♊44 Lessons♊

 

Today is my 44th birthday! You might remember this from last year. I’ve added a 44th lesson: 

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  1. Pay attention to nature. 
  2. Some friends don’t last forever. 
  3. Physical life doesn’t last forever, but death will continue to surprise you.
  4. If you don’t like the life you’ve created, then make steps to create a new one.
  5. Be yourself. 
  6. Love yourself. 
  7. Be nice to people you don’t know. 
  8. People will let you down. Learn how much letdown you want to tolerate from any one person.
  9. Learn when it’s time to let go.
  10. Learn when to hold on. 
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Change. ©2016. K E Garland.

11. You always have a choice.

12. No one owes you anything.

13. You don’t owe anyone anything.

14. Sometimes friends act more like family.

15. Be honest with yourself and others.

16. Kids are not a do-over. They are individuals with their own experiences.

17. If you want more love, compassion or empathy, then give more love, compassion or empathy.

18. You can’t make people like you.

19. It’s never too late to grow.

20. Change is inevitable, whether it’s biological or spiritual.

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21. Be grateful for all the so-called bad stuff that’s happened.

22. Apologize.

23. Accept apologies.

24. Folks will fill in the blanks of your life AND make up their own stories about it; so what?

25. Mistakes are inevitable; try anyway.

26. Institutions look out for themselves.

27. You will attract people and experiences that reflect how you feel about yourself, whether you believe that concept or not.

28. Treat people the way you want to be treated, even if you don’t think they’ve done the same.

29. Nothing is finite.

30. Recognize how you feel in situations.

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31.You can’t blame your parents forever.

32. Wisdom doesn’t always come with age.

33. Listen to your children. For a long time, they are a reflection of you.

34. Don’t try to convince people that their belief system is wrong, stupid or inaccurate.

35. Fear nothing.

36. Know yourself.

37.One way to avoid manipulation is to be clear about who you are and what you want.

38. Judging does not equal caring.

39. Treat the homeless as you would your own mother.

40. Exercise so you can continue to move your body in ways you enjoy.

41. Learn something. But figure out if you need to pay for the knowledge or if you can Google your way through.

42. There is no correct way to live life. transient2

43. We’re all connected.

44. Be of service.

~kg

162 thoughts on “♊44 Lessons♊

  1. SOOOOOOO TRUEEEE!!!!!
    14.Sometimes friends act more like family.
    26.Institutions look out for themselves.
    37.One way to avoid manipulation is to be clear about who you are and what you want.

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    1. Number 14 I had to wake up and learn! Number 26 I got taken once and realized, Oh okay lol this is how we’re playing huh? And 37, indeed. Once we get clear about those two things, then life just kind of unfolds in a nice, graceful way (mostly). Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting 🙂

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  2. “Treat the homeless as you would your own mother” …beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I wish more folks would take this seriously. These are folks who are down on their luck. It is sad. Whenever I converse with a homeless person, the first thing they typically do is try to convince me that they are not on drugs. This is because they have been criminalized by every person they encounter. In a country where some people have multiple homes, there are some folks with no homes. It is so sad.

    Thank you for the great wisdom and have a great day !

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    1. Thanks Darryl! I’ve become fascinated with the homeless for some reason. I think it’s deplorable the way WE treat them as if they are not people at all. Like you mentioned, there are many reasons that one could actually be homeless, and drug and alcohol addiction COULD be a reason or consequence of the homelessness, and sometimes not. We’re so quick to assume and judge. If you have time, you might enjoy this piece I wrote for Talking Soup: http://talkingsoup.com/soup-bowl/transient

      Peace, love and light today and always 😉

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      1. ‘nothing is finite’ is an interesting one. I’ve been thinking about it and perhaps on the most fundamental level you are right- like even life ending is not necessarily and end whether you believe in the afterlife or view it from a decomposition perspective with minerals returning to the earth and supporting new life. As for the one about treating a homeless person like you’d treat your mum- I guess that is with the assumption that the way you treat your mother is with compassion, love etc…I wouldn’t want to burden a stranger with my issues with my mother, but again – perhaps you are right and I need to address the relationship with my mother. Really good list Kathy 💕

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  3. Such wisdom from a 43 year old – happy belated birthday and thank you for following my blog on my paternal grandmother – my main blog is elizabethstokkebye.com

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  4. This list is wonderful. My favorites: mistakes are inevitable, change is inevitable, and kids are their own individuals. It’s great to remember all of this. Thanks for the gift on your birthday!

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  5. Happy 43rd!!!! Omigosh! You look so good! I thought you were in your twenties! Enjoy yourself on your special day. I love the list and I look forward to reading about more years of lessons.

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