This is part two in the series Easy ways to simplify your life.
In the hustle bustle of life, it is important to be yourself. I remember a famous quote by Ralph Emerson “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment”. It is so true because in the whole process we lose our identity. So Lets understand some more easy ways to simplify our lives.
It is important to realise that God has uniquely created you to be you and not somebody else. For e.g., there are more than hundred things, scientifically proved in your body which are unique to you for e.g., your fingerprints, your retina, your jaw bone so on and so forth. If you are so uniquely created by God then you have your own unique destiny. You don’t need to compete with anyone and that will give you a sense of true freedom.
You try to be the best that you can be. Once you get this realisation, you will be more relaxed and happy. If you accept yourself and like yourself for who you are and who God has made you to be, then you will find more acceptance and less rejection. So let’s continue in our journey towards simplifying life.
Here are some more easy ways to simplify your life:
Do not overburden yourself with things that you cannot complete
In today’s fast world people want to take over more things than they can finish. The initial excitement and zeal wears off once the routine sets in. Only those people who are dedicated and know the cost of entering into a project will be able to complete it.
All new things have an exciting phase but there are many more day to day disciplined actions which will to lead to success. People take more than they can handle leading to stress. Stress is a result of trying to do too much in a specified time. It will be good to take on the responsibility of doing things with a commitment to finishing those things well.
Don’t let small things upset you
There are too many people who are caught up with small things in life. Do not get upset about every small thing as your life will then be filled with strife and worry. Choose your battles wisely as there will be many bigger things in your life . These things will need your attention and so it is best to ignore the small things that you can easily ignore.
It is best to let go of every small thing as they will not make a big difference in the overall scheme of things. Try not to be someone who is easily offended. Do not let your mind be over cluttered with thoughts of all the wrong things that others have done to you. The only thing it will do is to build strife in your heart and remove the peace. It is important to have open forgiving hearts and pure thoughts and emotions which will help us to enjoy life. Avoid having a critical attitude but in lieu have a forgiving, joyful, kind and understanding attitude. Though it is not as easy as said, you can definitely make a conscious effort to cultivate this habit with the help of God.
Think before you speak
This is one of the most difficult areas I have personally struggled with for a long time. Many a time we say things without thinking and then are apologetic about our behaviour, but sadly the damage is already done. It is very important to think before we say anything, in order to avoid mistakes.
I love the Bible quote which says “Life and death are in the power of the tongue”. Truly this statement needs a closer introspection on our part. We have to be careful about what we speak and whether our speaking will be of help and encouragement to other people. Bernard Meltzer says “Before you speak, you ask yourself, if what you are going to say is true, is kind, is necessary and is helpful. If the answer is no, maybe what you are about to say should be left unsaid.”.This statement is self-explanatory and must be carefully understood.
Have simple friends in life
Friends impact our lives. They are the people that you run to first after your family, when you are in trouble. So it is important not to have complicated, stressed out people around you when you want to simplify your life. Remember if you are around peaceful and positive people then it helps you to be positive and peaceful. It is very important to choose your friends wisely. If they are nurturing or encouraging you then stay close to them. But if they are depleting your energy and are a source of your problems then it’s time to consider taking some strong decisions in your interest.
Time management is a key thing
It is very important to manage your time. In today’s world, time is money. It is important to manage your time by combining the “to do” things. As an e.g., you could shop for your groceries, on your way back from some other job that you had to finish. Plan your things in advance so that you do not do any last minute thinking. Plan your day and prepare a schedule for your “to do” things, so that you are well aware of the things to be done in a specified time period. It is important to organise and prioritise things so that you can cut down on unwanted things. It is important to effectively and efficiently do things so that you can save time for yourself.
“Discipline is doing what needs to be done even when you don’t want to do it”. This statement is so true. Discipline helps us to get where we want to get in life. It brings order, good fruit and also freedom in your life. For e.g., it is important for you to realize whether it is right to continue to eat junk food and not exercise, thus resulting in bad health . Wouldn’t it be wise and disciplined to exercise and eat healthy food, leading to a long and healthy life.
Control your thoughts and encourage yourself to have positive thoughts
If you want your life to change, then it is imperative that your thoughts must change first. You will always follow your mind. Mind is the cockpit of your body. It is important to have correct and positive thoughts in your mind so that you can see the manifestation of correct things in your life. You can revolutionize your life by simply changing your approach towards life. The mind is a battlefield and there is a constant process of wrong thoughts being planted in your mind. It is important to stay positive and refuse to fear. Research has proved that people who have stayed positive, hopeful and full of faith, have seen many supernatural miracles in their life. Positive people believe in the goodness of God and have full faith in God’s ability to deliver them from any trouble.
These are some of the easy ways to simplify your life and live a healthy, stress free life. We can only give to others what we have. If we have joy, we will be able to pass it on to others.Similarly if we have despair we will pass on negativity. Make a conscious choice to lead a positive and hope filled life.
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