Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Lessons I Learned Later in Life

I was thinking recently on how life continually tries to teach us. Sometimes we learn and sometimes the lessons pass us by. It did make me reflect though on lessons that I have learned in the past few years.. Now I am no Yoda, or fount of wisdom. Anything that I say here could easily be tossed in the category of "What the heck does he know?", but it interested me so I thought that I would share it with you.

Lesson 1- Be Happy

Sure it sounds simple, but life is way too short to be wasting it away being miserable. Do whatever it takes. Find your passion, love the one your with.. if you're alone and like it, embrace it. If you have a secret love... LET THEM KNOW. I mean really 80% of the time, they will smile politely and tell you they wish to just be friends(trust me LOL). But at least you'll never wonder, or regret not saying something. I've said it before but embrace each moment(even the yucky ones) because they are a gift. Spend as little time doing crap you don't like and as much time doing the things you love... Go to bed each night with a well earned smile.

Lesson Number 2- Be Nice to Each Other

Kindness is infectious. When we do something nice for someone , they feel Great, and we feel Wonderful. If we all spent our time sharing kindness and joy... What a world we would live in. People can be cruel, even to us.. But we don't have to be. With our partners, our children, our friends.. Even just a kind word can change a whole day. With a stranger, sometimes even more so. I've never gone to bed at night regretting a kindness that I have shown, even to one who may not have seemed like they deserved it.. I have however regretted a missed opportunity. 

Lesson Number 3- Live and Let Live

We are all different... We believe different things, we have different traditions, we have different orientations... We all have our own unique set of gifts that we bring to the world around us... Imagine a world where we all embrace each other for our likes AND differences instead of feeling threatened by theirs and defensive of ours... That is the world that I want to live in...That is the world that I want my children to grow up in.

Lesson Number 4- Be Grateful 

Not enough can be said about gratitude. It's so easy to take everything and everyone for granted. It's the difference though between never having enough and being overwhelmed by the abundance of life. Having constant gratitude in our hearts for what we have and the people around us, and expressing that gratitude makes others feel exactly how they should feel when they are around us, and it helps us to see that the glass is not half full or half empty... But overflowing.

Now I don't mean to be preachy, or even suggest that my truths should be yours, but I am very grateful for my life's lessons, and because of that I share them with you.

Peace Kiddies