Sweat the small stuff. Pay attention to detail, and the Big Stuff never becomes a problem. And never lose the wonder of even the smallest creatures around you.
Mother Nature has been around far longer than you have. Respect her, and by doing so, respect the world your children will live in. Never take anything for granted – even rocks decay with time.
There is beauty in everything – even in the harshest environment. Seek beauty, and Life will reward you in kind.
Take time off. Rest. Think. Reflect. And make sure you get enough me-time. Crowds and lots of friends may well have a place in your life; but that alone is insufficient to become who you should be. Nurture your uniqueness and avoid wishing you were somebody (or somewhere) else. And yes…you are good enough.
Make sure you have at least one soft toy, and that it has a name. They are more loyal – and give more solace and joy – than most people you know.
Be kind to older people. Visit them. Talk to them. Loneliness is the worst affliction of old age and more debilitating than any disease. Surprisingly, you’ll find that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Study other cultures and history. You are a mere link in the very long chain of humanity. Losing sight of this simple fact. inflates the ego and kills humility.
Travel. See places you’ve never been to. There is no more sad a person than one who thinks the world ends at the city limits.
Birds fill your life with song. Learn the names of at least ten this year. And then study how they live. There are great lessons in this.
Learn to do things yourself. Depending on others inevitably leads to disappointment at some or other stage. It is the strong and independent mind that survives the hardships we have to face every day.
Never cease to be amazed by the magic of fire. Nor by the way light gets rid of darkness.
Never lose the ability to play. It’s the best way to stop taking yourself so seriously. Be loyal to those you love and they’ll join your fun.
If your mother is alive – then show her your love. If she has already passed on, never forget her legacy.
Love your family – even the ones with bad manners. They are part of who you are. Rejecting them is to reject your own identity.
Enjoy wine in moderation. It’s the best social lubricant ever invented.
Lastly – you will face giants in the next year. That is inevitable, for Life has a way of challenging the best out of you. Sit back, smile humbly, be patient and at peace. No situation is permanent – and often the threat to your existence is as uncertain as you are. Wait…it’ll pass. Every day is a gift – be grateful.