1. Be responsible.
2. Make good decisions.
3. Be respectful.
4. Appreciate the things that already have.
5. Think things deeply.
6. Set good goals.
7. Have self-control.
8. Learn more different things.
9. Try the best to accomplish something.
10. Be reasonable and know the limits.
11. Take care of the family.
Appreciate the things you have. This will definitely keep you well-balanced. Sometimes we can get ‘caught up’ in the materialistic circle and want more and more. Or we ‘buy’ into what society says we need to be/do.
I am not sure if I said this in class, but when I was working with alcoholics in group therapy there was a young man who was homeless. He was living in the shelter. All the other group members had their own apts. They were amazed that he was homeless and felt pity for him. One person said: “How can you stand living in a shelter?” His reply: “Yes I am homeless, but I have a place to rest my head. It may not be the best thing, but I am grateful to the shelter for being there. I don’t mind having to do their rules of getting up at 5am and out by 6am. At least they have cereal and milk for me to have breakfast. I hang outside until I come here for the day program. I’m grateful for this program…. to come and talk to everyone. I have my sobriety. I go to AA meetings where it helps me stay sober. I get support, lunch and a counselor to help me proceed so one day I won’t be in a shelter, but until then I have all I need”. When this client said this to the group I was humbled. I have so much and want more, and this young man is counting his blessings. Since then I no longer had pity for him, and the group members respected and learned from his managing his sense of well-being that actually bordered on happiness. So I learned how someone could live in a shelter and still be happy. Wow.
Wow, thank you for sharing this. Yes, it’s important to have a balanced attitude.