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Sunday 20 April 2014

Don't be constantly distracted by other things

Jane with her children Ally and Jack

"APPROACH this Christmas as if it could be your last, and you'll probably find much more to revel in than to stress about," says Jane Schwartzberg.

* Be present in your life. Make a genuine effort to be really there with people. Don't be continually distracted by other things. Be available to the people you love.

* Ride the love train -- this, says Schwartzberg, is her metaphor for appreciating the people you're "taking this crazy ride of life with -- the people who stick with you. It's really a metaphor for giving and receiving love".

* At Christmas, focus on gratitude -- "the most important thing is to carve out time to reflect on all the ways that we are each fortunate".

* Choose the people with whom you spend time. We're not obliged to spend time with people who don't make us feel good or, worse yet, make us feel bad! Our time is the most valuable commodity we have and, for all of us, it's limited.

* Remind yourself every day to love life. Every day is a gift. And if we're not loving that gift, we're our own worst enemy.

* Know your place in the world. "There is a Jewish teaching that says everyone should carry with them two pieces of paper, each in a separate pocket. One paper should say, 'I am but dust and ashes'; the other, 'The world was created for me'.

"I constantly remind myself that both statements are very true," Schwartzberg reveals.

"I am capable of incredible things to improve the world, and I am just a tiny speck in the universe.

"Power and humility can, and do, exist for me side by side."

Irish Independent

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