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Ten points to help you enjoy life

April 6, 2015

By Dr. Michael C. Blackwell

Last month, I wrote about enjoying life or enduring life. I noted that we all need to find value in anticipating small events and learn how to make them special. I much prefer the option of Life Enjoyment. Keeping an eye on the future is one way of walking the more pleasant path. As you go, here is my checklist of ways that can help you march ahead:

  1. Have a purpose in life. Staying busy is a sure antidote to boredom and early death.
  2. Know that things generally work out for the best, even though it may be hard to see how, especially when you are dealing with the loss of a spouse, child, parent, or friend.
  3. Maintain a positive outlook. If you look for the good in people and circumstances, you are more likely to find it.
  4. Learn something new every day, or week, or month. We are never too old to learn. Put another way, you really can teach an old dog new tricks.
  5. Find something you are passionate about and then do it.
  6. Remember you were placed on this earth for a reason. We are only on this stage of life for a short time so make the most of it.
  7. Remember the MED formula for a long life. Meditation, Exercise, and Diet. Prayer, staying active, and watching what you eat promote good health.
  8. Here is one I credit to the late Jim Valvano, the exuberant basketball coach at North Carolina State University: Find something to laugh about every day and find something to cry about every day. God gave you emotions. Use them.
  9. Make a firm decision regarding a possible course of action. After you have made that commitment, take the first step. Always look ahead, never behind.
  10. Do everything with great enthusiasm. I wrote a short prayer to illustrate the point: Lord, my times are in Your hands. Help me be faithful to the duty of the present moment.

My friends, the choice is yours. You can find riches beyond measure and create a life worth living but only if you embrace the future.