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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Life Lessons

“I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Today's post is:  What message is yearning inside you?  What is something you know deep in your soul?  Don’t look for someone else to describe it.  You do it.  Write it down.  Write it as a poem, a sentence or even just a string of words.  Just make sure you get it to paper.     (Author: Michael McFadden)

My kids and I point out "life lessons" to one another.  These are a few of the life lessons I have learned along the way.
     The little things we do for one another are often the big things that change someone else's life, and we never know which is which until later.
     The time we spend in service to another is never wasted time.
     If you want to know what people are really like, watch them with animals, children, and elderly people when they don't know you are watching.  
     If you want to know if it's true love, let him see you when you are sick with the flu.  If he holds back your hair and feeds you soup while you watch Jane Austin movies, it's love.
     Surround yourself with people that make you laugh.  Life is too short to be around miserable people day after day.  
     Never judge someone else.  You will nearly always turn out to be wrong, and you will regret being the person you just proved yourself to be. 
     You are the only one that can change your life.  Others can influence you, but you are the one who must do the work.  
     Don't let your past define your reality.  No matter what has happened to you before, or the situation you are in now, it is never too late to start a new day and change your reality. 
     Everyone needs love, especially when they don't deserve it.
     Being brave is being scared, but doing the right thing anyway.
     The best cure for depression, guilt, or sadness, is doing something for someone else.
     Everyone makes mistakes, so learn from it, let go and move on.  Just because you make a mistake doesn't mean you are a mistake.
     Don't compare yourself to others.  You will always find someone better off and worse off than you.  Once you hear their stories, you will rejoice in taking your own life back again.
     Life always works out the way it is supposed to be, even though you can't always see the obstacles as blessings until later.
      You can change the world.
     Love is the answer to everything.

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