Ten Cliches That Actually Work.



Put Principles Above Personalities. If you believe in practicing kindness, then practice this principle of kindness with everyone. Especially with people who try your patience.

First things first. Make a list of what you need to do first. Then follow it. This helps you avoid indecision.

Don’t borrow from tomorrow. Don’t jump ahead into the future. It doesn’t help you now, and the future is never how you imagined it.

Stay in today. Regret for the past and worry for the future robs you of the present.

Put gratitude in your attitude. Yes, we can find ten things to be grateful for right now.

Count your blessings, not your troubles. And look for the spiritual message behind each challenge.

Let go of guilt. Did you make amends? Did you do the best you could? Do you hope not to make the same mistake? Yes, yes, yes. So let it go.

Practice the grace of silence. Silence works. It is often the best thing you can say. Not a sulky silence but one of grace.

What people say about you is none of your business. We can’t change it, anyway.

“Believe there is a great power silently working all things for good, behave yourself and never mind the rest.” Beatrix Potter

Just do the best you can, today.

About dianabletter

Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
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4 Responses to Ten Cliches That Actually Work.

  1. Excellent post, Diana. All Ten are superb, and all are valuable reminders.

  2. Turnip Times says:

    I would add just one item to that fantastic list:
    Have high expectations only of yourself and lower your sites for others. You will become a better person and be more accepting of others.

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