Have you ever thought about the life lessons you have learned? Or the life lessons you have taught your children? Someone posted this the other day, and I felt it worthy to pass along.
Life lessons from an 80 year old man.
- Have a firm handshake.
- Look people in the eye.
- Sing in the shower.
- Own a great stereo system.
- If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
- Keep secrets.
- Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
- Always accept an outstretched hand.
- Be brave. Even if you are not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
- Avoid sarcastic remarks.
- Choose your life mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of your happiness or misery.
- Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
- Lend only those books you never care to see again.
- Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
- When playing games with children, let them win.
- Give people a second chance, but not a third.
- Be romantic.
- Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
- Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
- Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the callers.
- Be a good loser.
- Be a good winner.
- Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
- When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
- Be modest.
- Keep it simple.
- Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
- Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised home many times you have to cross the same river.
- Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets.
- Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the things you didn’t do more than the things you did.
- Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
- Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
- Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
- Visit friends and relatives when they are in the hospital; you only need to stay a few minutes.
- Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
- Once in a while, take the scenic route.
- Send Valentine’s cards.
- Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
- Keep a note pad and pencil on your bedside table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
- Show respect to everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
- Send your loved one flowers. Think of a reason later.
- Make someone’s day by paying for the toll for the person in the car behind you.
- Become someone’s hero.
- Marry only for love.
- Count your blessings.
- Compliment the meal when you are a guest in someone’s home.
- Wave at children on a school bus.
- Remember that 80 percent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
- Don’t expect life to be fair.
All great life lessons to remember and to share. As we get older, we get wiser. Here are a few more from me:
- Believe in the magic of it all.
- Work hard, play hard. Always remember to have fun.
- Travel often. There are so many cool places in this world to see. Go see some of them.
- Give compliments and accept compliments.
- Do not post your entire life on social media.
- Cook dinner and eat at home. And always make dessert.
- Forgive. It takes so much energy to be angry.
- Go for walks.
- Say your prayers. If you have time to worry, you have time to pray. (Philippians 4:6-7)
What are some of the life lessons you have learned?
XOXO, Jane Anne