Monday, December 01, 2008

12 Steps to Health, Wealth and Wisdom

It's a little bit like Eat, Pray, Love, the book about one woman's journey that's become a bestseller by virtue of its echoes in Everywoman's soul.

These potent, playful suggestions for living came to me via What Shines subscriber Iona Laing in Durban, South Africa. Iona received them from the grandmother of 25-year-old Atlanta, Georgia resident Sean Mitchell. (Sean's grandmother subscribes to Iona's newsletter.) Enjoy!

1. Walk for 10-30 minutes each day. While walking, smile. It's the ultimate anti-depressant.
2. When you wake up, complete the following statement, "My purpose is to _______ today."
3. Eat more foods that grow on plants and less food manufactured in plants.

4. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

6. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

7. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

8. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"
9. Forgive everyone for everything.

10. Your job won't take care of you when you're sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch!
11. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________.

 Today I accomplished _________.

12. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

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