On a daily basis, I like to be reminded about how to live. This quotation is something I came across today on social media. Normally, I don’t like getting inundated with memes and quotes. However, this one struck a chord. It is interesting how much wisdom crosses over across time periods, cultures and schools of thought. This nugget from a Quaker newsletter might as well have appeared in the AA Grapevine. Time and time again, I am reminded to be patient, humble and live in the moment.
It’s All Small Stuff
Live beneath your means.
Return everything you borrow.
Stop blaming other people.
Admit it when you make a mistake.
Give clothes not worn in 3 years to charity.
Do something nice and try not to get caught.
Listen more; talk less.
Every day take a 30 minutes walk.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Be on time.
Don’t make excuses.
Be kind to kind people.
Be kind to unkind people.
Let someone cut ahead of you in line.
Take time to be alone.
Reread your favorite book.
Cultivate good manners.
Realize and accept that life isn’t fair.
Know when to keep your mouth shut.
Go an entire day without criticizing anyone.
Learn from the past.
Plan for the future.
Live in the present.
Don’t sweat the small stuff.
It´s all small stuff.
-from a Quaker newsletter