Jim "Big Bird" Shutes List for 2012




January 3, 2012


• Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

• Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.

• Buy a DVR and tape your late night shows and get more sleep.

• When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ''My purpose is to __________ today.

• Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm, and Empathy.

• Get more knowledge and read more books than you did in 2011.

• Make time to practice meditation and/or prayer (if you are religious). They provide us with daily fuel for our busy lives.

• Spend time with people over the age of 70 and under the age of 6.

• Dream more while you are awake.

• Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

• Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

• Try to make at least three people smile each day.

• Clear clutter from your house, your car, your desk and let new and flowing energy into your life.

• Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, OR issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

• Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.

• Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

• Smile and laugh more. It will keep the NEGATIVE BLUES away.

• Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

• Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

• Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

• You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

• Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.

• Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

• No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

• Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ''In five years, “will this matter?”

• Forgive everyone for everything.

• What other people think of you is none of your business.

• However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

• Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

• Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

• Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

• The best is yet to come.

• No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

• Do the right thing NOW!

• Call your family often. (Or email them to death!!!)

• Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for __________. Today I accomplished _________, and helped_________________ .

• Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

• Enjoy the ride! Remember this is not Disney World and you certainly don't want a fast pass.

• You only have one ride through life so make the most of it.