Have you heard “With age, comes wisdom”? These 60 Things I Have Learned in 59 Years are evidence of the truth to that statement in my life.
Today’s post is a little different for me. It’s a little personal and reflective. Today is my 59th birthday. Is that a milestone? I don’t know but it has caused me to reflect upon things I have learned in the last 59 years.
- Say your prayers.
- Love Jesus, He Loves You.
- Time heals all wounds.
- You will never get over losing loved one’s who die but you will, in time, learn to live your life without them in it.
- If you watch your pennies, the dollars will take care of themselves.
- Apologize to people you hurt.
- Tell people you love, that you love them.
- Hugs make the world go around, give and receive hugs.
- Be open minded.
- Quit eating when you are full.
A hug from my grandson the day his high school team won the State Championship
- Calming down is easier said than done, not just for you.
- Do not try to convince people to your way of thinking.
- Let other people have their way too, compromise.
- Go to church.
- Teach your children to do yard work.
- No matter the circumstances or how bad things may seem, it will indeed get better.
- Never interrupt a person while sharing a story. No matter who that person is or if you believe they are telling it wrong, it’s their story.
- There is more than one way to accomplish a task. Let other folks do it their way.
- Set big goals for yourself and then set smaller goals to help you achieve the big goals.
- Life is not always fair.
My high school girlfriends and me 40 years after graduation.
- Cancer sucks.
- Foul language serves no purpose except to make the user look bad.
- Marriages are worth saving. Make an extra effort.
- Encourage others.
- Find a place to give back by volunteering.
- Volunteerism is it’s own reward.
- Teach your children to do laundry.
- Work on being a better listener.
- This too shall pass (TTSP)
- Don’t be a sore loser. No one likes a sore loser.
You will never get over losing loved one’s who die but you will, in time, learn to live your life without them in it.
- Be happy for other people.
- If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
- Technology doesn’t provide close human companionship, people do. Turn off the device and talk to someone special.
- Diets can begin any day of the week.
- Just because you Can do a thing, doesn’t mean you Should do that thing.
- Commitment requires sacrifice.
- Decisions net consequences.
- Make new friends and keep the old.
- Wash white clothes separate.
- You will not be remembered for whether or not you made your bed but make it anyway.
My parents with me at very young ages in Charlotte N.C.
- All people experience grief differently. Allow others to grieve.
- Animals grieve too.
- Listen to the stories your parents and grandparents enjoy sharing. There are life lessons in those stories.
- Pull your pants up. No one cares to see your underwear.
- Once you complete any project or task, ask yourself what you can do to make it even better.
- Do not compare yourself to others. Just Be Yourself.
- Ask questions.
- Make your own informed decisions. Do not rely on social media or news media for answers. That is where false information comes from.
- Do not spread false information. If you do not know it to be an honest fact then don’t even talk about it.
- Negotiate. The worst thing that can happen is they say no. It’s definitely worth the effort to negotiate.
- Do not share photos of other people’s tragedies on social media.
- Your cause is a good cause, it’s just not my cause and that’s ok.
- Volunteer somewhere at some point in your life. Don’t procrastinate that, just do it. Fit it in. You’ll know why after you do it.
- Do not text and drive.
- There has never been a person born whose purpose in life is to wait on you hand and foot.
- Do not say or do things intentionally which you know will hurt another person.
- Clean up behind yourself.
- Be respectful of elderly.
- Learn manners.
- Use those manners that you have learned.
Why stop at 60? What life lessons will you share?
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How old is old? A college psychology professor asked this question in class one day. The answers were as varied as the colors of a rainbow. I guess it depends upon how old you are.