Time for a Change? Good, ’cause We Can Do Better

This is not meant to be a confession of the rude and wasteful things I’m guilty of. However, there are some things in my life that make it clear it’s time for a change. Because, I, no, we can do better.  Once again I turn to Louise Hay for inspiration.

When it's time for a change, reading affirmations like this one from Louise Hay will help.

I believe our actions and feelings are ruled by self-talk. When I need motivation to do helpful things for others, myself, or the environment, I recite the above quote. This is because it gets me moving in the right direction. Thereafter, my affirmations lead to self-improvement and I have done better.

We can do better’ means it’s time for a change.

So, why not begin by doing something for others?

  • Put down the cell phone when you have company. Also, do I really have to say please don’t text and drive?
  • Be more attentive when someone is speaking to you. Listen with your ears and your eyes.
  • Be sensitive to other’s needs, feelings, and moods.
  • Reach out to someone who needs a helping hand.
  • Surprise a friend with the perfect gift for no reason.
  • Be real and love with all your heart.
  • And, oh yeah, don’t forget your manners.
It's time for a change to using good manners.  Start with this list.
Be polite. Say please and thank you.

Looking for self-improvement? Do something for yourself.

  • Again, lose the cell.  Social media is fine, but too much is too much!
  • Find a good way to relieve stress.
  • Eat better. Fuel your engine with high-test foods. As the great Jack LaLanne said, “Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
  • Move more. May I suggest ballroom dancing?
  • Become more aware of your posture. You’ll cut down on back and neck pain if you avoid slouching.
  • Take care of someone or something else. In fact, it doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, neighbor, relative, or pet.
  • Make personal hygiene and appearance a priority. Fran Drescher says, “If you look good, you feel good.”  I’m down with that.
  • Believe in something bigger than yourself.

It’s time for a change when it comes to the environment:

  • It’s time to support efforts to fight climate change.
  • Be tidy. Begin with your own personal space like your home, yard, or car.
  • Reuse and recycle.
  • Whenever possible, choose energy efficient homes, appliances, transportation, etc.
  • Don’t drive when you can walk. Actually look around you when you’re walking. Notice the bad and the ugly and do what you can to make it good.
  • When shopping, avoid excessive packaging.
  • Some wildlife that we might consider pests are really helpful to our environment. Learn the difference.
  • Don’t waste water or electricity. Make it your habit to run a full load in the dishwasher or washing machine.  In addition, please turn out the lights when you leave a room.

Now, this is not to suggest that you make all of these changes at the same time. To be successful, self-improvement must come gradually. Pick a few that seem reasonable to you and make them a part of your life. Be a part of the change. You can do it.

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