Throwback Thursday – More Advice on Life: Enjoy it While It Happens

Going through our archives, we came across this great post by Dr. AnnMaria De Mars from June 14, 2015 “More Advice on Life: Enjoy it While It Happens” that we wanted to share in case you missed it the first time around.

“Advice # 4: Appreciate how great life really is.”

Most of us, if we have 99 things go right will be focused on the one that went wrong. Maybe that is a good way to make sure we don’t leave sponges inside patients while doing surgery (hey, I got 99 of ’em, what do you want, perfection?) Still, we could all do with a little more stopping and thinking how amazing life is instead of grumbling over the small stuff.

Today, I was really irritated because I had to fill out some very lengthy forms. I had to fill these out because my company received a $100,000 grant to develop a prototype of a game to teach statistics to children who are limited in English proficiency. I’m super excited about the project and the people I will be working with. It’s a project I wanted to do for a long time and now I finally get to do it. Yet, I caught myself being all bent out of shape because I had to fill out a form. How dumb is that?

Someone made the brilliant comment the other day,

The human race would be a lot happier if people didn’t forget so quickly all the good things that happen to them.

Too often, we overlook the many good things that are happening all around us because the waiter is too slow bringing our beer while we are having a drink with good friends watching the sun set over the bay.

Because I’m feeling extra blog-generous at the moment, here is a bonus advice:

“Advice # 5: When you go to bed at night, try to count 100 things in your life that are great and that make you grateful.”

If you have trouble going to sleep at night, it’s a good bet thinking about all of the good in your life will relax you and you will never get to 100 before you fall asleep. Don’t tell me you don’t have 100 because that means you ignored advice #4.

Good things don’t have to be winning the lottery, having a book on the New York Times best seller list. It can be having enough food in your refrigerator, living in a place with good weather, having a nice comfortable bed with clean sheets on it, having a job to go to in the morning, someone who brings you coffee in bed, living in a time in history when women get to vote, we’ve gotten rid of slavery and invented the internet.

Right now, I’d go to bed but I’m on a plane headed to Washington.

I’m flying through the sky, using a computer that connects to the Internet through a signal beamed down to earth. How cool is that?

I spent all Saturday in Beverly Hills at a training session on 3D Game Development sponsored by Microsoft (thank you Microsoft, you don’t suck nearly as much as I had originally believed). I’m going to be in Washington for three days learning about research done by small businesses around the country. Before that, though, I’m going to take a nap, hit the gym and then analyze the data to see how people who played our games last year improved their math skills.  I like data analysis so that is one of the things that make me grateful. See how easy that is?

And the flight attendant is bringing me coffee, for which I am immensely grateful!


Practice multiplication and division while learning about Native American history. Buy Spirit Lake today!

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