Here are 10 Things Everyone Should Start Doing
Much of today’s culture points back to the idea of obtaining more for yourself, but I believe the best way to live life is through selflessly giving back to others. Whether it be through a church, missions trip, charity or “do good” company; giving back is always a wonderful thing to do. Not only will it help you grow as an individual, but your contributions will help those in need around the world.
This is one area I definitely need to work on, but I radically believe in it’s worth when applied to each of our individual lives. There is nothing wrong with eating some junk-food every once in a while, but I would encourage you to also make openings in your diet for fruits, veggies, and other sources of vitamins. I always try to trick myself into believing a strawberry shake is a source of fruit, but my wife is the first to tell me otherwise. Regardless, you get my point. Want to live longer? Eat healthier.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Life without risk is boring. Don’t fall into the temptation of playing it safe and settling for mediocrity. Lace up your shoes, muster up some courage, and dare to believe that anything is possible if you work hard enough. Try something new, eat something new, or explore somewhere new. Expand your horizons by stepping out into unchartered territory. You’ve got nothing to lose, except maybe your average life.
SPEND TIME OUTDOORS
I am not telling you to become the next Bear Grylls or audition for the next season of Survivor. But hey! Why couldn’t you? Get outside of your home or office, and step into the beautiful and intrepid world around you. Go hiking, fishing, camping, or even spend a weekend backpacking in the woods of the High Sierras. There is nothing more rejuvenating than spending time a midst the colossal and awe-inspiring greatness of the outdoors.
HELP PEOPLE IN NEED
Life is too short to be spent on nobody but yourself. Utilize your assets and resources to help those in need around you. This could mean something as simple as giving a dollar to someone in need, or lending a listening ear to someone who is in need of companionship. There are millions of opportunities to help the needy in today’s world, and the question is whether or not you will utilize one of them instead of ignoring them. You could be the change for someone in need.
SPEND MORE TIME WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY
My wife and I have realized the importance of not allowing ourselves to take each other for granted. We understand that time is a valuable, and un-promised resource that has been given to us for the time being. Whether it be your spouse, parents, friends, or family member; I would encourage you to open up space in your life for the people God has put closest to you.
Life is short, and resentment can do a lot more damage than you might thing. Make a point to extend forgiveness to those who are around you. Why? Because someone once forgave you when you didn’t deserve it. Our world would be a lot better off if people learned to start forgiving one another. Nothing in life is worth withholding forgiveness from. Grudges and grace don’t mix.
You might have just cringed when you read this, but I would really encourage you to start taking reading seriously. Buy some books, get yourself a tablet, or even download a digital reader on your smart-phone. There are so many incredible books at your disposal, and life is too short to ignore them. The saying goes: “One who doesn’t read will live a mediocre life.” And while many might disagree, I tend to think reading can open up a world of imagination and wisdom for those who are willing to grasp it. No matter what genre you sway closest to, I guarantee you are bound to find something that will interest you. No one has ever said, “I wish I wouldn’t have read so much.”
CONQUER A FEAR
We all have fears that keep us from truly living the life God has called us to. And while many of us might think our fears are extremely logical, I guarantee that one mans fear is another mans hobby. Don’t let fear keep you from exploring the vast world that God has set before you. Choose something that you are scared of, and make a point to overcome it with valiant tenacity. Kick fear in the gut, and and embark on a journey that I promise you will not regret.
FIND A HOBBY
Don’t let the day-to-day routine of life keep you from pursuing things you are passionate about. Pick up something you find invigorating, and make it a point to add it to your weekly schedule. It’s always a good idea to undertake activities you are excited about, and in doing so you are bound to find yourself living a more fulfilling and joyful life.