Tuesday, January 3

Stop & Smell the Roses

  • Leave your watch on the bedside table.
  • Check your e-mail only two or three times a day.
  • Take the scenic route.
  • Light candles before you start cooking dinner.
  • Make up rituals. Say a silent word of thanks and make eye contact with everyone at the table before you start eating.
  • Let the phone ring once or twice before answering.
  • Make a handmade present for a friend.
  • Set aside one night a week all for yourself-- and a day once in a while.
  • While driving, assume that everyone else on the road is answering the call of a friend in real need.
  • Bake your own bread. Grow your own vegetables. Brew your own beer.
  • Spend as much time outdoors in natural settings as you possibly can. Pay attention to cycles of the moon and the shifting seasons. Sit down beside a stream or river whenever you can.
  • Appreciate the pleasures of slow music: tango, waltz, cool jazz, ballads, bossa nova, folk and more.
  • Buy two hammocks: one for the garden, one for your living room.
  • Sit for a moment with your eyes closed when you start your computer.
  • Take a few moments before you climb out of bed in the morning to remember your dreams and think about what you want from the day.
  • Learn the fine art of arriving late gracefully.
  • Don’t be afraid to cancel plans.
  • Factor in an additional 25 percent, every time you estimate how long something will take.
  • Always jump on the chance to play with a child, and do it on their terms.
  • Never pack your schedule so tightly that there’s no room for a short walk.
  • Take a left where you generally take a right.
Thanks Stoner!
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