Doing what works

Want a better life because things aren’t going so well? Here are some pointers on how to build one, gleaned from my years of living and studying the subject.

  •  Treat yourself and other people with respect. You’ll be amazed at the response.
  •  Every life has a story, and everyone’s story is important, at least to them, so pay attention to it.
  •  There are no ordinary people, there are only extraordinary ones, and that includes you.
  •  Learn to love the world. Hey, we both live on it and depend on it, so loving it and treating it with respect makes total sense, right?
  •  Remember to laugh and to see humor in everyday things. Also remember to laugh at yourself; you can be amusing, you know.
  •  Learn to be a servant. Yep, I know that sounds disgusting, doesn’t it? But think about it. Holding a door for someone, letting someone get on the elevator before you do, giving someone your seat on the bus or the train, and thanking someone is being a servant. Kind of nice when someone does that for you, isn’t it? So do it for someone else.
  •  Learn to listen to hear and understand what the other person is saying. Makes all the difference in the world in what you and I hear and what we learn. Try it out. Wait until the other person is finished, then tell him or her what you heard, and listen to the response,
  •  Note the changes in the quality of your life as you practice these things.

That’s it for this post. More next time on a different subject. Enjoy.

About gwpj

Originally from Seattle, I now live in Sapporo, Japan, where I write, explore this city, read widely, and ask questions about things that i see as important. I'm also an author, with three novels published ("The Old Man and The Monkey", "Grandfather and The Raven", and "Bear: a story about a boy and his unusual dog"). For more information about my writing, drop by my website, at
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