I'm trying to fill life with experiences, quality time spent with quality people or nothing rather than stuff.
I'd love to be more positive and contented, but am not very good at it. Cuddle Fairy's #nocomplaints day was a challenge. I caved at lunch-time and had a bit of a whine and a moan. It's a work in progress.
Most tips on being more contented I've seen aren't very practical or achievable. The ones I'm about to share are. They're from How to Be a Bad Christian-- And a Better Human Being by Dave Tomlinson. As they're half a page in a 226 page book and I've paraphrased, I should be okay copyright-wise.
- Make a list of things you're thankful for, keep a gratitude journal for a few weeks or write nice things down and store them in a jar to open as and when. Be sure to express your thanks.
- Connect regularly with nature. Walk in the park or in the countryside.
- Don't compare your life with other people's lives. Have the courage just to be you.
- De-clutter your space and your mind whenever possible. Keep life simple. Post to follow.
- Have fun! Make room for "gratuitous pleasure".
- Spend lots of time with people who love you. Just because they do.
Tomlinson finishes with the Prayer of Serenity:
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference".
I heartily recommend Bad Christian. Describing itself as "Christianity without the guff", Tomlinson looks at the big questions - forgiveness, living in the present, seeing God in suffering and appreciating the good in other religions etc. He encourages you to see God as loving and inclusive. To think things through rather than accepting without question what you're taught.
What tips do you have for being more contented? Please share in the comments. I need all the help.
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