Top Ten Fundamentals

Every day I am giving the opportunity:

  • to be frustrated.  
  • to be irritated with others.  
  • to be stressed.  
  • to be worried.  
  • to be worried about what other people think.
  • to question myself.
  • to question others.
  • to yell.
  • to sigh.
  • to roll my eyes.
  • to grumble.
  • to complain.
  • to be a part of the problem.
  • to add to the chaos.

    And sometimes I take that opportunity and run with it.  But nothing good has ever come from any of those emotions or actions.  Nothing at all.  So I refuse to act that way anymore.  More is expected of me.

    I love Gandhi’s Top 10 Fundamentals for Changing the World (poster found here).  Words to live by.  Gandhi believed in living a life of simplicity, of faith, of truth, of non-violence, and of service.  He believed in something that he called, “reducing myself to zero”; reducing the clutter in your life in order to serve others better.  He even spent one day a week in total silence; saying that it brought him inner peace and made him a better listener.
    I don’t see the whole “total silence” thing ever happening in my life (I do live with children), but I certainly can take some time each day to remember some of his great wisdom.
    There’s only one phrase that I would edit–the one that says, “you are in control”–because that is not true.  God is in control.  And I am so glad that He is because I would never be able to “forgive and let go” without Him.
    “So, whether I eat or drink, or whatever I do, do it all for the glory of God.” ~1 Corinthians 10:31

    One Comment

    1. jillannfritts

      Girl, I couldn't agree more. I just had a revelation driving to work that I was choosing to be happy today…despite the fact that I'd been sitting in traffic for over an hour, I left my house with both kids screaming bloody murder and my poor sweet husband knee deep in the trenches dealing with the morning chaos.
      I choose to be happy. Today. I'll deal with Tomorrow tomorrow.

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