Thursday, May 02, 2013

Five Simple Rules For Happiness

I came upon this list on a Facebook page called ZenCEO.

Five Simple Rules for Happiness

  • Free your heart from hatred.
  • Free your mind from worries.
  • Live simply.
  • Give more.
  • Expect less.
I admit that I don’t love everyone. Some people I simply tolerate. However, I can also say that I don’t hate anyone. I also rarely worry. Most women worry so much that men don’t need to do so. My wife has made a career of worrying. I have concerns, and I try to prevent problems, but worry takes up very, very little of my time. Most people learn the value of simplicity as they age. The first half of life is spent gathering. The second half of life is spent letting things go. One learns to find joy in simplicity as one gets older. You learn that less is more. I’ve never had too much money so I usually haven’t had much to give away. However, over the course of my life I have given away many, many material things. If I have something I don’t need, and another person needs what I have, I simply give it to them. Only on a rare occasion have I expected payment for anything. My way of expecting less is to be content with whatever is available or offered. In place of high expectations, I choose to be grateful what whatever I have.

2 comments:

Bill M said...

Well said Michael. I've had a cycling friend for many years who I knew had strong opinions, but we enjoyed the bikes and the rides so much, that we wouldn't get into anything else. However, with the all-connecting Facebook, his hateful rants are non-stop. Very sad how some people allow to be filled up with the wrong energy.
The list is simple but says so much.
Thanks.
Bill

Darren Hallam said...

I was fortunately enough to have had God speak to me. I heard three words as if they were spoken. They were:
"Don't forget love."

Of course I questioned this: Don't forget to feel, give, be.... And I heard four more words: "No, don't forget love"

Simply the most profound three words I have ever heard. I have learned that Love is a state of being and gratitude is a wonderful part of this state. I can only imagine what the world would be like if no one forgot Love.