If variety is the spice of life, routine is the bread of it.    ~ Richard Paul Evans (Michael Keddington’s Journal, The Carousel)

“Ah! realize your youth while you have it. Don’t squander the gold of your days, listening to the tedious, trying to improve the hopeless failure, or giving away your life to the ignorant, the common, and the vulgar. These are the sickly aims, the false ideals, of our age. Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.”  ~ Oscar Wilde ~

We should all be living in the moment. We need to be mindful in our attention on the present.  Mindfulness involves being with your thoughts as they are, instead of letting your life go by without living it. Mindful people are happier. Thinking too hard about what you are doing actually makes you do worse. When you focus on your immediate experience, you will be happier. Most negative thoughts concern the past or the future. Live in the present moment and watch your worries melt away.

Be impulsive. You want that ice cream? Buy it and enjoy it. Sing whenever you want to, burst into song on the streets if that is what you feel like doing. Dance whenever you feel like it, wherever you may be. Don’t worry about getting dirty. Instead, focus on all of the fun you are having. If you see something fun happening, join in. Don’t worry about asking, the best friendships are founded on good times. Ask “why” when you don’t get what you want. Many adults just accept the answer, but why not question it? Live in awe of all of the things in the world that amaze you.

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