I can be kinder, more responsible, more moderate, better informed, more decisive, and happier.
Like My Code Of Conduct
, this motto is meant to apply to anyone’s life.
I haven’t yet met someone who can’t do better at something
. If you’re
already as responsible as you can be, and as kind as you can be, and as happy as you can be, then
maybe you can work on another facet.
Perhaps you’re an expert — a master — at something. Work on something else.
Moderation (#3 of my code
) seems to be a tripping point for most people.
Perhaps they work too hard and don’t relax enough. Maybe they’re kind to one person
or group of people at the expense of others. Or they’re very decisive but not always fully
The point of this motto is a reminder to myself that I’m not perfect (and never have been),
and a reminder that I have the capacity
to improve. We all do.
I’ve been perfect in moments
and maybe you have too. There are times when all the
cogs seem to come together just right and I respond correctly to every stimulus. Most of the time
this is not the case.
If you think you have the big things straightened out, work on the small things, some of which I
mentioned in a poem — I Can Do Better
written a month before this page. Things like sitting up straighter or speaking more clearly.
Or maybe you have no trouble with the small things in life but balk at the big changes. That’s
something you can work on too.
Here are some things I do daily in which I can improve — and these are just off the top
of my head (you can make your own list):
- Drive more safely
- Spend less frivolously
- Exercise more consistently
- Watch less television
Perhaps the biggest thing to remember is that our actions affect the world around us, including
other people. If you improved one tiny thing in your life (ceased biting your nails, for example),
maybe no one would notice. But chances are, someone would
notice. Now imagine that the
other person improved one small thing in her life too (say, eating less fried food). It’s
not a stretch, but think of the positive vibes that would come from every person you
changing one bit of their lives for the better.
The end point here is the world. The cumulative effect of
seven billion people
small things (or big things, in some cases) about themselves — improving — is
impossible to calculate, but I guarantee it won’t be a negative effect.