A Simple Guide to a Peaceful Life

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We can all agree that: Life is not fair, happiness is not guaranteed, and stress is inevitable. Life is no doubt, at times going to throw us many curveballs and it is up to us to choose how to deal with it. With life’s challenges, stress which is usually accompanied by anxiety may be unavoidable, yet it is manageable. Most importantly, we cannot let our worries and our stress crowd out our peace and happiness and the simple pleasures of life.

• Own your feelings. No one can make you happy, no one can make you sad or mad. These are all feelings we each individually choose.

•  Don’t overthink it. Most of the things we worry about never happen. Worrying will not stop bad things from happening; it will only interfere with your journey.

•  Do your best. At the end of the day, feel good about what you did accomplish today instead of dwelling on what you didn’t.

•  Live in the moment. The past is done, we never know what tomorrow holds, focus on today.

•  Do not be afraid. “Do not be afraid” is written in the Bible 365 times. This is a daily reminder from God to live everyday fearless.

•  Take action. Identify your problems and take steps to solve them.  

•  Put yourself on the list. Take care of yourself. Exercise and eat healthy. Making yourself a priority is not selfish, as it will make you a better spouse, mother or father, son or daughter, employee or boss and a better friend.

•  Lift up others. Be an encouraging and a positive influence on your friends and family. Make people feel good about themselves.

•  Count your blessings. Be grateful. Cherish all the blessings in your life. Take comfort in what you do have and reject all envy for what you don’t

•  Find your self-worth from within. Seeking your self-worth from this world will only lead to disappointment.

•  Embrace the silence. Practice daily prayer and meditation. Try yoga.

•  Be financially responsible. Live within your means. Avoid debt.

•  Have something to look forward to. Plan a trip. Plan a party. Make a date with a friend. 

•  Enjoy your family. Take the time to play with the kids, talk to your family and care for your elderly.

•  Avoid negativity. Stay positive in your thoughts and in your conversations. 

•  Find your passion. Take up a new hobby. Do things you love.

•  You can’t save the world. Avoid today’s 24-hour news cycle. 

•  Turn off the TV. Limit your exposure to back-stabbing, trash talking and unkind programming disguised as entertainment. 

•  Open your mind. Learn a new skill or a new language. Seek enlightenment.

•  Tell the truth. (no further explanation needed!)

•  Have a pet. Just one loving stroke to a sweet animal can immediately lower stress levels and warm our hearts.

•  Stop and smell the roses. Go outside. Feel the sun. Hear the birds.

•  Take one step at a time. Any big task, break it down into small steps.

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"Andy Warhol: Screen Prints & Snapshots"

Oct 01 @ 01:00 pm | Tyler Museum of Art | Tyler, TX

~~One of the most highly anticipated exhibitions in recent years comes to the Tyler Museum of Art with “Andy Warhol: Screen Prints & Snapshots,” open to the public Sunday, Oct. 1 through Jan. 7, 2018 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus.

The exhibition, organized by the TMA, features close to 40 works by the late Pop Art icon, including a series of Warhol’s signature silkscreen prints drawn from the Cochran Collection of LaGrange, Ga., and a collection of his celebrity-centric Polaroid photographs from the Meadows Museum of American Art at Centenary College of Louisiana.

“Screen Prints & Snapshots” showcases several distinct bodies of work from the later career of Warhol, notably the silkscreen prints from the 1986 “Cowboys and Indians” he completed shortly before his death, spotlighting such iconic subjects as John Wayne, Teddy Roosevelt and Geronimo; his 1981 Myths series, featuring touchstones of American pop culture including Mickey Mouse, Howdy Doody and Superman; and selections from his “Flash,” “Flowers” and “Television” series. Rounding out the exhibition are a selection of Polaroids and silver gelatin prints, shot from 1958 until Warhol’s 1987 death and offering insight into his intimate relationship with his celebrity friends – Dolly Parton, Jack Nicklaus and Pia Zadora among them.

General exhibition admission is $6 for adults and $4 for seniors. Admission is free for TMA members, students, children under 12, Tyler Junior College faculty/staff and City of Tyler employees. Regular Museum hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday (closed Mondays and major holidays). For information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit http://www.tylermuseum.org

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