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.
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.
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.
For 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.