7 Different Ways to Savour Life
Are you one of those people who tend to overlook things around you? You’re so deeply entrenched in the daily buzz, commuting to and fro your office or school, working hard at each and every goal you’ve set, that you didn’t really spend time savouring the different flavours of life.
The ups. As well as the downs. The good and the bad.
Is it really because you’ve no time? Or rather, because you didn’t make an effort to, since they seem so insignificant compared to the magnitude of your goals? But is it really insignificant? Or is it because you’ve never given thought to its importance? More often than not, sadly, it’s only when we lose it before we realize that.
Don’t wait for it to happen. Direct your life with goals. But remember to complement it with these 7 different ways to live life to its fullest.
Call a close friend you’ve not met for a while to catch up. Or have a hearty talk with an aged family elder, member. As they recap their experiences, you literally melt your existence into their lives. Getting furious with what they’re angry about. Jumping for joy on something which seems exhilarating for them. Feeling jittery about what they’re uncertain of.
Although it may sound absurd you’re subjecting yourself through these roller coaster emotions, but it’s through such that you get more involved in their lives. You’re no longer a spectator. You’re a participant. You’re there to lend a crying shoulder for their woes and there to celebrate their achievements. As you endear yourself to their experiences, you’ll start treasuring the wonderful moments with them. You’ll begin cherishing their existence, realizing that they’re a magnificent part of your life.
Now, who says life is a lonely struggle?
You can do this while meditating, chanting, praying or simply lying down on the bed. Recall how you handled that nasty customer at work. Or having bumped into that guy or girl of your dreams on your bus ride home. What did you learn from that experience? What are you going to do? Most importantly, how can you improve on it without wishing and hoping that you’ve never done what you did?
As you relive the scenes and start asking yourself such constructive questions, you’ll appreciate different aspects of your environment and yourself that you’ve never noticed before. “Geez, my boss’ really fair to have investigated the issue before checking with me…”, “Wow, I didn’t know I’m that cool…!”.
You look at your life as if you’re a movie critic, giving yourself good ratings for a job well done or useful pointers that could make a better movie next time.
One of life’s greatest loss is to give up something without even trying for it! Want to be a movie star but don’t know if you’ve got the material for it? Play with that thought and go for an audition! Got a great business idea but didn’t know if it’ll work out? Test the market demand. Survey your friends. Do some useful research.
Even if you’ve decided eventually that that may not be the right course for you, at least you can tell yourself “Well, been that done that. No regrets whatsoever!”
It’s no coincidence that out of 500 rich entrepreneurs interviewed previously by Forbes (the article was taken down), almost all of them read. The activity itself feeds the seeking mind with answers that he may not be able to obtain from people around them or experiences he had personally gone through. Want to know the details about the Jewish holocaust, read “Schindler’s List”. Need to understand more about the Law of Attraction and how it has helped people change their fortunes, find out in “The Secret”.
To your heart’s content. Be it your favourite sport or simply, a much loved pastime, do it with 100% conviction. The sweat and fun you’ll earn in the process makes you even more enthusiastic about life and more often than not, makes you even more productive at work!
Who knows, you’ll get a chance to develop certain qualities! For example, a friend who was very passionate about mountain trekking was recently roped in to lead a group of friends up Mount Kinabalu, South East Asia’s highest mountain. Who would have thought that a hobby could turn out to be a leadership training opportunity?
You’ve read or heard all about the wonderful sights and unique culture in a particular place. But nothing beats going through it yourself!
Some of my most inspiring experiences came from travel. In Pakistan for example, I learned how to stay motivated despite stranded for 3 hours in slow moving traffic caused by monsoonal rains. In Cambodia, I was nearly lost while taking a shortcut cycling around Angkor Wat. And for the first time of my life, I camped overnight in the train station in Rome, ltaly while waiting for earliest train to Venice. I also recalled flying to Dallas, Texas on a 20+ hour flight only to depart for home a day later.
To top it up, I missed flight 3 times, a record that’s unbeaten among my friends till this day. Those sounded like undesirable memories, aren’t they? But to me, these were the same memories which helped me draw insights and develop perspectives I would never be able to if I continue staying in my sheltered haven. And it certainly spiced up the conversations with my friends, an added bonus!
When you help others, you elevate your state of life. You’ll begin to lose sight of your own micro problems and channel that previous energy to working in someone else’s favour. You’ll also realize that seemingly insignificant things can matter so much to another fellow human being.
Many years ago, I took part in an adhoc community project to visit an elderly home and gave some of the old folks a much needed haircut. Even though I wasn’t a trained hairstylist, many gave me a toothless smile after I was done with their hair.
“These elderly folks were abandoned by their children and the volunteers make them feel loved.” one of the nurses explained.
From then onwards, whenever I get a haircut, the feeling was never the same anymore.