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Day 336 - Z is for ZEST

Friday, December 02, 2011

"The bounce has gone from his bungee..." --Wallace in 'A Close Shave'

The line is used in subsequent Wallace and Gromit productions as well; it came to mean more than the literal 'His momentum stopped.'

Has the zest gone out of your life? If not - good for you! Whatever you're doing, keep it up!

If it has, some remedies might be in order.

I admit, there are mornings when I don't want to face the day and would just as soon go back to bed. It's not from being tired. It has more to do with lacking enthusiasm for whatever the day may bring.

How to I recapture that zest, that sense of excitement and adventure and anticipation?

There are a few things I'm working on instilling among my habits and daily routines:

1) Laughter: a good cartoon, a witty joke, even a clip from a favorite comedy (for me, that's Laurel & Hardy) gives me a welcome break and restores a bit of joy.

2) Brisk walk: on those days I don't want to get up, the first thing I do is walk - just ten minutes, no more - whether it's around the block, on the treadmill, or chair marching.

3) Shake it up: do something spontaneous. Take a different route to work, try something totally new for dinner, use your phone to take a photo that catches your imagination.

4) Be creative: draw a picture, even if it's only stick people and a funny doodle of a dog. Write something amusing on the kitchen chalkboard. Fly a kite. Solve a puzzle.

You can revive your zest for living, one minute at a time. And when you reach the end of your day, take a moment or two to reflect what you did that added sparkle - you'll start a collection of Zestful Things!

"If you have zest and enthusiasm, you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind." --Norman Vincent Peale
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