If you’re like me, you’ve been tiptoeing through life just to reach death safely. Yep, I said it. I’ve been tiptoeing through and leading a boring life.
I’m not proud of it. In fact, it’s quite disheartening to admit. Unfortunately, I’m not alone. Too many of us tiptoe through life making sure nothing too exciting or dangerous comes along that could accelerate the inevitable.
Wow, what a boring way to live!
Believe me, I’m not saying I’m going to quit my job, pull a Forrest Gump and just “start running,” climb Mount Kilimanjaro and hang glide off. Nope, far from it. That’s definitely not what I’m saying.
While some of those activities would definitely get my heart pumping and possibly bring my inevitable death closer, I’m talking more about our attitudes.
Not everyone has the financial independence to galavant around the world. Many people, like me, have a family to care and provide for. We can’t just give it all up and leave, as exciting as that sounds.
You can stop tiptoeing through life though.
It only takes one thing … a decision to do so.
“Okay, Bert,” you might say, “if I decide to stop tiptoeing through life, what can I do and how can I do it?”
That’s a great question. I’m glad you asked.
We should accomplish two things each day we are alive. If we don’t accomplish these two things, we’re wasting the time we’ve been given.
Time…it’s the ultimate resource. No matter what we do, we can’t get it back. We can let it pass by and accomplish nothing or we can take control of what we do with the time we have.
The first thing we should accomplish each day is to have fun. Easy right? If it’s so easy, why do so many of us whine and complain about so much? Maybe you hate your job. Maybe you feel like you deserve more from life. Maybe your family life isn’t what you hoped for.
Regardless of your circumstance, you can have fun. It is your responsibility as to how you handle the situations in life you’ve been given. If you want to have a fun life, you can do it.
We can still have fun while having a job and having family responsibilities. For me, in most cases, both of those are fun. I have a lot of fun at work and with my family. Should I have more? Definitely!
The second thing we should accomplish each day is to do something good for someone. In other words, we should have a positive impact or be a positive influence on someone each day.
I’ve written about it here before. My purpose in life is to be a positive influence on every person with whom I interact. In many cases, I may not even talk to a person to be a positive influence. I hope my actions and my words are examples of what I want to be.
You will really see results when you combine both accomplishments. I’ve found that having a positive impact on someone is more fun than anything else I could imagine.
It’s the “pay it forward” principle. If you keep paying forward the good you’ve been shown, the world will become a much better place to live. A better place to live can be a lot more fun too!
Ways to stop tiptoeing
Being careful about and over thinking everything we do in life, i.e., tiptoeing through life, gets really boring. One of the best ways to stop tiptoeing and really start a life’s journey is to be spontaneous. Spontaneity is exciting; maybe a little nerve-racking in certain circumstances. That’s okay — just try it.
The 40 ways to stop tiptoeing through life listed below all have one thing in common. That one thing is spontaneity. You can decide to do them at the drop of the proverbial hat. No extended planning or saving is required in most cases.
So here is the list of ways to stop tiptoeing through life just to reach death safely:
- Take a different route home from work.
- Go test drive a dream car.
- Take your spouse or significant other and walk through an open house in a wealthy neighborhood.
- Try a new restaurant.
- At a favorite restaurant, do not order your standard meal. Order something different.
- Go into work late one morning and have breakfast with your spouse and/or kids.
- Turn off your cell phone for an entire day.
- Read a different type of book. If you love novels, read an autobiography. If you love nonfiction, read a novel.
- Surprise your spouse by having someone watch the kids for the night while you stay the night in a local hotel. I prefer any brand of Hilton hotel.
- Instead of your best friends, invite people over for dinner whom you don’t yet know well.
- If it’s possible, work from home for a day.
- Go one day without eating sugar and see how much better you feel.
- Volunteer with a charity. If possible, take your family or get friends involved.
- Wear a different color. If you don’t think you look good in red, wear red. You will likely receive several compliments all day.
- Take a cold shower in the morning to wake you up.
- Go one day without caffeine.
- Walk outside barefoot and dig your toes into the earth.
- Read a book instead of watching tv.
- Better yet, read the Bible. Try reading the book of James and see how relevant it is to your life.
- Send a hand-written note to a client, prospect, friend or family member.
- Cook dinner instead of eating out.
- Go for a walk in the middle of the day. Believe it or not, you can afford 15 minutes to relax during the day.
- Watch a classic movie. For example, my wife and daughters started watching Annie today.
- Visit a museum.
- Take a tour of a factory to see how a favorite product is made.
- Listen to an audiobook or podcast in the car instead of listening to the radio.
- Go for a random car ride just to enjoy the scenery.
- Use findaspring.com and go harvest your own spring water.
- Wake up early and watch the sunrise.
- Write a thank you note to your parents.
- Sign up for a class to learn a new skill.
- Pay for the person behind you in line at the convenience store.
- Pay someone to mow your lawn or clean your house.
- Be silent and still for as long as possible.
- Call a friend with whom you haven’t spoken in a long time.
- Post something positive on Facebook.
- Help a homeless person without worrying what he/she may do with the money.
- Have a Bible study.
- Go to the symphony or an opera, just for the experience.
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Are you willing?
There are 40 easy ways to start living a more enjoyable life. All it takes is a little spontaneity and a decision to do it. Are you willing to live your life rather than tiptoeing through it?
What spontaneous activity would you add to the list?