“No matter how bad you want things to happen right now, sometimes later is better” ~Christine Sternfels
To live a simple life… practice patience. It’s in God’s time, not ours. It’s difficult to be patient, but to suffer the consequences of haste is usually worse.
“Don’t take the daily simple pleasures in life for granted. They are the moments you can enjoy at little or no cost, effort or sacrifice” ~Christine Sternfels
To live a simple life… find the time to enjoy a cup of tea. Take this time to soak in the silence, peace and quiet and to reflect on the abundant blessings you have in your life.
The little money I have – that is my wealth, but the things I have for which I would not take money, that is my treasure. ~Robert Brault,
I cannot always agree that money can’t buy you happiness.
It does pay for gas when I want to go to the beach. It allows me to donate to charities with great causes. It allows me to take a vacation, giving me quality time with my family. It gives me peace of mind when I can pay the mortgage, groceries and the electric bill. It allows me to get a massage after working 60 hours a week for months. It is a big part of survival so I try to be good to it, because it is good to me. The key is its role. I don’t make it the most important part of my life but I know I need it to survive. To live a simple life… have a budget and do your best to stick to it. Respect your money.
Wanting less will bring you more joy than having too much. ~ Christine Sternfels
Who’s guilty of buying more than what they need because it was on sale? Or buying something to reward yourself because you thought you deserved it. How about convincing yourself you need something because you have to buy $200 worth of stuff so you can put it on your card – interest free for 12 months – because you swear it will be paid off by then? This is the reason why my garage is a storage room. I’m guilty of all of the above, and I’m sure I’m not alone here.
While transitioning to a simpler life, this is one of the things I struggled with most. I wouldn’t say I was addicted to shopping or material things because ultimately, I discovered it was the instant gratification of possessing anything newly acquired that gave me the high. That’s why finding joy in ownership or abundance of things is temporary because the bill comes then you have to start paying for it and eventually, something better comes along then you’re no longer happy with the one you have. It’s a vicious cycle!
To live a simple life… Want less.
Sometimes, it takes hard and complicated decisions to make life simple. ~ Christine Sternfels
Good morning everyone! I’ve missed blogging and my cyber family & friends. I was going through an emotional roller coaster after Charlie passed away and found it difficult to write. So, I took a short break and I’ve allowed myself to grieve. I’m much better now and am ready to heal.
Today, we begin our thirty-day series on “Live a simple life”. This is the fourth ingredient of my “Secret sauce” for happiness. We started with “The re-discovery of happiness“, followed by “Being grateful for the little things“, then “Random acts of kindness“.
Live a simple life will be about steps taken, lessons learned and ideas to simplify life. I look forward to sharing my discoveries and hearing back from what you’ve experienced in your own lives. Today, to simplify my life… I’m letting go.
Have you ever re-lived moments that make you cringe, upset or sad? Yet we keep going back to that awful place, which leaves mixed feelings that won’t go away. Before you know it, the day has gone by and you’ve lived most of it re-living a not-so-pleasant past. Often, we hold on to feelings that hold us prisoners of our past. We hold on to feelings for reasons we’ve convinced ourselves are valid, to the point of not being able to move forward to appreciate the present. As much as we’re able to choose to hold on, we’re just as capable of making the choice to let go. We hold the key to our own chains. Join me today, by unlocking that chain and breaking whatever it is that is keeping you in the past. Today, let’s start moving forward.
Today, the sun will set. With it, will be what I no longer need to hold on to. Life is full of possibilities, new beginnings and beauty. I will make it simpler by letting go of emotions that dampen my mood, cloud my judgement, make me sad and get in the way of experiencing the good moments. No, I’m not letting go of the memories that fill my life, just the sadness that comes with it.
You’re not gone… just on another great adventure. ~Christine Sternfels
Today, I picked up Charlie’s ashes and paw print. First I cried, then smiled, then cried, then smiled. Passersby were starting to look concerned (or scared). I finally got myself together, wiping the tears and snot from my face then I started to think about how life is according to how Charlie lived. Thought I’d share…
Don’t choose who to be kind to, be kind to everyone. Don’t decide when to be kind, be kind at all times. Don’t worry about how small it may seem, to someone it makes a big difference. Don’t limit yourself to the easy acts, kindness is supposed to be selfless. ~Christine Sternfels
When I started this series, I thought “Piece of cake! I can do random acts of kindness with my eyes closed.” It was ok at first because I was doing things I wanted to do, when I wanted. The more I got into it, the harder it got because I could not come up with things that fit my schedule. I wasn’t trying to change the world, but why was I looking for grander gestures to make a difference? I learned it had to start with small acts, at any given time, anywhere and with anyone.
“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ~Mother Teresa
I hope this series’ posts have somehow inspired you to do something kind by nature and frequently. Have a great weekend everyone!
When you start looking beyond your own needs, you’d be amazed to find what sits in front of you. The opportunities to give of yourself is just within reach and you should always go for it. ~Christine Sternfels
Today’s exercise is to give of yourself to someone in need be it a shoulder to cry on, a sympathetic ear (a good time to hold back on opinions and advice and just be there in silence), someone to have fun with (kids love it when adults get goofy) or get creative.
Have a great day everyone and happy giving!
We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. ~Charlie Chaplin
One of the simplest forms of kindness (and my favorite) are hugs. Today’s exercise is to hug as many people as you can! Why the heck not? If you’re too far away, text or message a hug.
PS… please hug wisely to ensure safety and avoid lawsuits :-)
While being kind to others, don’t forget to be kind to yourself too. ~Christine Sternfels
Take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Today’s exercise… do something for yourself. Get a mani-pedi, a massage, read a book all day or plan a vacation. This is a great way to recharge your giving batteries.
Happy Sunday everyone! Enjoy planning your reward, but most of all… enjoy the reward!
Out of 86,400 seconds we get each day, I think we can spend 10 of it counting our blessings. ~ Christine Sternfels
I’m grateful for…
Time I am given each and every day. Time to pray, time for myself, time for my family, time for work, time for leisure and time to do absolutely nothing at all!
I’m letting go of…
Wishing there were more than 24 hours in each day, I would probably be exhausted everyday if that were so.
First of all, I’d like to apologize for reducing my daily blog down to a weekly post. That is temporary. I’ve been putting so much time on finding ways to raise funds for my non-profit organization that I’ve forgotten about my love… pictures and words. Oh well I guess the kids and hubby too! In addition to being so focused, I’ve neglected to set aside some time for my family. Can someone please kick my behind?
Time… It’s the one thing you can’t buy and holds more value than the most expensive possession you’ve ever had. It’s also what most of us take for granted and should be more mindful of more often. It isn’t something we can ever get back. It moves too swiftly, yet not fast enough for others. We are all given this, how you use it is up to you. So now, I will take some time away from the computer and spend it with my family, under the stars, in front of the bay and away from my crazy routine… Have a great weekend everyone!
If you’re doing your best, you’re not failing. You only fail if you quit or don’t even try at all because you were too scared to fail. ~ Christine Sternfels
I’m grateful for…
Lessons learned from the many, many failures I’ve succeeded in attaining. Strength gained from pain I had to endure from all my failures. Love and support my family continued to give in times of my lowest low. Some wisdom from having to experience one failure after another. A chance at a fresh start.
I’m letting go of…
Thinking that finishing last is failing. Giving too much thought to what people might think if I failed. Success is too far away because I’ve failed too much. Being discouraged to get up every time I fall. Giving in to defeat just because I had a weak moment.
Failure is something that happens, not you. So get up, brush it off and start all over again… now.
Change happens. When we resist, it slows down the inevitable. When we accept, we become part of its progression. And when change turns into progress, we experience joy. ~Christine Sternfels
Want to see the rest of this series? Click here to start on day one.
Tears aren’t always sad. ~Christine Sternfels
Once in a while, look at your life through a child’s eyes. You’ll see more color, have more hope and find it easier to be happy. ~Christine Sternfels
When was the last time you jumped for joy? If you had to think about it, it’s been too long. Sometimes it’s all you need to shake off your gloom. ~Christine Sternfels
IN THIS SERIES…
- The re-discovery of happiness … day 1
- The re-discovery of happiness … day 2
- The re-discovery of happiness … day 3
- The re-discovery of happiness … day 4
- The re-discovery of happiness … day 5
- The re-discovery of happiness … day 6
- The re-discovery of happiness … day 7
- The re-discovery of happiness … day 8
Some wish for happiness, others create it. ~Christine Sternfels
IN THIS SERIES…
Ever wonder why pets and kids are always happy? Simply because… they are. They don’t try to find it, over analyze it, buy it or make it a goal. They just are. ~Christine Sternfels
There is no secret to happiness. It’s something we all know and are capable of being.
Over the next 30 days, I will post a “Happiness” quote each day. They are sayings by wise women and men. From simple folk and anonymous authors to influential leaders of great nations. From students of life to spiritual leaders. Some will be funny and witty, while others will be deep and life-changing. Some go back a few centuries and some were just thought of five minutes ago, which is what I will start this series with. Yes, one of my own.
Won’t you join me on this journey? Feel free to take along anyone you wish. My hope is to be reminded of this special gift each day, so I may continue to share it and hold on to it forever. So are you ready? Buckle up, cause here we go!
Rest well tonight, for tomorrow you will weather some storms. ~ Christine Sternfels
When your mind starts to wander, it’s just taking a break from too much wondering. ~Christine Sternfels
Daydreaming is my favorite pastime. Ever since I can remember, it was a place of comfort for me. As an artist, everywhere I look stirs ideas that get me wondering on how to change, improve or recreate something. Always thinking, always creating something in my head. So when I need to take a break from wondering…. I simply let my mind wander.
Success is sweet, but first you sweat for it. ~ Christine Sternfels
Faith… hope is its brother, trust is its sister, belief is its partner and reason is not required. ~ Christine Sternfels
I was raised Catholic. I married a Jewish man. I have friends who practice Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Mormonism, Paganism, Taoism. Some are Christian, Protestants, Baptists, Anglicans, Agnostic and Atheists. Today, my husband, daughters and I are Christians. I don’t go to church all the time, but I try. I can’t call out quotes from the bible, but I own one and read it. I am not religious, but my faith in God is steady most of the time. I’d be lying if I told you my faith can’t be shaken. It has been tested over the years, but I can’t say I’ve ever lost my faith in God.
I am human – not perfect, not without sin and definitely not without fault. Love and compassion are the baseline of my actions, and when you read about the message that different religions have, it boils down to those two words.
Faith is an essential part of my life.
Even on the gloomiest day and rain is pouring down hard… the clouds will open up and light will shine through. ~ Christine Sternfels