The secret formula for happiness is to live your ordinary life, day by day, in an extraordinary way.
It’s Not a Formula Really. It’s a Choice
Love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and love your neighbor as yourself
Make eye contact
Listen don’t just hear
Look around at what is always there but rarely seen
Celebrate and encourage each forward step
Give and get presents
Embrace failure as a friend who is a teacher cheering you on toward greatness
Kiss and snuggle often
Never miss an opportunity to say, “I love You.”
Take a listening walk and really hear the sounds all around you
Walk through puddles
Watch the sunrise and sunset and thank God for all the light in between
Burn candles…lots of them
Make food from scratch
Get your hands in the dirt… grow your own food
Paint your dreams
Put the camera down and be a part of the picture
Giggle and laugh at least 100 times a day
Put your smile on and embrace the day
Learn to communicate well. You will deal with people the rest of your life.
Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today. Live intentionally.
Discover “love notes” all around you
Make your bed and shave your legs every day- you will have started each day successfully
Raise your own chickens and gather eggs every morning
Earn more than you spend and invest the difference
Play: Twirl, dance, blow bubbles, swing…remember the joys of childhood
Never stop learning
Stay teachable. All the gifts, talents, abilities, and anointings will never make up for the lack of a humble and teachable spirit.
Remember, that without love we are only a noisy, irritating sound
Be the kind of friend you want someone to be to you
Read a book a week and apply what you learn
Consider it a sacred duty to live a blessed life so you can be a blessing
Learn another language
Discover the world through the eyes of a child
Play an instrument
Celebrate the victories of others
Turn off the TV and live your own adventure
Keep your body strong through movement, proper rest, and healthy, clean food
Keep hunger your servant because gluttony can be a cruel master
Declutter your life- say thank you and goodbye to the past.
Read a child a picture book
Include God in every detail of your life and you will never be without a friend
Enjoy the quiet moments in life with a cup of tea and biscotti
Never bring your phone on a date. Love the one in front of you.
Celebrate life. It is a gift. Every moment of it.
This post is dedicated to my grandma who was my friend and guide in this life. She celebrated all the victories with me, encouraged me to be all I could be, and offered me a safe place to be myself. She taught me to love God and my family, the importance of friendship, how to let go of the past, and to live each moment with purpose. Grandma, I will love and cherish you all the days of my life. I will continue to hear your voice as it echos from the wisdom I have gleaned from you. You will live on in my memory. Until we meet again. January 12, 1928-September 11, 2021