Feels incredible today is the grand finale, the 21st day I am writing. It is quite a feat, I was able to keep up every single day without skipping even once. So, three cheers for myself, hip hip… hurray times three. On this last day, I have just one thing to say to myself. I need to make every effort to collate all 20 insights and weave them into my daily life. Easier said than done. But I will do my best. And you never know, life will uplift and feel more satisfying than ever before.
So here we go, I am listing down insights that came to me every single day over the past 20 days. Thanks for following and would love to know what you think. You may click the link to read the full article.
Day 1: Gratitude is the beginning.
Day 2: Turn a new leaf every day. Just get up, dress up and show up. So what, if it’s only a walk up to the dining table.
Day 3: Small changes to the daily mundane can help us find novelty and happiness in familiar spaces, thoughts and ideas. Same old wine in a new bottle. The quest for change or new ends here. Even if you are under a lock down. Period.
Day 4: Life isn’t all rainbows and sunshine. Some days bring out rainbows but the sun shines tirelessly every single day giving us the gift of life.
Day 5: Joy is not just in receiving, but also in giving. Whether it is money or time or an act of kindness; because that’s what makes a fulfilling life.
Day 6: There is light at the end of every tunnel. Failures look nasty in the face, but they always follow you as long as you need to grow. They show you the way. You win some, you lose some.
Day 7: Success isn’t being on a Hedonic treadmill. Success doesn’t lead to permanent happiness either. It is the journey that matters. So the next I see something glittering from afar, I won’t make it my next mission. I will call it a delusion. All that glitters is not gold.
Day 8: Meditation is the Reset button, the Circuit Breaker, the Spotlight Fixer. One that enables me to declutter my mind, kill all chaos and leap forward, rewired with positivity and energy. Just like the clear skies after a dark, stormy night.
Day 9: Live life king size. Be in the moment. You never know when it’s time to leave.
Day 10: Although technology is a great slave, it is a pretty terrible master. It’s all about making the right choices. Simple living by using gadgets sparingly is just like balancing the salt levels in food. Too much is too bad.
Day 11: Involving children in doing daily, mundane and dirty chores is an important life skill. The sooner they realize that life isn’t just about getting into that coveted top school or making heaps of money or ordering around, the better they will turn out as humble humans, as intrepid leaders.
Day 12: Routine may be boring but important. Evading it only keeps you away from that which your heart is in love with or finds leisurely. Get the mundane out of your way and embrace freedom.
Day 13: Decluttering is a basic necessity of life. Be it the room you inhabit or the mind. A clear mind gives birth to vibrant ideas while a cluttered one obviously leads to chaos. The choice is simple. Each time you feel stuck, spend time clearing the space around you. The feeling changes and so do you.
Day 14: Simple, home cooked meals form the essence of a healthy life and a calm mind. Innovation is what keeps you going, even in the kitchen. The next step – GYOF or grow your own food.
Day 15: Maintain safe distance even from social media. It helps to stay focused and expend energy on activities in the real world. Enforce strict curfew hours called My Happy Hours and put them to productive use – spending time with family or self.
Day 16: Learn to hit the Pause button; especially if you are biting dust. A pause gives you time to learn from your mistakes, tweak your plan and to relaunch your wisest self yet.
Day 17: Renewing the vows seems like the best thing to do during this lock down. Albeit, the vows need a touch-up. They need to be more age appropriate in order to sustain the happily ever after.
Day 18: A simple plan about what I would like to STOP, START and CONTINUE doing the day life goes back to normal is all I need. Can life be enjoyed and lived meaningfully despite being less busy, staying minimalistic and slowing down a little? Only time will tell.
Day 19: Life without passion is like decaf coffee. However, striking a balance between passion and dispassion is only way to lunge forward whether you are answerable to your kids or your boss.
Day 20: Self-limiting beliefs is your most powerful enemy. They sit in your head and shut all doors to light. The antidote lay in following tried and tested routines like meditation, talking to positive individuals and reading success stories before deciding to give up. There is always light at the end of the tunnel.
Day 21: Collate all insights from the first 20 days and incorporate them in daily life to see magic happen.