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Live a simple life – Day 2

Wanting less will bring you more joy than having too much. ~ Christine Sternfels

Live a simple life day 2  - Copyright 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.

 

 

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Live a simple life – Day 1

Sometimes, it takes hard and complicated decisions to make life simple. ~ Christine Sternfels

Live a simple life day 1  - Copyright 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.

 

 


Life according to Charlie

You’re not gone… just on another great adventure. ~Christine Sternfels

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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…

According to Charlie…
Life is simple. If you have to think too hard about anything, you’re just making it complicated and your brain cells are dying in vain. Love abundantly and shamelessly.  Family is so precious, never take them for granted.  Lick their faces if they’re mad at you.  If you want friends, be one.  If you don’t have friends, you probably need a bath.  Be grateful.  Be kind.  Live simply.  Want nothing beyond your needs.  Smile, and it’s okay to drool at the same time.  Give without wanting anything in return, maybe a belly rub now and then.  Dream.  Chase other dogs in your dreams.  Dream about chasing other dogs in a dream.  Take long naps.  If you start snoring, tell your boss it’s nasal therapy.  Work hard.  Play harder.  Change happens, go with the flow.  If the kid gives you a tacky Mohawk, she loves you.  Don’t sweat the small stuff, there’s better use for that energy. Cry if you have to.  Laugh out loud (literally… none of that lol text stuff).  Hug.  Sing (or in my case, howl).  Dance.  Be silly.  Have compassion.  Reserve barking for when it is really needed. Wag your tail even when you’re sad.  Don’t be sad too long.  If it doesn’t smell right, don’t lick it.  Not everything is edible.  Be yourself.  Let life teach, then learn.  If you weren’t born to chase squirrels, don’t.  Different strokes for different folks, opinions don’t always have to be shared.  Don’t judge.  Don’t be a bully, it’s dumb.  Be gentle.  You don’t have to chase the ball just because that’s what the other dogs are doing.  Balls can be admired from a distance.  Relax, I’m just smelling your butt… there is no way I’m eating that!  Listen when someone’s talking.  Do no harm.  Don’t hold grudges.  Get along.  I want world peace.  If you have to explain, you probably should have done it.  Be honest.  Be true to yourself and to others.  There is always a bright side.  Look for the good in everyone.  You don’t have to understand everything.  Wealth is not always measured in gold, money or possessions.  Usually it’s how often you get hugs and belly rubs.  Be remembered for the love you gave.  Love.  Love.  Love.  If all else fails, lick their faces.
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