When I came home from my most recent trip at sea; my wife had taken a brightly colored throw rug out of our bathroom, and placed it just inside our front door. It makes the entrance way much more bright and welcoming. Just by moving a rug from its usual resting place. The whole house has a better “feel”. Simple things can make a huge difference; especially , if they are unexpected. What about in your personal life?
Oh yes. Here is a simple thing you can do -if you live with someone- pay attention when they speak. Yep. Just listen. It is difficult to do, but , oh so simple. All you have to do, is listen. That means you cannot be thinking of a reply, before they are even done speaking. It means you have to think about what they are saying, why they are saying it, and when. If you learn to listen, you will discover how much they have to say. They will discover that they can say anything they need to say. You will then have communicated. Simple. LOL
For you working people; find something that everyone in your office, corporation, or business: bitches about. Then fix it. Yep. Instead of going: “Man, they don’t even ….” Or , “They don’t care about us…” Find something to do that makes it easier for your workplace, or fellow workers. It can be something as simple as getting the group together with the “bosses” ; to figure out what is best for the customers. Happier customers , better business, longer job! Simple.
Want to get along better with other cultures, or people of a different background? Stop judging differences. That’s all. Take away : “Wrong”, and “Right”, replace it with something like: tolerance. Try to find out why they do what they do- and why it bothers you. Then, let it go. Different is just different- it isn’t wrong or right. Simple.
Trying to figure out what to do with your life? Look around at it. What don’t you like about the way you are , or where you are; right now. Right this moment in life. Looking at where you are, gives you a starting point. Even though that starting point may be : “I can’t live like this anymore.” Sometimes, finding out what you don’t like, is a great starting place for finding what you do like. Simple things.
I have a friend, who had to take a job at a Fast Food Place – and he was forty years old! He hated it. After a few months, he realized he hated the JOB, but , he loved managing people. Turns out, he makes great schedules, he adapts to the folks who works with him. He likes finding out who is a good cook, and who is a good cashier. He has the lowest turnover of any Fast Food store in our old town. What he discovered is, he likes management. He now is the General Manager. Funnily enough, he makes a good salary, much more than the minimum wage he started at- yet, he works at the exact same store. Simple.
I have another friend, a family member (and that is a great combination!) who has a talent for budgeting. She likes being frugal. She also likes the good things in life, eating with friends, dancing, and doing things. She knows how to balance that within a budget. She started with just one friend who asked her to help her get a sound financial footing. Now? She has a part time business, and has even done a wedding budget. Word is getting out. She just loves what she does. She feels it helps people, and she loves to see them smile as they meet their goals ; or, in most cases (so far) exceed them. No fancy office. She uses her kitchen table. No fancy spreadsheets, she uses paper and crayons, and pencils. She hand makes little pie charts and graphs to make it simple and fun to see the changes. Simple things.
The last of the simple things: Tell people you love, that you love them. If you feel like saying: “Thank you,” to someone- please do. Learn to say : “Thank you.” “I am sorry.” “Please.” “You are so kind.” Simple things. Just like life.