Sunday, 23 August 2009

This Year...

A rather clever email my sister-in-law sent me. :-)

This year... Don't over do things; keep your limits:
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants, and eat less food that is manufactured in plants
  • Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy
  • Play more games
  • Read more books
  • Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
  • Sleep for 7 hours
  • Take a 10-30 minutes walk every day - and while you walk... smile!
  • Don't take yourself so seriously ; no one else does
  • Dream more while you are awake
  • Don't remind your partner with his/her past mistakes . That will ruin your present happiness.
  • Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present
  • No one is in charge of your happiness except you
  • Smile and laugh more
  • You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  • Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6
  • Try to make at least three people smile each day
  • Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful
  • However good or bad a situation is, it will change
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up
  • The best is yet to come...



Anonymous said...

Clever indeed. The downside is, that all this advice is kind of self evident, and hence one reads it and says "yes, yes", but doesn't really follow the advice in real life. All these lists should finish by "DO IT!". :)

RA said...

I have noo clue how I turned out to be "Anonymous"....


Michelle said...


Im' glad you told me as I thought you were another friend of mine. Take that as a compliment, another wise friend whose opinions I enjoy. ;-)

Michelle said...


yeah, the doing is the tough part.

Tint~ said...

I saw this yesterday, but Google was playing iffy with me, so I couldn't comment. Ah... sage advice that is almost impossible to apply. Sleep 7 hours? I laughed! Good stuff here, my friend. It's good to see you back :)

Tint~ said...

Y'know the whole "email follow up comments to... " doesn't work. Stoopid Blogger *sigh*

Live, Love, Laugh, Write! said...

Great list :) And beautiful picture at the end!

Amel said...

LOVE the reminder. THANK YOU! :-D (((HUGS)))

Michelle said...

Hi Tint

Our internet connection has been on-off-slow all week. Driving us crazy!

Hi Rose
Isn't that picture pretty? I love it too. :-)

Hi Amel
(((HUGS))) back :-)

Connie said...

Very wise words. This made me smile. :)

Vasant Prabhu said...

Very Nice. The 21 immutable laws for a contented life, Universal & yet simple.

Michelle said...


KateGladstone said...

"Agree to disagree." --

I disagree with that because, when I lose an argument, I want to learn from it. I want to agree with the facts I've learned from losing, not to ""agree to disagree." (Why would I even want to continue to disagree, once I knew better?)

Michelle said...

Hi Kate

I see "agree to disagree" as more related to differences of opinion/taste than things we argue over. I know I'll never erjoy eating some foods, just as I know my husband hates eating a few things I love. We've both tried them out... we hate the taste/texture. So we agree to disagree, so to speak.

Neither has a point to make, except perhaps the point that people can be different and still get on. THat, to me, is the essence of agreeing to disagree. ;-)

KateGladstone said...

The wording of the message that contained "agree to disagree" referred to arguments, not to taste.

With regard to taste -- it may conceivably happen that one's taste is poor: that one should (rationally) prefer a particular food or particular music or art that one does not, in fact, prefer.
If this can happen, I'd want to know about it and to see it rationally demonstrated that my taste had a problem: then, too, I'd have at least *some* chance of finding a way to correct my taste!
(I know at least one person who rationally argued himself out of bad taste in clothes. He didn't just stop wearing stripes with plaids; he got himself to stop *liking* stripes with plaids, too.)

Michelle said...

Oh I hadn't noticed that about arguments in the text. You're right.

Ok, if we take "agree to disagree" purely on arguments... I still like it. In fact it's a lesson I've taken a long time to learn. I can be somewhat forcefulin my need to explain my point of view. It took me about 40 years to realise I caused as many arguments by "chewing" on a topic too long. By letting go and dropping it I've found more people (who used to want to throttle me for being the annoying dog-with-a-bone) now return to ask my opinion later on.

So... I still tend to like the concept of agreeing to disagree. But I am willing to agree to disagree with you on that. ;-)