As time allows, I'll be writing short essays, accompanying the sixty tips. I'm closing in on sixty tips, and if it weren't for the contributions of some good friends, I'd have quite a bit fewer. So if any reader has some suggestions, please do let me know.
Here's a preliminary list of some of the tips, to be elaborated on soon. Some of these will have staying power, others won't. But they all seem worthy of clarification, deeper thinking, and illustration.
Which one work for you? Please let me know or comment here!
1. Routines matter but don't take them too seriously.
2. Work hard to stay loose.
3. Gratitude trumps remorse.
4. Start simplifying now.
5. Accept the reality that there are many things that you just will not experience.
6. Make sure that you have the experiences and opportunities that are most important to you.
7. Try some experiences and opportunities that are totally new and different.
8. Find a way to balance serving your community and taking care of yourself.
9. Take great pleasure in feeling well.
10. Find the right balance between what you choose and what chooses you.
11. Balance urgency and patience.
12. Balance tenderness and boldness.
13. Why be encumbered?
14. Walk whenever possible.
15. "Cross the river by feeling for the stones" Confucius
16. Spend a few minutes each day contemplating the meaning of time.
17. When you are feeling most alive, contemplate the meaning of death.
18. Always observe the natural world.
19. Trace your pace.
20. Maximize the time you spend with people you really care about.
21. There is no longer any need to prove yourself.
22. "The gift must always move" Lewis Hyde
23. Only worry about things that really matter.
24. Balance your aerobic capacity with the flexibility of your joints.
25. Be open minded.
26. "You can't step into the same river twice" Heraclitus
27. Remember that you forget.
28. Be ready for unexpected challenges.
29. Recalibrate your anxieties.
30. Money is a measure of exchange, nothing more and nothing less.
31. "Look through any window" The Hollies
32. "Take great delight in the ordinary" Gary Snyder
33. "Indifference too the sublime wonder of living is the root cause of sin." Abraham Joshiua Heschel
34. Zoom in and out.
35. Balance your mind and heart.
36. Invest in social capital
37." Influence is better than power" Mark Van Putten
38. "Structure supports spontaneity." Mark Van Putten