How do I live with uncertainty?
Two weeks ago I wrote about forgiving myself for not being prepared – for having too many loose ends at home and at work. As I care for those loose ends, I also see the benefits of having had some things in place, e.g., a detailed project plan that my co-worker could use to keep a vital program going.
One preparation that presented itself with great value is something I call LIFEwork.
LIFEwork is simply my practice of health and happiness. It developed over a number of years, and, because I’m afflicted with the need to make everything into a program, I documented it and gave it a name.
The program consists of daily disciplines around diet, exercise, learning, and calming, plus strategies for entering a situation, being in a situation, and learning from a situation. I’m convinced that my LIFEwork practice is one of the main reasons almost every care provider I’ve met has said, “For all you’ve been through, you look great.”
Why did I even start something like LIFEwork? Because, years ago, I decided to be happy, and this became my path to happier, healthier, more productive living. Now, I recognize the additional benefits of enduring, recovering from, and managing an illness that I could not prevent.
Forgiveness sits at the heart of LIFEwork. At the beginning, I had to face facts and forgave myself for past unhealthy practices. During the practice (which continues today), I forgive myself for lapses and respond to others with gratitude, kindness, and generosity.
This is my practice? What is yours?
I would enjoy hearing how you pursue healthier, happier, more productive living. Please visit our Facebook page and share your practice. It may help you to write it out and help others to read about other effective practices.
We achieve inner health only through forgiveness – the forgiveness not only of others but also ourselves. Joshua Loth Liebman
Here’s an article from Greater Good on how happiness is good for your health…and vice versa (read now).