There is the type of education we get in
school and there are life lessons we learn along the way. Both are
The only problem is that life moves us far along before
we figure out what's going on and the wisdom we hope to have gained is
sometimes late in coming.
To spare you some of the hard knocks and trial and
error, here are some life lessons to help you along.
The Life Lessons
1. As Richard Carlson says, 'don't sweat the small
stuff', and most of it is small stuff. Much of the time we get
stressed and worked up over "stuff" that in the grand scheme of things
really doesn't matter. When we allow ourselves get too caught up in it
we ruin our perspective and don't take time to enjoy the moment.
3. The most boring word in any language is "I".
It's wonderful to be self-confident and self-sufficient, however, it's
not all about you. There is nothing more monotonous than hearing
someone talk about themselves and their accomplishments endlessly.
Being self-centered is not the same as having self-confidence.
4. People are more important than things.
Relationships are more important than any material goods you may
acquire on the road to success. Without the love and support of family and friends in life, material
goods are not of much use. Setting your values and priorities can help you establish
5. Nobody else can make you happy. Your happiness and state of mind are your
responsibility. It's up to each of us to know what it takes to be balanced
and happy. Our relationships enhance our lives and make them richer,
but they do not "make" us happy. We do. Enjoy: 50 Ways to
6. Character and integrity count. It's
important to be a person of honor. Your good word and deeds inspire
trust and confidence from family, friends and employers. Be the kind of
person others are proud to know. See: 10
Character Traits Worth Developing.
8. A good joke can be better than any pill.
Take time to laugh each day. Humor
really is good medicine.
9. There are no substitutes for exercise, eating well,
and fresh air and sunshine. Never take your health for granted, or
underestimate how much feeling good physically affects your moods.
Enjoy this article on The Benefits of Regular Exercise. It's full of
10. Persistence will eventually get you almost
Never give up. Keep your goals and dreams alive.
11. Television probably ruins more minds than drugs.
Get away from the TV and read, exercise, learn and stretch yourself.
12. It's okay to fail. Everyone has failed at one
time or another. Failure is a great life teacher. It teaches us
humility and how to correct our course of action. Thomas Edison had a
great attitude towards failure. He said, "I have not failed. I've just
found 10,000 ways that won't work." See article: Overcoming
fear of Failure
13. Learn from the mistakes of others. There's
old Zen proverb that states: "It takes a wise man to learn from his
mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others."
14. Don't be afraid to show and tell others you
them. Life is short, so learn to give and receive love. Love and be
15. Live so that there is only standing room at
your funeral. Be the best spouse, parent, friend,
boss or worker that you can be so that you can leave the world a
better place than you found it.
"The difference between school and life? In
school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're
given a test that teaches you a lesson." Tom Bodett