I received and email from a colleague this morning and it really made me think.
I’m often guilty of rushing through the day, trying to get everything done, trying to please everyone, trying to make everything appear perfect. The result is that I feel I have done nothing for myself and I end up irritated, depressed and unfulfilled. So now, I am going to consciously make these 13 promises to myself every day, in an effort for more mindful and motivated living.
Today I will make something new and different and thereby change the world for the better.
Today I will become strong by overcoming obstacles with persistence and flexibility.
Today I will permit myself to become excited in anticipation of whatever might happen.
Today I will look beyond my preconceptions to see the truths that I missed before.
Today I will remember the miracle of conscious existence, which is all too soon over.
Today I will remain aware of the emotions of others and how they interact with my own.
Today I will spend at least one hour doing something that’s just because I enjoy it.
Today I will do my best to remain happy, regardless of the circumstances of the hour.
Today, I will use some of whatever power I possess in the service and for the welfare of others.
Today, I will take action to ensure that I’m in better health than I was yesterday or the day before.
Today I will sit back and marvel at the unexpected, without which life would be boring.
Today I will express, at least once, the joy of the child who still lives inside me.
Today I will be thankful for all the wonderful things in my life: my family, my friends and, yes, my work.