Saturday, 24 August 2013

Mindful living and the Holstee Manifesto

The internet is such a great way of discovering new things and information, often accidentally! This week I stumbled upon  “The Holstee Manifesto” and it may have been one of the greatest links I have ever clicked on.

Holstee is a start-up that designs a range of products to encourage mindful living and positively influence the world.

I think their manifesto is great, as it truly reflects their vision for the world. The opening line reads “This is your life. Do what you love and do it often” I won’t go through all of it as you can read it and download it for yourself (see link above) but it really is something that is worth reading. I think it is something you should keep a copy of -  in a prominent spot at your desk, in your living room, or on your phone -  anywhere you are going to see it everyday.

How often do we do things without asking “Why am I doing this?” How much time do we spend on tasks that do not stimulate us, satisfy us or improve our lives?

Time is life’s greatest currency. You can always earn more money or have more stuff, but you can’t have more time. As each day ticks by, you have to choose how you spend your time, as you can’t get a rain-check if you don’t like how you have used your day.

Working as a health professional I am reminded more often than most just how short life is. I have come across many people who would have wanted nothing more than to have more time with the ones they love, or to do the things they love. No one ever wants to have more stuff or money when they are at the end of their life.

“Life is short. Live your dream and share your passion.” This is the final line of the manifesto, and my personal favourite. If you don’t know what your dream is, start dreaming! Find your passion – what is it that truly engages you? If you don’t know yet, try new things, meet new people and have experiences that will help you to discover it.

You only get one chance to live, and you can never get any more time. There is no better time than the present to start living the life you want. So what are you waiting for?

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