Life’s Lessons

If “Life’s Lessons” is not a book, it should be. For me, each birthday adds another year to my senior citizen collection. As I look forward to my next celebration in a few months, thoughts on life come into my mind. Here are a few of the “Life’s Lessons” I’ve received, not in any particular order. 

  • Open my mind to the possibilities. I might not be right, and I don’t have to be.
  • Children and young adults know much more than I think they know.
  • Communication is complicated and personal. It has to be customized to situations and personalities.
  • Nothing is as it seems to be.
  • Many times, I need to shut up and listen.
  • Learning is never ending.
  • My empathy and companions speak a lot about me.
  • Unconditional love is a great space.
  • If I want to understand, I must step out of my shoes and into yours.
  • Assume nothing.
  • Helping others helps me.
  • Listening is an art form and constant work.
  • Love trumps just about everything.
  • Humans are complicated.
  • We are all connected.
  • Pain is a great motivator.
  • Someday is today.
  • I can’t change anyone.
  • Dragging people along never works.
  • Growing, changing and fixing my life is all about me.
  • Trying to avoid problems always comes back to bite me.
  • Acceptance is the key to peace of mind and serenity.
  • Having passion drives my life.
  • Blame never, ever works.
  • No one can fix me but me.
  • My happiness is my responsibility.
  • Babies are the best.
  • Seeing the good in everything is hard but worth it.
  • Practice, practice, practice. Through practice, I can do almost anything.
  • The way I think, adjust, and reframe my thinking is the key to letting go.
  • Being positive it is a decision I can make.
  • You can be rich and miserable.
  • Gratitude helps my attitude.
  • Life has many paths.
  • Expect good things to happen.
  • Logic is subjective, and in some cases hard to understand.
  • Experience matters.
  • We are all insecure at some level, and that’s okay.
  • Low self-esteem hurts but is fixable for most.
  • Impressing myself is much more important than impressing you.
  • We all like to be recognized and loved.
  • Life is difficult—dealing with it is a learning curve.
  • I do not know what is good for anyone; I might just think I know.
  • Slowing down works, though it seems counterproductive.
  • It is so hard trying to be perfect.
  • Hiding what is shameful is a mistake.
  • Love is the answer.
  • Life is one breath at a time, staying in the moment is difficult but rewarding.
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff is a great book to live by.
  • Meditation helps me with perspective.
  • Life is not the way I want it to be— it is just the way it unfolds.
  • Accepting it is the key to life.
  • Life is beautiful, so let’s do it again.
  • Naturally, there are so many more lessons, and I’m still learning.
  • In peace, love and laughter,

Joe Dunne, Publisher

November 2018

 

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