I’ve been thinking a lot about advice lately, the kind we seek out as well as those unsolicited zingers that fly at us from the most unlikely of sources.
We all know the people in our lives who give the best words of wisdom, whose advice we’d be better off following more often and whose opinions sets our teeth on edge no matter the good intentions behind them.
We can put so much weight in gathering advice from others rather than trusting ourselves that we are left paralyzed in inaction, stymied by conflicting directions and personal agendas.
There is some advice so full of love, however, that in hearing it we are shot full of oxygen. It’s the kind of wisdom that nourishes us and reminds us that we are okay.
Here’s a bit of that, gathered especially for you:
- Do things that command all five of your senses. And let your sixth sense take the lead.
- Always be a beginner.
- Don’t make promises you won’t keep, whether or not you can.
- Eat fresh vegetables and fruit every day.
- Drink lots of water. Don’t waste it.
- Make time to make art. Make time to acknowledge other people’s art. And don’t worry about deciding the quality of either.
- Walk as much as you can.
- Stretch when the mood strikes you, and particularly in the morning.
- Watch as many sunrises and sunsets as you can. Like snowflakes, no two will ever be the same.
- Take baby steps. And celebrate each one.
- Find reasons to celebrate other stuff, too. And invite others to the party.
- Pursue and point out beauty in all its forms.
- Be raw. Be elemental. Be vulnerable. Be naked. Be true. Be kind.
- Give repression, shame, fear and desperation a close-up view of your middle finger.
- Leave impressions but not scars — on others, on the planet, on yourself.
- Find at least one new thing to be grateful for each day.
- Be a model of love for those wanting to overcome their demons.
- Eat dessert.
- Don’t determine your value by others’ scales. And don’t determine your beauty by any scale at all.
- Don’t ask for permission. That way, you don’t have to wait for it.
- Accept the choices you’ve made. And make more choices.
- Be gentle with the people you love. Be even more gentle with yourself.
- Listen more than you speak. And find moments of complete silence in your day.
- Accept that not everything needs fixing and some things actually can’t be fixed. Try not to break things just because you’re good at picking up the pieces.
- Take naps on Sunday afternoons, or any other afternoons.
- Remove the “guilt” from your guilty pleasures.
- Read real books, in non-digital form.
- Travel outside your comfort zone, even if that means just around the corner.
- Dance at least once a week, even if it’s only in your living room.
- Sing out loud at least once a day, even if it’s only in your shower.
- Be curious. Actively curious.
- Help people love themselves.
Which of these words of wisdom resonate most with you? Share them with a friend or loved one! And let me know if there’s a favorite bit of advice you think should be added to the list.