The Recipe of Enjoying Life

There are days when we just need to get reminded to enjoy life. Reposting this from my previous blogsite.

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Life is like cookery: right ingredients and a proper attitude make cooking an idyllic one!

The best things in life are free. You do not have to be a culinary arts graduate to be able to create a perfect recipe to enjoy life. After all, life is not about food, condiments or recipes. By just being yourself, you can perfectly cook the recipe of enjoying and making life meaningful.

Here are some of the ingredients that add savor to the enjoyment of life:

A pint of hatred-free heart. Forgiveness is the key to peace of mind. It is not a good practice when you keep grudges because they will keep you from becoming a good person, not to mention that these grudges may even hinder you from success. Hatred should never have a place in your heart and mind. When someone does a terrible thing to you, talk with the person. Ask him why he or she did that to you. You can be angry. Yes, you can. But you should not keep that anger forever. Once you have expressed it, let go of it. What good can keeping hatred do? Nothing.

 A spoonful of worry-free mind. Just like what a quotation says, “there isn’t any use of putting up your umbrella until it rains.” Worrying will not do you anything good. You become tense, you sweat a lot, and you think of the worst things that can happen. That is not healthful; needless to say it is not fun. Always look on the brighter side of life. Worrying is tiring and is really stressful. When you expect that something will go wrong, just prepare yourself and let go of the thought until you are actually faced with it. Have you forgotten about Timon and Pumba? “Hakuna matata. It means no worries…” 

A dash of simplicity. A simple life is one that is filled with contentment; that is, contentment with what you have. It is right to be contented with what you have, but never of who you are. Living simple means being satisfied with what you have for the moment and learning to adjust with what you have. But you should never be content with who you are. Strive for the best and aim high. 

A dollop of less expectation.  Expect less, but hope more. The more we expect the harder for us to accept failures. The less we expect, the more we anticipate the unsurpassed to happen.  Just think of it this way, like what a Chinese proverb says, “a misty morning does not signify a cloudy day.” 

A sprig of charity.  It is better to give than to receive. But make sure that what you are giving comes from the bottom of you heart. Otherwise, it would be useless and meaningless. Remember that “blessings come back to you a hundred fold.” 

A dice of smile. Be happy. A smile is the cheapest make-up in the world, and often, it is the most effective. When you smile to the world, the world will smile back at you. Do not frown. Smiling will make you look younger, and will make you feel better too. 

A slice of valuing time. Every second counts. Time is a very scarce resource and you can never turn it back. We only have one life. Try not to waste it on insignificant things. Make every moment of you life count. 

A pinch of thinking. Always think twice, or even more, before you decide. You should always look at the consequences of whatever path you wish to follow before you decide which path to choose. Do not just listen to your instincts. Think. Even in moments when you have to decide quickly, think.

 A cupful of prayer. Have faith in the Lord. With God, everything is possible. Always thank him for the life that you have and ask for forgiveness if you have not truly appreciated all His blessings.

Remember that you create your life’s own recipe. You could add other ingredients that suit your taste. You have the power to make your life enjoyable. Be your own chef!

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