3 Tips for Living your Best Life
I hit a slump recently. Last winter my partner and I got engaged which started a huge flurry of activity. We had to make a guest list, pick a venue, travel up to meet his family… Oh and I needed to get my house ready to sell. It was a project, and I made a production schedule for the whole thing. I balanced my day job with cleaning out closets and managing contractors, planned a birthday party for my kiddo, it was nuts.
Then everything settled down. It’s funny how inactivity can cause the blues. What do you do when you have the blues? Make a change. So I did. I start listening to motivational speakers, cheesy, I know. But I heard something that I want to share.
How to live your best life.
1. Be productive. Serve the many.
Honestly, this was the biggest thing that was missing when the slump hit me. Without a project, this producer gets the blues. So be productive. The Master Teacher told us to serve the many. The more people you can serve the better you’re life will be. Find a way to serve the many. Think about it, the most successful companies are those who have lots and lots of customers. They have found a way to serve the many.
2. Enlarge your spiritual life.
Whatever your belief system. Study it. Practice it. Teach it. I have a friend who I respect who said that she has made a lot of mistakes in her life but the one thing she continues to do is to seek a God of her understanding. She humbly admits that this God is so big she has to keep seeking. The Apostle Paul talks about not having reached the goal yet but he keeps pursuing it. So if the dude who wrote a good part of the New Testament was studying, practicing and teaching, we could do the same.
3. Don’t miss anything. Be observant.
“Quiet nights/ by quiet stars/ quiet chords on my guitar/ floating on the silence that surrounds us.” Antonio Carlos Jobim wrote , “Corcovado” in Portuguese but the English translation is beautiful. Can’t you see it? Two people sitting together in a living room with a window looking out over the mountain. He’s playing his guitar softly as the notes float by. You can almost feel the intimacy between the two, can’t you?
Don’t miss it. Pay attention, beauty is everywhere. The swim meet, sweaty and chlorinated, the light in your kid’s face when he’s the first in his heat. The elegance of a deer as it walks across your backyard. Elementary aged kids singing Christmas carols. The taste of a perfectly ripe peach. Don’t take any of it for granted. Notice it all.
Especially your inner circle. You know the ones, your spouse and kids, your best friends, these are the people that love you and will support you. Don’t loose sight of them while chasing the next gig or while working the amazing gig you’re on.
If you live well, you will earn well. Focus on that, and everything else will fall right into place
Have a good show everyone.
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