I haven’t heard of anybody who wants to stop living on account of the cost. – Kin Hubbard
The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline in the United States is now $3.56. One year ago it was $2.70 (source: Daily Fuel Gauge Report). Not only is the gas we put into our cars getting more expensive, but all of the related costs have significantly increased as well.
The high cost of gasoline is forcing my family to make deliberate choices about how we go about our day-to-day routines. Things we once took for granted are now painful to absorb and put a dent in the family budget.
However, even though our lifestyle is changing, it’s good to know our approach to life doesn’t have to change. Yes, the cost of gas is just plain stupid right now, but we can find ways to live the life we want. The following 10 ways to fuel our lives are all abundantly free and can provide us with the energy necessary to keep going in any direction we choose – no matter the price of a gallon of gasoline:
- Do what you love.
If you find yourself waking before the alarm clock alerts you, chances are good you are doing what you love. However, if you are living without much passion, you may find your fuel gauge is hovering around empty. To change this, begin listening to your heart and do one thing you love each day. It is amazing how one simple action performed daily can result in significant long-term results.
- Connect with someone.
Pick up the telephone, send an email or turn off the television. There are people in your life who would love to hear from you right now. It’s easier to get filled back up with love, support and friendship when we make the decision to share and connect.
- Read or write, or do both.
Find a book that inspires you or challenges how you feel about a particular topic. Likewise, write in a journal or create a post for your blog or website. The point is to get in touch with how you feel and to open your mind to new ideas and challenges.
No matter your spiritual choice, we are never alone – even though it can feel that way at times. The purpose of prayer isn’t only to ask for problems to be removed, but to give thanks for the life we have been given. When we take the time to stop and show gratitude we feel rejuvenated and become better able to find the energy, the fuel, to keep going.
- Do what you say you are going to do.
At the end of the day, all we really have is our character and integrity to define who we are. When we fulfill our commitments, not only do we have have the opportunity to improve the lives of others, but we add significant self-worth and value to our own lives, too.
- Take a walk and breathe some fresh air.
Getting outside and breathing fresh air can invigorate our minds and provide a clearer lens to see our world. Walking, like any form of exercise, gets the adrenaline pumping. This helps to detoxify our bodies. As a result, we feel cleansed, refreshed, renewed and ready for what’s next.
- Show kindness.
Reach out and help someone not because you have to do it, but because you want to do it. Do something kind because this thing called life – we are all in it together.
- Do the hardest things first in the day.
When we focus our effort on doing the most difficult things first, we are probably knocking out the most important thing, too. My mind becomes clearer and my focus sharper when I tackle the hardest things early in the day. Rather than having the difficult things hang over me all day, I get them out of my way so I can move on to more pleasant activities.
I want my grandchildren and their grandchildren to enjoy this world. I say this being guilty of driving my car too much. While I’m far from being pious about advocating strict environmental policies, I can appreciate conserving and recycling as much as I can. The price for the fuel we consume is a high one, but we can mitigate it by making better choices. These better choices will lead to better habits. And these better habits, while perhaps not all we can do, do add up and can grow into more far-reaching and global environmental initiatives.
- Listen to your body.
Most of us, if we stop and listen very carefully, have an intuitive sense about our bodies. We know when we don’t feel quite right. Listen to these messages and choose to respond. Our life is ours to live, but we do have a responsibility to live it wisely.
There are people who count on us now and other people who will rely on us in the future. We don’t know if our greatest moment has arrived. Therefore, we have to keep living until we discover it. Listen to your body. Listen to it when it is happy and rejoice. Listen to it when it is running out of gas and find a way to refuel it – there are many abundantly free ways to do this.