5 Daily Habits for a Bountiful Life

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If I could share 500 words to inspire, this is the important wisdom I'd want to pass along to others...

  • Here are five things to believe in for a bountiful life in the human community; five life habits that if considered daily, you can’t help enrich your existence.

    One: Truly listen. Look in the eyes of others and be in the moment. Wait to speak. Take in the words they offer and savor them before reacting. You might call this “the patience of thought.” You cannot honestly connect with another living thing if you are only considering your own response. Understand your fellow human and you will understand yourself.

    Two: Be kind. Consider your fellow human being’s experience, background, personal, and community struggles. Speak softly and with compassion, and do not raise your voice. Kindness is part of every spiritual endeavor. Even if you do not agree or believe in what someone has to say or how they are progressing through their personal life, you must be gentle with your guidance and your thoughts. You cannot walk in their shoes, only your own. We are more alike than we are different.

    Three: Be your vision. Don’t strive to be the person you want to be, just be it. The power in being the best you comes through the decision to be that person every single day. It’s not necessarily about dreams or specific goals, but more about a belief in your own vision. Stand up everyday and be the person you admire.

    Four: Live with simplicity. Realize that whatever you have is probably enough. Do not permit materialism or consumerism to decide your worth or your pleasure. Savor what is in front of you and do not strive for false satisfaction in more “things” or “opportunities.” Scrub out your cupboard, clean your garage, and clear your mind of clutter. Eliminate what is not needed. Less truly is more.

    Five: Embrace something bigger than you. The universe is an enormous, diverse, and rich entity and there are many wonderful mysteries. Find your personal mystery and allow it to enhance your existence—pray to a god, get lost in nature, meditate. Find where you fit into the world and then give yourself up to the beauty of something more powerful than you. It is truly the way to peace.

    David W Berner

    David W. Berner is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster, author, and professor at Columbia College Chicago. His first book, Accidental Lessons (Strategic Publishing) was awarded the 2011 Royal Dragonfly Grand Prize for Literature. His second memoir, Any Road Will Take You There (Dream of Things Publishing) won the 2013 Book of the Year Award from the Chicago Writer’s Association for nontraditional nonfiction and was short-listed for the Eric Hoffer Award. His collection of essays— There’s a Hamster in the Dashboard (Dream of Things Publishing)—was released on Father’s Day, June 21, 2015, a good Windy City Reviews called “a book to be read and re-read, a return to childhood and growing up with companions that truly mattered.” In 2011, David was named the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence at the Jack Kerouac Project. He lived and worked in Kerouac’s historic home in Orlando for a period of three months. In 2015, he was named the writer-in-residence at the Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park and is conducting workshops there in 2016. You also may have heard his voice regularly on the radio. He’s a reporter and anchor or CBS radio (WBBM, Chicago) and regularly fills in as the morning news anchor on WXRT, Chicago. David also produced audio documentaries for public radio stations. David grew up in Pittsburgh, but calls the Chicago area his home. More at www.davidwberner.com. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/David-W-Berner-Writer/190345939480 Twitter: @davidwberner I was recommended to do this by Luminary Mike O'Mary.

    For more information, please visit davidwberner.com.

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    1. Rei
      Rei says:

      “Stand up everyday and be the person you admire.” Because deep down everything I was looking for I already was. Thanks, I was in need of older wiser words.

    2. Kirit Pankhania
      Kirit Pankhania says:

      Excellent reminder Brother David. Life is indeed simple. And therein lays it’s power and the power each of us has to truly define and determine our destiny.

      Together we can make a powerful positive difference. Do the simple things simply and consistently. Thank you ~ Kirit Pankhania ☺


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