Make Your Life Flourish
By Mary Kay Buttery
Desiring to have fun is natural, normal and an a sound approach to a healthy state of being. Your life cannot help but flourish if your daily routine is infused with FUN. Consider it a basic need along with food, shelter, clothing, Etc! Of course, this is not to say that you don't take important things seriously. It is to say, however, that you don't treat every experience as though your life depends on it.
Old patterning may have taught us that having fun is acceptable in its proper place and time. And for some, fun is interpreted as a childish action and not appropriate behavior for an adult. Letting go of modeling that no longer serves us creates a natural vacuum and an unblocked channel for fresh new energy, FUN, to come into our live. Start introducing and enveloping this light hearted approach to living at a relaxed and gentle pace, as this is not a test and there is no "pass-fail".
Here are a some simple actions that will generate FUN in your life:
- Share Yourself with Others! Start with a SMILE. It works.
Smile at a person you pass on the street, smile and wave at a neighbor; smile and greet your pet at the door; smile at your waiter and leave a really big tip because you're having a great day; smile and start a conversion with the cashier; smile when you pick up the phone, the caller will hear it in your voice, And on and on!!
- Nurture Yourself. MAKE some time each day for a "mind Vacation.
When we were kids fun was scheduled into our school schedule. "Recess was a time to play games, laugh with our friends and frolic on the playground. By breaking for fun we returned to the classroom feeling refreshed, invigorated and better able to concentrate on the tasks at hand. So, schedule in "Recess". Jump in a pile of leaves; go for a 10 minute walk; next time you see a rainbow, stop and really admire it; test drive a really expensive car; sit and relax; rent a funny movies, pop some popcorn and laugh; read a book; listen to music; play a game with the kids; jump on the bed; play hop-scotch; take a drive to no where; stand on your head. Do what presents itself. And make sure you honor your appointment with fun as much as you would any other entry in your calendar!
- Pat Yourself on the Back, Often.
Celebrate all the successes in your life. Many times we get hung up on that obvious situation that is causing us turmoil and sapping our energy. If this happens call a time out, breath, and one by one count the things in your life you are proud of and appreciate. What a great way to feel uplifted!
- Un burden Yourself
Start to clear away the old dead parts of your life. Return a call, get rid of all the clothes you can't fit into, call a service to clean your house, clear and organize your desk area, be willing to let go of an old "grudge you be holding on to. Do what is in your face at the moment! Easy does it now, this is not a race.
- Let the Outside, In
As children we were taught to protect ourselves, to beware. Now is the time to drop our imaginary guard.. Look at life as a conspiracy to bring you only the very best. I guarantee doors you did not know existed will start to swing open, bringing you a life beyond your wildest and fondest dreams!
- Veto Debt, Take on Agreements
Throw out any words in your vocabulary that don't have a pleasant tone. For example; for some the word "debt may feel mundane and heavy. If this is the case, the words "agreement"or "arrangement may be good replacements. After all we have a lot of words to choice from!
- Be That
Think about what you enjoy the most about other people. For example, is it because they have a positive attitude, joke around, interact in a friendly way, etc. Then do it!
- Give Away all your "Shoulds and Have Tos"
Lets face it, not one of us has to do anything. We all make choices. So stand tall, take a "I'm in charge attitude and notice how you step into your day (and life) with a new found sense of anticipation and wonder.
- What's Fun?
Take some time to ponder what "fun is for you, then take action steps to participate "just for the fun of it". And, whenever you hear or read about an event or activity that fascinates you add it to your "fun to do list.
- Watch a Child
We forgot how to have fun. So an easy and FUN way to help us remember is to watch a child.Feel the magic and wonder they emanate.Take it in. It is contiguous!
- Allow Time for Surprises
Every now and then do something nice for someone totally unexpected. Call someone up and tell him or her how much you appreciate them; give someone a back rub, when crossing a toll ridge or entering a toll road, pay the fare for the vehicle behind you; return a grocery cart to the stall; put coins in expired parking meters; give Hershey's Kisses to people; leave your change in the soda machine for the next person.
- Throw this Away!
This article is a tool to assist. Use the parts that work, and throw the rest away. There is one thing that you can always depend on, it is you! Trust yourself. Your inner voice, or gut feelings, is your personal assistant on duty 24/7.
Mary Kay Buttery, 2005
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw
About The Author
Mary Kay Buttery is a natural healer, passionate that people discover peace and simplicity in their everyday experiences.