“Leroy, your article is late. Why?” I can make all sorts of excuses for why this is late. But I’d like to spare you all the excuses. I don’t like making excuses for my shortcomings. Any sort of rationale I offer will sound like an excuse
“I was busy last night. I couldn’t write. I didn’t have a topic. I wasn’t thinking about it. It slipped my mind.”
All those can be reasonable excuses, but instead I offer an apology. Sorry.
Now that the unpleasant moment is out of the way, I’d like to offer you three ways to optimize your life today.
1) Avoid time travelling
The past problems are behind you. While they may influence who you are and what you stand for, they do not matter. No amount of energy spent can change the past, the relationships, struggles, turmoil and anguish.
Time travelling only has negative effects.
“But Leroy, what if I only think about positive moments?”
Speaking for myself – and I’d like to think it’s the same for the general population – my brain usually focuses on my mistakes/problems. Unless, I focus on the positive in my past, it usually centered on the negative.
Instead, live now. I had a lot of problems in my past, but at this current time, in this current moment, nothing is wrong. That’s a good feeling to have. I have energy, focus and happiness with that thought.
I implore you focus on now.
2) Avoid the news
The news is filled with so much negativity, gossip and drama. Personally, I do not need any extra fuel to my fire. Most news is reported by very bad reporters who are encouraged to use scare tactics to keep you in submission and slavery.
While it is incredibly important to stay informed of current issues, in my opinion, mainstream media is not a suitable outlet. It’s biased and often depicting a one-sided story.
The majority of news is a downer. I propose looking at news from different categories (science, (green) technology, business, etc.) Focus on positive aspects of the news such as breakthroughs.
3) Ask questions
Children have a crap-load of questions. You can assume one of two things: Children are stupid or children are smart.
If you assume children ask a lot of questions because they are stupid and know nothing, I’d like to humbly disagree with you.
I think children ask multiple questions because they know nothing, but want to know more. Questions are the foundation of learning. Questions are how children learn.
As adults, we don’t ask enough questions. As self-entitled adults we think we know it all. We think that help isn’t necessary.
“Everyone you will ever meet, knows something you don’t.” –Bill Nye
Question everyone and listen avidly. Everyone goes through different experiences in their lives and can offer varied responses. I will ask more questions everyday.
There are many other ways to optimize your life. If you want more of this, please leave a comment below and I’ll definitely write another article on it. Additionally, I’d like to invite you to leave specific topics that you would like me to cover for future posts.
Be bold, be free, and love on.