City Social Magazine

SEP 2014

City Social Magazine in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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53 53 10) Send a handwritten note daily to someone whom you respect and point out what his or her life has meant to you. 11) Join a group that interests you and stretches your imagination. 12) Learn some form of art from a professional in the respective field, be it learning to play a musical instrument, painting, sculpture, ballet or swing or even accounting (yikes, that would be a challenge for me!). 13) Put your hands into the dirt on a regular basis and watch either the plants or the flowers grow. 14) When possible, take the day off when it's raining and sit quietly listening to the sounds and watching the earth drink the water of life. 15) Start a monthly book study group and allow each member to pick a book for all to read and discuss. 16) Keep a journal and record creative thoughts, insights, aha! moments and forgotten memories. 17) Smile at every person you meet on the street; wave at every person you see from your car; look in the eye of every customer service agent you engage with and ask, 'How are you doing today? Thank you for what you do for us each day.' 18) Make amends with your childhood neighborhood, elementary school, teachers whom you felt were unfair, bullies who mistreated you, family members who shamed you. 19) Write a letter to the universe and ask to be released from the burdensome memories of past offenses, strained relationships, bitter rivalries, jealous comparisons, self- aggrandizement, betrayals of trust and the lack of genuine self-respect—from which all offenses have risen. 20) Show kindness to every living creature, from humans who wish to do you harm to dogs who only wish to follow you around. See the Divine in all creation and award them the same dignity that you give to yourself. 21) Set aside a time each morning to be grateful for what will come your way and a time each evening to reflect on the goodness of life. 22) And lastly, sing or at least listen to the one song once a week if not more—it will surely will bring a smile to your face and a light for your path. 'What a Wonderful World'—sing it often, play it often and let the words cleanse all form of malice, despair, doubt and hatred: I see trees of green, red roses, too, I see them bloom, for me and you And I think to myself What a wonderful world. I see skies of blue, and clouds of white, The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night And I think to myself What a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky, Are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, sayin', 'How do you do?' They're really sayin', 'I love you.' I hear babies cryin'. I watch them grow. They'll learn much more than I'll ever know And I think to myself What a wonderful world Yes, I think to myself What a wonderful world.

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