I would soak in everything I could possibly read. There always seems to be something else to do that is more important or more entertaining than reading a book. I would start reading more often.
I’ve been accused of being a perpetual student. I’d go back into school and get a few degrees, maybe history. I’d travel the world and not only see history being made, I might even make some of it personally.
I might even actually slow down a little and enjoy life more.
Even if I don’t necessarily agree with some on the list, someone will, so why remove any? Because: A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle. Enjoy 😉
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don’t worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.
35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
The biggest risk that I ever took in my life was the most difficult choice I’ve ever made, possibly the most painful. It’s when I decided that I didn’t want to do real estate after six years and tell my father that I would not be the one to carry on the legacy and take over the company someday.
When I was in high school and someone asked me what I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I said that I didn’t know, but I would NOT work for my father. At the age of 20, within 2 weeks of finishing high school I moved out. Two months later, I took a full time position at a women’s clothing store. Talk about painful! My father said that his assistant needed a back up and asked if I wanted to join his real estate consulting firm. I asked until Sunday dinner to make up my mind. The next day, I had a run-in with my manager and thought during her 30 minute long speech that neither she, I or my assistant manager had to endure, “I don’t have to put up with this.” After she had finished raking me over the coals unnecessarily, I informed her that she should consider this my two week notice as I was joining my father’s firm. I saw her jaw drop and the smile creep across the assistant manager’s face. I’d won.
I started with my father’s firm two weeks later and stayed there for six years. I started realizing that instead of filling out the tenant reports for the Boards of Director’s I was fixing the internet connection that had recently been installed in the office. I enrolled in a private college and began my career in IT. The rest is history…