I’m such a big fan of Leo Buscaglia and while I was going over some of his materials during the weekend I found this beautiful piece called A Start and I decided to make a list out of it. This is a list including some of the many daily promises you should make to yourself, and respect them as if they were made to you, by someone you love the most.
9 Daily Promises You Should Make to Yourself
1. Take one step at a time
Each day, I promise myself not to try to solve all my life problems at once — nor shall I expect you to do so.
2. Seek to learn something new each day
Starting each day, I shall try to learn something new about me and about you and about the world I live in, so that I may continue to experience all things as if they had been newly born.
3. Communicate what you have to communicate
Starting each day, I shall remember to communicate my joy as well as my despair, so that we can know each other better.
4. Take time to really listen
Starting each day, I shall remind myself to really listen to you and to try to hear your point of view and to discover the least-threatening way of giving you mine, remembering that we are both growing and changing in a hundred different ways.
5. Let go of the need for perfection
Starting each day, I shall remind myself that I am a human being and not demand perfection of you until I am perfect, so you’re safe.
Starting each day, I shall try to be more aware of the beautiful things in our world — I’ll look at the flowers, I’ll look at the birds, I’ll look at the children, I’ll feel the cool breezes, I’ll eat good food — and I’ll share these things with you.
7. Reach out and touch hearts
Starting each day, I shall remind myself to reach out and touch you, gently, with my words, my eyes and with my fingers, because I don’t want to miss feeling you.
Starting each day, I shall dedicate myself again to the process of being a lover — and then see what happens.
9. Don’t miss out on life
You know, I’m really convinced that if you were to define love, the only word big enough to engulf it all would be “Life” — LOVE IS LIFE — in all its aspects … And if you miss love, you miss life!
Please don’t! ~ from A Start by Leo Buscaglia.