You only live once, but if you live right, once is enough.

If you’ve been reading my blogs, you’ll not be surprised to read that for me, absolute bliss is driving on the German autobahn (highway). A country where speed limits are determined by the driver and the fast lane has been ‘bought’ by Audi, Mercedes and BMW, as these are the only cars that you see speeding along in this lane. This is where my love for very loud music can be paired with high speeds without the concern of speeding fines. My ‘other half’ is now deaf but he’s convinced that I was a racing driver in a previous life or that I’m in training.

‘Hurry, hurry, hurry, now quick, quick, quick…just step on the gas ‘cos I don’t wanna miss this.’ We’re not speeding because we’re in a rush to get somewhere. We have all the time in the world. We’re driving at high speed because we’re having fun. I guess, it’s not about the speed of the activity, but whether you’re actually taking the time to enjoy what you’re doing.

The old addage, ‘charity begins at home’, has taken on a new meaning for me. Perhaps it really means that if you start with yourself, have fun and enjoy your life, then you’re in a better position to be nice to the world around you.

So, start enjoying those magic moments in your life. Be nice to yourself, spoil yourself and when you’re sufficiently happy, take the time to:
listen……yes really listen… the people that you meet;
enjoy the silence;
say something nice to someone and actually mean it;
look into someone’s eyes when you’re talking to them;
take in the view around you;
do something for someone without expecting anything in return…..unconditional giving;
donate time or knowledge or money to a charity of your choice;

And remember, “You only live once, but if you live right, once is enough.”

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