Starting Now..Begin To Live....

I get this newsletter very frequently and read it religiously…however despite the share notices I somehow have posted only a few of the brilliant articles contained in it, so I felt it was time to share some of Leo Battauta’s wise words..

‘Begin at once to live, and count each separate day as a separate life.’ ~Seneca

I’m not a rich man, nor do I fly around the world and drink champagne with famous people in exotic locales, nor do I own a sports car or SUV or a yacht.

And yet, I’m very happy.

Much happier than seven years ago when I ate fried foods and sweets all time time and felt unhealthy and overweight, when I watched television and was out of shape, when I shopped a lot and was in debt, when I worked a job that paid fairly well and had no time for myself or my loved ones.

How have I accomplished this? With small tricks. The truth is, you don’t need a lot to live well — you just need the right mindset.

Here’s what I’ve learned about living well on little:

You need very little to be happy. Some simple plant food, modest shelter, a couple changes of clothes, a good book, a notebook, some meaningful work, and some loved ones

Want little, and you are not poor. You can have a lot of money and possessions, but if you always want more, you are poorer than the guy who has little and wants nothing.

Focus on the present. Stop worrying about the future and holding onto the past. How much of your day is spent thinking about things other than where you are and what you’re doing, physically, at this moment?
How often are we living as opposed to stuck thinking about other things? Live now and you live fully

Be happy with what you have and where you are. Too often we want to be somewhere else, doing something else, with other people than whoever we’re with right now, getting things other than what we already have.
But where we are is great! Who we’re with (including just ourselves) is already perfect. What we have is enough. What we’re doing already is amazing

Be grateful for the small pleasures in life.
Berries, a square of dark chocolate, tea — simple pleasures that are so much better than rich desserts, sugary drinks, fried foods if you learn to enjoy them fully

A good book borrowed from the library, a walk with a loved one in the park, the fine exertion of a short hard workout, the crazy things your child says, the smile of a stranger, walking barefoot on grass, a moment of quiet as the morning wakens and the world still rests.

These little pleasures are living well, without needing much.

Be driven by joy and not fear. People are driven by the fear of missing out, or the fear of change, or the fear of losing something.
These are not good reasons to do things. Instead, do things because they give you or others joy.
Let your work be driven not because you need to support a lifestyle and are afraid of changing it, but by the joy of doing something creative, meaningful, valuable

Practice compassion. Compassion for others creates loving, rewarding relationships. Compassion for yourself means forgiving yourself for past mistakes, treating yourself well (including eating well and exercising), loving yourself as you are.

Forget about productivity and numbers. They matter not at all. If you are driven to do things to reach certain numbers (goals), you have probably lost sight of what’s important.
If you are striving to be productive, you are filling your days with things just to be productive, which is a waste of a day.
This day is a gift, and shouldn’t be crammed with every possible thing — spend time enjoying it and what you’re doing


  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorabout 2 years ago

    i love his advice so much, thank you for sharing Janis!

  • You’re very welcome Karin…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • marlene veronique holdsworth
    marlene veroni...about 2 years ago

    Oh so true …….. we need to remind ourselves of this frequently. Thanks for reminding me Janis :-))

  • You’re very welcome Marlene…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • LorusMaver
    LorusMaverabout 2 years ago

    My sentiments exactly Janis, the world has lost sight and needs to get back to whats importent,that way there will be harmony !

    Warm regards Bill

  • I totally agree….thanks for the feedback Bill…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 2 years ago

    Fabulous words!

  • I agree…glad it resonated Mel…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Cindy Schnackel
    Cindy Schnackelabout 2 years ago

    Great article, I firmly believe in being thankful for what we have and taking time to relax, enjoy, appreciate, etc. I like being productive, but am not always so. It’s good to give yourself permission to just go with the flow sometimes.

  • I try to do that every day, however suffering from chronic pain often gets in the way and makes it harder to be objective….I tell myself it’s the trying that matters most….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Pam Amos
    Pam Amosabout 2 years ago

    lovely words Janis…..we do rush too much….and want too much in this world….it is truly the simple things in life that bring us the most happiness….. :)

  • I agree Pam…in the end all we have is just this minute and we should savor it…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • coffeebean
    coffeebeanabout 2 years ago

    Perfect…..great reminder of how to live life. Thanks so much for sharing this Janis :))

  • You’re very welcome….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Angelika Sielken
    Angelika Sielkenabout 2 years ago

    Janis! thank you for bringing us all the gems, this is to be read over and over again, kinda daily bread for the spirit for sure, warm aloha to you xx

  • You’re very welcome Angelika….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Allison Ashton
    Allison Ashtonabout 2 years ago

    Good read, Janis… I will have to come back here or just copy this to remember to live. What newsletter is this?

  • You’re very welcome…it’s Zen Habits…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Rabout 2 years ago

    Janis, AE Ashton recommended me to read this article. She was a blessing in disguise I enjoyed ever word.
    I agree that this should be posted near my bed so that the first thing I do when I wake up is read it. Thanks once again .

  • You’re very welcome Iris…I am so glad you found it helpful..

    – © Janis Zroback