Experience is the best teacher. No road to success is ever straight. Sometimes the longer route and the process alone can leave me feeling more satisfied. I am stopping to enjoy the moment now more than ever before. But it still takes practice to put away the gadgets when I don't need them. The simplest pleasures are right in front of us. If we'd only notice. I smile at people, children and animals often. They all smile back! It's a nice way to connect, even if for a moment.
I have always been thin and eat healthy. I work hard to try to keep stress low. People say I'm too nice to be from New York. I am definitely happier in nature. But nothing beats the racial diversity of this city. And hey, the direct, "hurry-up-and-get-to-the-point" mannerism in NYC is respectable! We get things done, don't we? Ain't nothin' wrong with that!
I think life is lived best when each week is different from the last. There is so much to do, but I don't have the crazed "fear of missing out" frenzy that keeps so many people new to NYC from sitting still. Sometimes little things can be equally entertaining and too easily overlooked. For example, I've seen beautiful red-tailed hawks flying over the lower east side..just by sitting still.
There are so many opportunities to see the positive side of everything. People are inherently good, even if pushy. It's easy to make the mistake of judging people upon first impression. If we looked deeper, we'd see more. Everyone has been challenged by adversity. That kind of courage isn't always apparent at first glance. I love to hear people's stories.. I can't help but feel sad for people who self-medicate and who can be self-destructive to escape or deny the discomfort of life's challenges. I respect and admire people who face their problems with courage amd not run away from them. They take the necessary steps to change their circumstances, and aren't too proud to take help. An inspiring person is one who faces difficult tasks with a sense of determination and action. So hard to do! One step at a time.. the rewards are so great.
I get along well with people who have a sense of social responsibility for the greater good (In relationships, and in general). There are ways to conduct oneself that are kind, tactful, and friendly. A good outcome is one that benefits not just a single tree, but the whole forest. Even in New York where people are thought to be very rude, I see random acts of kindness every day.