Life lessons

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.

  1. Have a firm handshake.
  2. Look people in the eye.
  3. Sing in the shower.
  4. Own a great stereo system.
  5. If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
  6. Keep secrets.
  7. Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen every day.
  8. Always accept an outstretched hand.
  9. Be brave. Even if you are not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
  10. Whistle.
  11. Avoid sarcastic remarks.
  12. Choose your life mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 percent of your happiness or misery.
  13. Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
  14. Lend only those books you never care to see again.
  15. Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
  16. When playing games with children, let them win.
  17. Give people a second chance, but not a third.
  18. Be romantic.
  19. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
  20. Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life and death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
  21. Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the callers.
  22. Be a good loser.
  23. Be a good winner.
  24. Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
  25. When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
  26. Be modest.
  27. Keep it simple.
  28. Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
  29. Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised home many times you have to cross the same river.
  30. Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets.
  31. 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.
  32. Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
  33. Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
  34. Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
  35. Visit friends and relatives when they are in the hospital; you only need to stay a few minutes.
  36. Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
  37. Once in a while, take the scenic route.
  38. Send Valentine’s cards.
  39. Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
  40. Keep a note pad and pencil on your bedside table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
  41. Show respect to everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
  42. Send your loved one flowers. Think of a reason later.
  43. Make someone’s day by paying for the toll for the person in the car behind you.
  44. Become someone’s hero.
  45. Marry only for love.
  46. Count your blessings.
  47. Compliment the meal when you are a guest in someone’s home.
  48. Wave at children on a school bus.
  49. Remember that 80 percent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
  50. 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

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