Living well

April 14, 2010

What does living well mean?

Most people start quoting scriptures when answering that question. Being moral, doing right by others, thanking the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

You know my views on religion, so needless to say I don’t subscribe to a lot of what is “preached.” But I do think that as we mature, all of us find our own “guiding light.”

Here’s how I think all of us can live well (inspired in part from a talk by John Haughey):

1. Be attentive to your experience — Every person’s experience is unique. It is shaped by their upbringing, their gender, their age, their position in life at that given point, their emotional and physical state, their belief systems. Even though two people may be present in the same moment at the same time, what they experience will be different. Knowing that your experience of everything around you is unique to you can be enlightening, empowering, and humbling.

2. Be intelligent — Don’t be too fast to judge. Learn from people that have preceded you and peers that inform you. Teach yourself to learn. To not just absorb and react, but to think and choose well. Engage your mental faculties; stretch your brain.

3. Be reasonable — Don’t run with your first hunch. Use your reasoning powers to test your judgment. Your ideas should be able to stand for themselves in social discourse. Think objectively. Rationally. Realistically. Wholistically.

4. Be responsible — For yourself. And be answerable to yourself. At the end of the day you should be able to sleep with a clean conscience. A clear mind.

5. Be thoughtful — We think, therefore we are. Reflect. Analyze. Assess.

Know yourself. The environment you are in. The people you are with. live well2 Living well

Believe. In something.

Love your life.

Laugh heartily.

It doesn’t matter how long you live. What matters is how well you live your life.

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4 Responses to Living well

  1. Shachi Thakkar on April 15, 2010 at 3:02 am

    Beautiful thoughts!

    Living in the moment - in the present…is something which I need to be reminded often. You convey a similar message here.

    Also breathe - I find a deep breath very relieving when I'm anxious or stressed.

    And look for simple pleasures in life - gives me a feeling of content like no other.

    Great post!

    • MansiNo Gravatar on April 15, 2010 at 3:51 am

      It isn't easy, but it's worth it. Thanks for reminding me, too, that breathing helps :-)

  2. BillNo Gravatar on April 15, 2010 at 7:48 am


    I like the general thoughts you have here. Everything in our life is filtered through our own perception. The sooner we begin to understand that the better off we are. I would go further & say never judge another person. It’s not our place to judge another. It’s our place to live & learn.

    Our first hunch is usually our EGO talking & not truly the best answer we have. In rare cases of insight this isn’t the case but as a general rule it’s very true.

    Responsibility is important as is thoughtfulness. I add to be quiet & breathe. We all need to learn to just “be” & to take time to slow things down in our life.

    Thanks for your thoughts.



    • MansiNo Gravatar on April 15, 2010 at 10:51 am

      You are way past me on this path of peaceful existence, Bill. I’m hoping to catch up slowly but surely.

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