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50 Lessons Life Taught Me – A very interesting read

Its my father’s 5th death anniversary and even though it seems like a long time ago, this day is never easy. I still can’t forget the event that occurred on this day. It’s never easy to get over the loss of a loved one and even harder when you lose a parent at a younger age. What I have learnt is that life goes on. Each passing day helps ease the pain in the heart, though it never goes away entirely. It takes time, but you do manage to remember the person without bursting into tears. I am still not at that stage and I still cannot talk about my father without bursting into tears. But, I know I will be able to one day.

I came across this article and for some reason, it gave me some calm and peace.

 

50 Lessons Life Taught Me

by Regina Brett

  1. 

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.


  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.


  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.


  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.


  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.


  9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.


  10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.


  12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.


  13. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.


  15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.


  16. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  17. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.


  18. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

  19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.


  20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.


  22. Overprepare, then go with the flow.


  23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.


  24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  25. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”


  27. Always choose life.


  28. Forgive everyone 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. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  33. Believe in miracles.
  34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
  35. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.


  36. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.

  37. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

  38. Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
  39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.


  40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.


  41. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.


  42. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.


  43. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.


  44. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.


  45. The best is yet to come.
  46. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.


  47. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.


  48. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  49. Yield.


  50. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift…
     
     

    To end with, I would like to share two of my favorite quotes that always give me some comfort:

    “If tears could build a stairway,

    And memories a lane,

    I’d walk right up to heaven

    And bring you home again.”  ~ Unknown

    “Life is eternal, and love is immortal,
    and death is only a horizon;
    and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.
    ~Rossiter Worthington Raymond”

     

If I had my life to live over….

Its been a day where I woke up feeling really down. We all have those days where we just don’t want to get out of bed. I can’t even begin to describe how difficult the last few weeks have been, but then again, there has always been a sprinkling of joy every single day. Today, I am waiting for those random things that can cheer me up and hoping I will find the inspiration to leave my bed.

In any case, as I was going over my Facebook account, I came across this note/poem which I found very interesting.

 

If I had to live my life over…

I would have talked less and listened more.

I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

I would have eaten the popcorn in the “good” living room and worried much less about the dirt when someone wanted to light a fire in the fireplace.

I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather rambling about his youth.

I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.

I would have sat on the lawn with my children and not worried about grass stains.

I would have cried and laughed less while watching television, and more while watching life.

I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren’t there for the day.

I would never have bought anything just because it was practical, wouldn’t show soil or was guaranteed to last a lifetime.

Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I’d have cherished every moment, realising that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

When my kids kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, “Later. Now go get washed up for dinner.”

There would have been more “I love you’s” and more “I’m sorry’s”

. . . but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute . . . 
look at it and really see it . . . and never give it back.” 

There are so many things we regret not doing. We wish we could turn back time and make changes in our life. If only it were that easy. We have to learn from others’ mistakes and from our own. Life goes on and each day teaches us another lesson. I wonder what today will teach me! I can’t wait to know! 🙂
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