How to Live Everyday Like It’s Christmas

by Dr. Christopher on July 25, 2010

 “.. almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~Steve Jobs

Have you ever read a book, talked to someone, or watched a video and been immediately inspired?  You can’t sleep because your mind is racing?  You feel as if your body is running on an infinite reserve of energy and you can’t stop smiling?  Or maybe you cry?  You have butteflies in your stomach that spread like a virus throughout your entire body?  In the song “Release,”  Eddie Vedder sings “I see the world, feel the chill.”  Feeling inspiration causes you to remember how special life is, and that tomorrow could be your last day.  That makes today a gift.

Here’s an0ther gift.

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Isn’t that amazing?  Doesn’t that immediately make you want to tell someone you love them or pursue a hobby that you’ve been putting off for years?  Living in a capitalistic society, Americans tend to get caught up in the rat race.  Making money to pay next month’s rent.  Stressing over minute details such as deadlines and minor chores.  Worrying about what others think or say about you. 

Our inspirations remind us what life is really about.  Because on our deathbeds, money, stress, and the minutia of our daily lives won’t matter.  Living your joy and loving people will.  That is the gift.

 “Slow Dance” is a poem Timothy Ferris included in his book The 4-Hour Workweek. We need to keep our inspirations close to home and not lose them.  We need to remember what is important in life.  I hope this helps.

Slow Dance – Written by child psychologist David L. Weatherford

Have you ever watched kids on a merry-go-round? 

Or listened to the rain slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?  Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You better slow down.  Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.  The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day on the fly?

When you ask: How are you?  Do you hear a reply?

When the day is done, do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores running through your head?

You’d better slow down.  Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.  The music won’t last.

Ever told your child, we’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste, not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch, let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time to call and say, “Hi”?

You’d better slow down.  Don’t dance so fast. 

Time is short.  The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere you miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day, it is like an unopened gift thrown away.

Life is not a race.  Do take it slower. 

Hear the music before the song is over.

What would you do if tomorrow were your last?

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Dennis Lesniak July 25, 2010 at 10:18 pm

True inspiration from a true friend. I am going to sleep easy and enjoy Christmas tomorrow. We can always use a healthy dose of perspective. In the grand scheme of life how big are any of our problems?
What is our purpose here and how do we reach it?
It is probably simpler than this but: better those around you with knowledge and truth, show empathy to others, waste no time or emotions on negativity, and learn what you can from every experience, most of all love with all your heart.

Chris July 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm

You said it brother. People with the same values can’t help but feel the Christmas joy!

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