Sunday, August 23, 2009

45 of Life's Lessons

My dear friend, Janice, sent me these, even amidst her own cares and sorrows. She never fails to come through for me just when I need it! (I altered these a little, but...)
  • 1. Life isn't always fair, but it's still always good.
  • 2. When in doubt, take the next small step anyway.
  • 3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  • 4. Neither your friends nor your job will take care of you when you are sick or down. Only your family, especially your parents, will; so stay close and in touch with them.
  • 5. Pay off your credit cards every month. (Better yet, don’t use them - pay cash!)
  • 6. You don't have to win every argument; agree to disagree - that’s how you learn.
  • 7. If you can, cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
  • 8. People can only do to you what you let them - YOU control you.
  • 9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck - even if it‘s only 25 cents.
  • 10. When it comes to bad habits, resistance is crucial.
  • 11. Make peace with the past so it won't screw up the present or the future.
  • 12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
  • 13. Don't compare your life to others‘ lives. You have no idea what theirs is all about.
  • 14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
  • 15. Everything as you know it can change in the blink of an eye.
  • 16. When in doubt, take a deep breath. It will calm the mind.
  • 17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
  • 18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
  • 19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
  • 20. When it comes to what you love in life, don't take ‘no’ for an answer.
  • 21. Use your nice stuff, wear your good clothes - don't wait for a special occasion. Today is special; every day‘s a special occasion.
  • 22. Prepare for the worst, expect the best, but go with the flow.
  • 23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear or do whatever is “weird.”
  • 24. The most important sex organ is the brain. Use it first!
  • 25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
  • 26. Frame disasters and bad luck with this: 'In five years, will this even matter?'
  • 27. Always choose life; always choose living.
  • 28. Forgive everyone of everything.
  • 29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • 30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  • 31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  • 32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  • 33. Believe in miracles and possibilities - believe in hope.
  • 34. When one door closes, look for that open window.
  • 35. Don't judge life - just make the most of it.
  • 36. Growing old beats the alternative --- dying young.
  • 37. Your children get only one childhood from you.
  • 38. Yield.
  • 39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  • 40. If we threw our problems in a pile with everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
  • 41. Wanting what someone else has is a waste of time. You have all you need now.
  • 42. The best is truly yet to come.
  • 43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  • 44. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  • 45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift.

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