Tuesday, May 15, 2012

101 Timeless Life Lessons

Are your brains feeling healthier after last week's post about Gandhi's life tips?  Are you ready for some more inspiring brain food?  Awesome!

The good people at Marc & Angel Hack Life have put together a phenomenal list of 101 timeless life lessons.

I've included my personal favorites from the list below, but please click on the link at the end of the post to read them all - they're definitely all worth it.

1. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.

12. Loving someone isn’t just about saying it every day, it’s showing it every day in every way.

21. The path to our destination is not always a straight one.  We go down the wrong one, we get lost, and we turn back.  But maybe it doesn’t matter which road we embark on.  Maybe what matters is that we embark. (This could be a mantra for this blog, actually!)

23. Knowing yourself is one thing, but truly believing and living as yourself is another.  With so much social conditioning in our society, we sometimes forget who we are.

26. Tell the negativity committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.

28. Live in such a way that if someone decided to speak badly of you, no one would believe it.

30. Life is shorter than it often seems.  Sometimes we are only given a few minutes to be with the ones we love, and hundreds of hours to spend thinking of them.  Cherish the moments you have with your friends and family, because in one single second they can be taken away from you forever.

31. Things change, but the sun always rises the next day.  The bad news: nothing is permanent.  The good news: nothing is permanent.

32. It’s your road, and yours alone.  Others may walk it with you, but no one can walk it for you.

48. Life is not about making others happy.  Life is about sharing your happiness with others.

59.Let the constant growth and improvement in your own life keep you so busy that you have no time left to criticize others.

60. When you try to control everything, you enjoy nothing.  Go for long walks.  Indulge in great conversations.  Question your assumptions.  Love yourself.  Pay attention to the moment.  Be a little crazy.  Count your blessings.  Let go for a little while and just be.

64. Being happy doesn’t always make us grateful, but being grateful will always make us happy.

65. Smile every chance you get; not because life has been easy, perfect, or exactly as you had anticipated, but because you choose to be happy and grateful for all the good things you do have and all the problems you know you don’t have.

67. If you’re finding it hard to be grateful for anything, sit down close your eyes and take a long slow breath and be grateful for oxygen.  Every breath you take is in sync with someone’s last.

77. Everyone says love hurts, but that’s not true.  Loneliness hurts.  Rejection hurts.  Losing someone hurts.  Envy hurts.  Everyone gets these things confused with love; but in reality love is the only thing in this world that covers up all pain and makes someone feel wonderful again.  Love is the one thing in this world that does not hurt.

78. Real friendship is a promise made in the heart.  Silent.  Unwritten.  Unbreakable by distance.  Unchangeable by time.

82. Sometimes we expect more from others because we would be willing to do that much for them.

85. Most of the time happiness doesn’t come from money or fame or power; it comes from good friends and family, and from the quiet nobility of leading a good life.

98. One of the greatest freedoms is truly not caring what everyone else thinks of you.

101. Sometimes you have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting.  Have faith that things will work out, maybe not how you planned, but just how it’s meant to be.

Click here to check out the list in its entirety.

Aren't there some wonderful life mantras you can take with you from this list?

All of them are amazing, and have given me some great inspiration to keep me going this week.  I hope the same for you!

Have a wonderful day, everyone!

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