First off, I really hope you balance your checkbook. If not, you need to talk to an accountant STAT! (that’s medical speak for “right now!” – it just sounds cooler) Once you’ve got the whole budget thing under control, we can jump back in to the whole living life like you balance your checkbook idea.
Balance your checkbook: you’ve got debits and credits
I’m no accountant. I get debits and credits mixed up a lot (thank goodness for dictionaries and accountants). The point, though, is that you have money coming and going from your checkbook register. You’re spending money on groceries. You’re earning money at work. It’s coming and going. But it has to be balanced. If you’re spending more than you make, you’re going to head deep into debt. On the other hand, if you’re living like Mr. Scrooge, you’re probably not having as full of a life as you wish you could (that or you’re a talking duck). It’s about balance.
Balance your life with activities that fill you
It’s the same way with your life. You’re going to have to do activities that fill your life with meaning so that you have the energy and ability you need each day. Why? Because you’re going to have to do other activities (I’m looking at you, laundry!) that sap your energy reserves.
For example, if I spend all day doing laundry or jumping from one meeting to the next, I’m going to be exhausted by the time that 5 pm rolls around. On the other hand, those days that I spend networking with other amazing people completely energizes me!
One of the activities that I find to be the most important each day is this: it’s taking time for some spiritual renewal. For you, maybe that means some meditation or yoga or service. For me, it’s a combination of those with studying my Bible and the teachings found within the scriptures. If I don’t take the time I need to fill my own spiritual reserves, I’m going to have a cranky day.
Nobody likes a cranky ginger.
Find time to serve others and give back
Some of the greatest ways to have a spiritually replenishing experience is to serve others. This last winter, I got to take my family to a shelter to serve those in need. We put together meals and we talked with people and my boys had an absolute blast. It was, hands down, one of the most amazing experiences of the entire winter season.
Being able to participate in experiences like those are what help me have the energy and reserves I need to get through each day – especially on those hard days where Murphy’s Law seems to have taken over.
Oh, and the best part about giving back? It’s impossible to do too much and, by giving back, I’m the one who’s being blessed.
What is your favorite way to find a greater happiness? Is it through service or something else? Leave us a comment below or on Facebook or LinkedIn – so that we can all find more ways to bless the lives of those around us.
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