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5 Keys to a Simpler Life


Role model to your family 5 keys to simpler life

1.  Free your heart from hatred— practice forgiveness:

Resentment is like firing a blocked shot gun; it harms the firer more than the person it’s pointed at.

Forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. When you forgive you are not only putting things behind you but also freeing yourself from hatred and pain.

 2. Live Simply.

Your children don’t need a choice of 12 toast spreads 2 are fine.

So let’s try to observe this: Slow down a bit. Read a lot. Spend more quality time with your family and friends. Eat healthy, think wisely.

3. Free your mind from worries.

“In every life we have some trouble;

But when you worry, you make it double.

Don’t worry, be happy…”

Great words and tune, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin. Remind your children how many times you worried over things that never happened.

4. Give more.

We always want to live a meaningful life. We are generally happy when we are making a difference in the world. Jesus said “More blessed to give than receive.”

So many children feel powerless to help starving children but if they are in a family that sponsors a needy child the feel empowered.

Mary and I sponsored a child for every one of our children which we do now for each grandchild. They really have ownership now.


5. Expect less from people. 

Admit it or not, we tend to expect a lot from other people that we end up disappointing ourselves. When I lecture at the Royal NZ Police College the officers tell me too many youth people especially young woman who think there will always be someone there for me when I get drunk, like police, security, friends and ambulance staff. Tragically this is not always the case. Make sure your children know how to be street smart.
Within all that, humans are essentially good. Years ago the Lions Club promoted a wonderful motto: "Courtesy is Contagious" Practice it and you will live long and prosper!