Things I didn’t have a clue about 20 years ago…

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I am 43 years old, and these are things I didn’t have a clue about 20 years ago:

~Life goes by fast, especially once you have children. Soak up every moment you can.

~Everyone makes mistakes. Learn from them, forgive yourself, and move on to be a better you. (like never having big hair again!)

~If hate and bitterness is directed at you, its really what is inside the other person that is directing it your way. Its your choice whether you want to absorb it.

~If you look for good, you will find it. If you look for bad, you will find it. Be alert to the bad, but keep all your senses open to the good.

~No one is better than anyone else. Some of us may make better choices than others, but we all have our own value and our own ability to change our thoughts and actions.

~I don’t have control over what anyone else does, or over certain circumstances, but I do have complete control over how I react to them.

~Be generous in everything you do without the expectation of anything in return. It will always come back to you in some form.

~A good friend is worth their weight in gold. Give them the gift of your full trust.

~Baking with kids is never going to look like it does in the commercials. Get over it, and enjoy the memories being made.

~Listen closely to young children. They always have a fresh perspective and untainted wisdom.

~Hug freely and often.

~Family is a gift not everyone has. Nurture and cherish your family. If you don’t have a family, nurture and cherish friends like the family they are to you.

~Enjoy long showers. That is where our best thinking (and singing) takes place.

~Start out the morning in solitude, enjoying a book, cup of coffee, meditation, or whatever you enjoy, even if it means getting up 20 minutes earlier. It sets a positive tone for the whole day.

~If you are feeling depressed, get up and move. Go for a quick walk, get some fresh air for a few minutes. You can’t clear your head of negative thoughts sitting in the same place.

~Getting therapy, or asking for a friend’s help is not a sign of weakness….it is a sign of courage.

~When you are nervous, tell yourself you are excited and do what you need to do. There is no better high than achieving a challenge that scares us.

~I have a lot more to learn, but that no longer overwhelms me, it excites me.

Keep on keeping on, my friends! Life is good 🙂

Christie

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Little Bird's Dad
    Feb 15, 2013 @ 12:33:37

    Awesome…I am going to “borrow” a couple of those. If only I had known these 20 years ago. : )

    Reply

  2. Christie
    Feb 16, 2013 @ 22:40:10

    Haha, exactly! 🙂

    Reply

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