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To Blog or Not to Blog, That is The Question

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I am overwhelmed.

Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogs, e-mail, messages, and texts are an endless part of my everyday life now. Then there are the “apps” that are supposed to help me maximize every moment in my life: I get news blasts from Stitcher, alerts from Huffington Post, reminders from The New York Times, and updates from Tumblr. And let us not forget online shopping. I can spend hours drooling over sales on handbags, jewelry, makeup, and images of the latest and least affordable “haute couture.”

I feel bombarded by all this information, useful or no, a slave to the communication culture that consists of everyone shouting at the top of their lungs “LISTEN TO ME” and mostly saying nothing at all. Sometimes I don’t want to add one more note to this cacophony of noise-less verbiage, not unless I have something I really, NEED to say.

So here goes:

Make your life worth living starting NOW. Turn off the TV. Step away from the computer. Stop worrying about money. Get out in nature. Take a walk. Plant a flower or a tree. Help an old person cross the street. Don’t forget to say “thank you” and “I’m sorry,” because being polite is never out of fashion. Learn to cook: it is an art form for a reason and will satisfy you more than you can imagine right now. Read ONE really good book at a time, on paper. We need less screens in our life. Make a list of five goals and hold yourself to them. Self-discipline breeds self-esteem. Write “YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL” on a sticky note and tape it to your mirror. Stop worrying about what other people think and find out what YOU think. Then do something about it. Take yourself to a museum, alone. If you don’t like your own company how can you expect anyone else to?  Drink more water and less soda. I promise you it will make you feel much better. Be kind to animals even if you are allergic. Go shopping in your closet. There’s great stuff hiding in there. Don’t cut your hair when you are feeling depressed or anxious. Same goes for calling your mother. Let go of “high maintenance people,” they are sucking up all your creative energy. Call one old friend just to see how they are doing. It will be the best conversation you will have all day. Make a list of ten things you love and put in on the fridge. It’s the best diet in the world. Remember that everyone suffers, everyone cries, everyone has a bad day sometimes, and everyone needs love. You are not alone. The choices you make about how to live your life make an impact on every person you meet. Think about who you want to be and then be that person. Fear is your only enemy.  Think of what you would say to a child and then say that to yourself. When in doubt, be kind. Forgive as many people as you can but don’t forget. There’s no purpose in being a doormat but no grace in being righteous. Let go or be dragged. Sing loudly, even if you can’t hold a tune and laugh at yourself as often as possible, it’s a great feeling.

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7 thoughts on “To Blog or Not to Blog, That is The Question

  1. “There’s no purpose in being a doormat but no grace in being righteous.”
    OMG !!! I surely needed to read this Today !!!!
    I have to find a way to NOT be that Doormat !!!
    Love You on YNR. Great seeing you back on TV…Looking Good !!!!
    OK, Now for my walk with Mother Nature…Bye for Now !

  2. How did you get to be so wise???? Wonderful advice, every single word! Thank you for reminding me what life is truly all about! You’re a gem! Blessings!

  3. Cady:
    Thank you,I so needed this.Im feeling like Im stuck working for a Company which could care less about me,I’m just a number and I so need to enjoy life again.That video was so powerful even as short as it was.

  4. Thanks for this Cady, it’s lifted my spirits, especially the part about worrying about money, I am sooo over it. Not like you can take it with you. Thanks again!

  5. This is fantastic. Especially the “same goes for calling your mother!” I finally let go of the dream of my parents being real parents who love me and removed them from my life (talk about high maintenance) and it feels WONDERFUL! Your book helped me do that. Hope you and your guy have a great Sunday!

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