Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Some Great Lessons in Life

To celebrate growing older, here are some life's lessons for reflection :

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. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will.. Stay in touch.

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 pay check.

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. Take a deep breath. It calms 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. 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. Over prepare, 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 but 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. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34.. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

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

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

42. The best is yet to come.

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."


orionjri said...

Thanks, Luz, for these pointers. If only we understood and put these in practice when we were young and not wasted much time on the non-essentials...

Some of them have a currency that is noteworthy.

Tip Number 17 is priceless. Now we know what to do with a spouse who is old and badly wrinkled, cranky, incontinent, profoundly deaf but cantankerous and dementia afflicted.

Tip number 19 is also very interesting. Quite a few of the baby boomers (in which age group the batchers belong ) are going through the second childhood phase (or is it the third?) It is quite amazing how hard they/we are trying to follow this rule. Just ask our offsprings.

Tip Number 5 is my partner's favourite reminder to me.

I kid you ... not.

ErnestoDR said...

Very interesting pieces of advice!

#9..I guess I am too late for this. In fact my military paycheck was too skimpy to save for retirement.

#17..Ms Orion JRI, we know now what to do with spouses who have become decrepit.

#21..I beg you, don't heed this advice. You will look ridiculous before your husband!

#24..I didn't realize that the brain is the most important sex organ. All the while I thought and was using another one!

#25.. This is true. Happiness in fact is a choice!

#28.. This is a big struggle for me, especially that part of forgiving even the unforgiveable!

#32.. Let us live in frivolity! We are now in our 2nd (or 3rd) childhood anyway!

This is what I like most:
#42...The best is yet to come.

And if I may add:
#46..Give until it hurts.
#47..Those who throw dirt will lose ground.
#48..Love even the unlovable.
#49..If your wife is depressed, keep your credit/shopping cards away.
#50.. It is easy to lead men in combat than to restrain and direct them to labors of peace.
#51.. War does not determine who is right, war determines who is left.
#52.. Saying "You made my day" to a person makes his day.
Luz, you made my day!

lucille said...

Cora and Ernie,

Your comments are interesting ! Now I am convinced that we at Batch '63 are "growing old graciously". We are now adding spice to our lives by tickling our funny bones despite all crises.
We can add more years to our life by being happy and contented Thanks for adding more to the list, Ernie!

ErnestoDR said...

Last line... Instead of adding years to our life, add life to our years!