I think it is important to strive for quality in our lives on a daily basis. As part of my continuing endeavor to live my life with purpose and intention I feel a great part of that is to improve the quality of my life. One day at a time.
For each of us, what defines quality of life is very different, very personal. It can be to live without pain or illness, better living conditions, improved relationships or even more basic and fundamental. For me, it is all about comfort.
I seek comfort in my surroundings, in my job, in my thoughts and actions, in my goals and practices. I find that simplicity in life is a large part of feeling comfortable. It took me a long time to figure this out, but by simplifying my life I finally found the calm and peacefulness I'd been seeking. And then I felt comfortable.
The practice of simplifying my life has benefited me in so many ways and has led me to the point where I feel I have true quality of life. I find my simple pleasures are more than enough to sustain me. I find joy in everyday living. I'm happy on a regular basis. Life is good. Every day.
Improving the quality of our lives begins with a single step. Make something better. Anything. This year I chose to introduce fresh flowers into our home on a regular basis. We all appreciate how them. While right now everything outside is dormant, gray, muddy and cold, inside of our home we have a little bit of color and scent. Along with that I enjoy burning a candle. Adding the warmth and light of a candle adds to our quality of life.
In small increments I've improved our decor, decluttered the items we no longer want or need, fixed up our home, kept a tidy house, cooked better meals, bought more fresh produce, drank more water, purchased more varieties of tea and coffee, taken more time to talk to my girls, taken more time to spend with our pets, taken more time for just me.
I think more, I plan more, I contemplate more, I write more. I listen to music, I laugh a lot, I don't take things too seriously or myself either for that matter. I feel good, I'm healthy, I'm happier, more content, more comfortable. Every day I choose to improve and enjoy the quality of my life. Every day I have something wonderful to look forward to.