As I’ve got older I’ve become less tolerant. This fact often jeopardises my quest to live more wisely.
And I find that my thoughts around, ‘How to live a better life’ are a very real conundrum as the years fly by, because I realise that time on this earth is not exhaustive.
Do you ever feel anxious that we are on this planet for only a nanosecond of universal time? Do you, like me, often turn to inspirational quotes and sayings in a quest to live life better?
Trying not to sweat the small stuff
Meaningful quotes and sayings about life gleaned from inspirational sources often give me the little bit of daily ‘oomph’ to realise that some things just have to give, while other things should take more precedence.
There is no point in sweating the small stuff, waking in the middle of the night, worrying about stuff you cannot change.
That would be me.
3am – wide awake – fear of the unknown dread and all that.
Is my husband taking on too much stress at work? Is my daughter really doing okay? What about my son – wasn’t there an undercurrent to what he told me yesterday? Shouldn’t I be spending more time in England helping to take care of my elderly Mum? Did I upset so and so today by making that stupid comment? Why did this or that person not return my smile today? Where is my blog going – what am I doing for heavens sake spending so much time at the computer?
And so the drunk money continues his somersaults in my head until I get up and make a cup of Rooibos tea admitting sleep defeat.
Little Life Lessons we should adhere to
The reality is that we don’t have time to worry about inconsequential stuff, or our wrinkles, or what we said to someone yesterday or how we appear to others, or what’s going to happen tomorrow, because we should be up and doing, out and being, creating, loving, enjoying and laughing, and definitely be doing a little bit of good where we can too.
Even so, there are times when it’s easy to mutter and moan or stew over a misguided backhanded compliment, or want to yell at someone who’s just said something that bugs the hell out of you.
I found this quote this morning by Meryl Streep, and it struck a chord.
I no longer have patience for certain things, not because I’ve become arrogant, but simply because I reached a point in my life where I do not want to waste more time with what displeases me or hurts me. I have no patience for cynicism, excessive criticism and demands of any nature. I lost the will to please those who do not like me, to love those who do not love me and to smile at those who do not want to smile at me. Meryl Streep.
Meryl went on to elaborate further, and I’ve taken the liberty of using some of her thoughts and great sayings as a jumping off point to help me be a stronger and better person.
I hope you find these inspirational sayings about life helpful too.
How to live a better life
- Cherish your family. Bolster them through their difficulties and challenges and applaud their every success no matter how small.
- Recognise people who are toxic, or those that undermine you, and spend as little time as possible with them.
- Don’t waste a minute on people who try to manipulate or control you.
- Be the best version of yourself you can be everyday day.
- Don’t accept hypocrisy.
- Don’t accept arrogance whether it be intellectual, or based on physical beauty or money.
- Head on conflict is a no-no. Disarm people personably.
- Embrace difference and diversity, and try to be patient with those who have rigid points of view.
- Treasure loyal friends, and don’t spend too much time spreading yourself thin amongst acquaintances.
- Give and accept compliments honestly and graciously, and honour those who give them.
I would love to hear your tips and daily inspirations too.