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21 Life Lessons To Consider August 20, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Life Balance, People.
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A recent chain e-mail I received included 21 Life Lessons.  None of the 21  Lessons worked perfectly with my life philosophy. 

Here’s my modified list of 21 Life Lessons To Consider:

ONE.  Only give people what they want and expect from you if you can do so cheerfully . . . without resentment simmering below the surface.   At all other times, do what you want and allow others to do the same.

TWO.  Marry someone you love to laugh with.  As you get  older, looks fade and bodies sag ~ but a shared sense humor will improve even the cloudiest days.

THREE.  Don’t believe all you hear, spend all you have, or eat all you want . . . or you will become fat, poor, and increasingly ignorant (never a good combination).

FOUR.  Say what you mean and mean what you say.  Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.  ~ Dr. Seuss

FIVE.  Apologize only if you can do so unilaterally, without expecting anything in return.  There are few things worse in a relationship than expecting a reciprocal apology that is NOT forthcoming.

SIX.  Be engaged at least six months before you get  married, and be married at least 26 years before adding children to the union.   (I kid.  I kid.) 

SEVEN.  Believe in love at first sight and happily ever after . . . even if you never encounter either first hand.

EIGHT.  Hang on to your dreams, even when others are laughing at you and/or them.  People who have dreams have a reason to get up in the morning (other than just going through ritual ablutions).

NINE.  Live deeply and passionately. You might get hurt but it’s better than living only half a life.

TEN.  In disagreements, fight fair and stick to the issue at hand.  If you resort to name calling, you may win the argument and lose the relationship.

Don’t call people “Broccoli Head,” unless you are arguing with an actual head of broccoli.

ELEVEN.  Don’t judge people by their relatives ~ but scrutinize their friends carefully.

TWELVE.  Think BEFORE opening your mouth.   If stupid things start gushing out, SHUT your mouth quickly.

THIRTEEN.  When someone asks you a question you don’t want to  answer, smile and ask, “Why do you want to  know?”

This is my favorite tip for dealing with the Nosy Parkers of the world, as well as for people who are gathering information to use against me in a court of law.

FOURTEEN.  Remember that living life involves some degree of risk ~ but standing still is the greatest risk of all.

FIFTEEN.  Say “bless you” when you hear someone sneeze ~ then excuse yourself to wash your hands.

SIXTEEN.  When things don’t go as  planned, look for the hidden lesson or message.  Most clouds have silver linings . . . even if they are somewhat tarnished. 

SEVENTEEN.  Remember the three R’s ~ Respect for self, Respect for others, and Responsibility for your actions.  Don’t be the prisoner of your past, be the architect of your future. 

EIGHTEEN.  Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship, but feel free to  let less than stellar friendships fall by the wayside.  Life is too short to put up with toxic relationships.

NINETEEN.  When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct  it.  Don’t keep throwing time and energy down turnip holes.

TWENTY.  Smile when picking up the phone.  The caller will hear your smile and feel happier for no reason at all.  Even better, choose happiness all the time.  To get started . . . How To Be Happy NOW. 

TWENTY- ONE.   Spend time alone.   If you can’t stand being alone with yourself, why should anyone else have to put up with you?

If you don’t agree with the 21 Life Lessons on my list, be patient.  The original chain e-mail is currently circumnavigating the globe for the 217th time.  It should arrive in your mailbox shortly.

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[…] 21 Life Lessons To Consider (via Spirit Lights The Way) Posted on August 21, 2010 by aardvarkian| Leave a comment I couldn’t NOT reblog this post. Nancy, thank you so much. A recent chain e-mail I received included 21 Life Lessons.  None of the 21  Lessons worked perfectly with my life philosophy.  Here's my modified list of 21 Life Lessons To Consider:  ONE.  Only give people what they want and expect from you if you can do so cheerfully . . . without resentment simmering below the surface.   At all other times, do what you want and allow others to do the same. TWO.  Marry someone you love to laugh with.  As you ge … Read More […]

2. cindy - August 20, 2010

HEHEHE! I can quite honestly say that I have never called anyone a broccoli head!

nrhatch - August 21, 2010

We used to play a name game with my nieces and nephew and created some fun food related insults:

Broccoli Head
Mushroom Mouth
Onion Breath

They giggled endlessly at the pictures we created together.

3. Radhika Sen Gupta - August 21, 2010

haha.. i love your tastefully satirical twist to some great lessons one should learn in life.
Good job! 🙂

nrhatch - August 21, 2010

Thanks, Radhika.

The e-mailed list served as a wonderful launch pad but needed a few nips, tucks, and extensions before it suited me.

4. alelell - August 23, 2010

This was great, after being unemployed for almost a year these are the kinds of things I need to remember and remind myself daily. And I think I will use Mushroom Mouth next time I need to call out names. ha ha.
=)

nrhatch - August 23, 2010

Glad it resonated with you. Good luck with your job search!

BTW: Don’t call prospective employers Mushroom Mouth or Onion Breath. They get annoyed. : )

5. booksphotographsandartwork - August 24, 2010

Well I haven’t called anyone broccoli head but maybe other things. I love this list, its great. Maybe you should develop it into a curriculum to be taught in public, private and home schools.

nrhatch - August 24, 2010

Glad you enjoyed!

The original list seemed a bit far-fetched to me . . . give people MORE than they expect, always be the FIRST to apologize (even if you’re not really sorry), etc.

I revised the list to make it a bit more realistic.

I’ll give your idea some thought. Maybe I can become a Self-Help Guru and take this list on the lecture circuit with me. : )


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