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Keeping Things Simple

“Life is short.

Break the rules.

Forgive quickly.

Kiss slowly. Love truly.

Laugh uncontrollably

And never regret anything that makes you smile.”  (Mark Twain)

 I love this as a mantra, especially for those of us with lots of life perspective (a-hem, older) and also especially while we continue to do our part in today’s ugly virus environment.

 It’s becoming clear that yes, life is short and way too short for being the strict rule-follower I’ve always been. Time to loosen up and trust that I’ll follow the important ones and break some of the others as needed.

 I’ll forgive others for not following all those rules (my fellow freeway drivers to start with) and trust that they too will follow the most important for them (keeping in mind the safety of all of us of course). We’re all just trying to make it down our respective paths after all, and sometimes too many little rules and perceived “right” way of doing things can get in the way of what’s best for us at the time.

 Savoring kisses and time with my husband and loving him (and other loved ones) without judgement or expectation of anything in return. What a gift to love someone fully and express that to them. Not enough of that going around these days. Virtual expressions, in many cases, may have to do for now, and even that seemingly small gesture is turning out to be so meaningful to people.

 Laughing out loud and uncontrollably happens way too infrequently for me, and for others from what I’ve noticed. I’ll seek out those innocent, fun causes of laughter and revel in them more often. Old tv shows, classic funny movies, cartoons, videos, pet antics, and humorous happenings. More of those please.

 I will smile and take note of what causes that upturn of lips and the ensuing good, light feeling and put myself in those situations every chance I get. I will leave the past where it belongs and keep looking forward to what this amazing life has in store.

So much to be grateful, even here and now, right outside that window.

Nice, simple little reminders to live by.