Lessons from the French

So, I’ve become a bit addicted to YouTube videos of late.  It seems watching skin care videos led to French expert skin care videos, which led to French culture videos.  Do you ever do that?  One video topic leads to another?

I’ve been fascinated by some aspects of the French culture and wanted to share my musings with you.

Here are my top 4:

1.) Learn to enjoy small things in small quantities.

In America, we tend to “Super Size” everything.  The bigger, the better.  We could take a tip from the French and learn to enjoy small portions and let that be enough.  This goes beyond food as well and could be applied to many areas of our lives.  Simplicity is a good thing.

2.) Take your time to be graceful and grateful.

Stop and smell the roses.  Speak to people you come in contact with.  Treat them like real people.  I think too often we become engrossed in technology that we can neglect adding real value to those around us.  When we slow our “merry-go-round” down just a little, we are free to focus on our many blessings and be grateful instead of the discontentment we often feel.

3.) Invest in yourself.  You will then be able to love others better.

This thought occurred to me as I was watching skin care videos.  If we do not properly care for ourselves and overlook our own needs, we are selling ourselves short.  For one thing, when our needs are met, we feel nourished and cared for.  When our “love tank” is full, we can then impart more love in those around us.  When we care for ourselves, we are investing in our future as well.  I am reminded of the Scripture:

“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”  ~ Matthew 22:39

4.) Focus on the important things.

So often we worry about every little thing and lose sight of the big picture.  Modern lifestyles are so complex.  If we are not careful, trivial things and time wasters can consume our lives.  We must be deliberate about what we allow to attract our attention.  Focus on your goals, living out your faith and making a difference in this world.

 

I hope you enjoyed my musings.  Tell me your thoughts.  I’d love to hear them.

Have a beautiful day, friends!

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