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13 Life Lessons February 12, 2014

Posted by nrhatch in Health & Wellness, Humor, Life Balance, Mindfulness.

Yesterday’s post contained some advice S~T~R~E~S~S.  Following up on that post, here are 13 Life Lessons to help you deal with daily challenges:

Donald-Duck-Mad1)  Acceptance.  Accept that some days you’re the pigeon and other days you’re the statue.

2) Exercise restraint.   Keep your words soft and sweet (in case you have to eat them).

If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

3)  Look for hidden blessings.  If you lend someone $20 and never see them again, it was probably worth it.

4)  Go With the Flow.  A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on an unexpected detour.

5)  Watch your tongue.  If you put both feet in your mouth at the same time, you won’t have a leg to stand on.

Donald-Duck-Driving6)  Drive with care.  If everything’s headed straight  for you, you may be in the wrong lane.  It’s not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

7)  Be patient and wait your turn.  The second mouse gets the cheese.

8)  Perfection is over-rated.  Laugh at your mistakes.

And remember that some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

9)  Dance like no one’s watching.  Nobody cares if you can’t dance well.  Just get up and dance.  Life is not a dress rehearsal.

10)  Sleep late when you can.  It’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird.

11)  Birthdays are good for you.  The more you have, the longer you live.

12)  Be kind.  Perhaps our sole purpose in life is simply to be kind and compassionate to others.

13)  Do what you can.  You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

Aah . . . that’s better!

Inspiration: e-mail from unknown author


1. suzicate - February 12, 2014

Ah, if only I could sleep late; as in meaning my inner clock won’t allow me! I like many of these, ok I like them all.

nrhatch - February 12, 2014

If I had one wish . . .
Just for me.

I would wish for a good night’s sleep.
Every night.


That would be B~L~I~S~S!

2. Rainee - February 12, 2014

Some excellent advice there 🙂

nrhatch - February 12, 2014

Here’s to enjoying the inevitable unexpected detours on our journey from HERE to THERE. :mrgreen:

3. Grannymar - February 12, 2014

I have discovered some wonderful surprises on unexpected detours over the years.

nrhatch - February 12, 2014

At times there is nothing better than NOT knowing what waits around the bend.

Grannymar - February 12, 2014

How true!

4. William D'Andrea - February 12, 2014

“Even a fool is considered wise, if he keeps silent.” According to the Book of Proverbs.

nrhatch - February 12, 2014

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” ~ Abe Lincoln

ericjbaker - February 12, 2014

Are you guys talking about me?

nrhatch - February 12, 2014

Haha! Of course.
You’re the “Strong Silent Type” . . . right? 😉

5. colonialist - February 12, 2014

Watching tongues while putting feet in mouth sounds like a recipe for putting backs out and straining eyes!

nrhatch - February 12, 2014

You’ve got a point . . . if we don’t have a leg to stand on, it might be because we’re tied up in knots like a PRETZEL! 😉

Val Boyko - February 13, 2014

Sounds like a new one legged twisting yoga pose. Ardha Knotasana 🙂

nrhatch - February 13, 2014

Ardha Knotasana made me LOL! Thanks, Val.

6. jannatwrites - February 13, 2014

Today, I think I might have been the statue. At least #3 made me laugh!

nrhatch - February 13, 2014

Statue days can be rough. And messy. Here’s to a day filled with laughter.

7. Three Well Beings - February 13, 2014

This is really a wonderful list, Nancy. I think I value kindness most of all! And I really appreciate the “at least be vague” comment. LOL! That’s terrific. I can think of so many times that all we need to do is be kind…then step away. 🙂

nrhatch - February 13, 2014

“At least be vague” is my favorite! 😀

8. Val Boyko - February 13, 2014

I’m definitely going to borrow the pigeon and statue metaphor! Love it. Thanks for a great list.

nrhatch - February 13, 2014

Awesome! Glad you enjoyed, Val.

9. librarylady - February 13, 2014

If you can’t be kind at least have the decency to be vague. I love it! (and thanks to a prickly relative find myself putting it into practice almost daily.)

nrhatch - February 13, 2014

It’s great when we can “let off steam” by letting our “vague” remarks fly right over their heads! 😀

10. diannegray - February 13, 2014

These are all fantastic, Nancy. I giggled from the very beginning and thought ‘that’s my favourite!’ until I got the next one and then the next one 😀


nrhatch - February 13, 2014

Cool! Glad it created a few giggles for you. 😆

11. Booksphotographsandartwork - February 13, 2014

Absolutely brilliant Nancy! Everyone spot on for my life right now.

nrhatch - February 14, 2014

Excellent! I ordered up a #10 special this morning and slept in.

12. Perfecting Motherhood - February 15, 2014

Very sound advice to follow and live a happy life. 🙂

nrhatch - February 15, 2014

I think you’ve mastered #4. 😀

Perfecting Motherhood - February 16, 2014

Yep, once you’ve figured out Murphy’s law is proven every day, it’s easier to relax and go with the flow!

nrhatch - February 16, 2014

Exactly. When you find yourself up a stream without a paddle, you just smile and say, “of course.”

When we don’t waste all our energy being mad 😡 . . . we have the energy we need to BE GLAD!

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