.

Happy thoughts :)

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