Lessons Learned

  • Nothing good ever comes without work.  Without doing the heavy lifting required to be a success, we deprive ourselves of the deep joy and increased sense of self and well-being of our accomplishments.  Humans are designed to create.  When an achievement comes too easily, we cannot feel we earned it.
  • It’s far better to sing badly or off-key, or to dance and risk making a fool of myself, than never attempted to sing or dance at all.  I like singing, and I like dancing.  Just because I don’t do either very well shouldn’t keep me from enjoying myself.
  • Promptness is a sign of respect.  When you are habitually late, or preventably late, you are really stating your unspoken disrespect for those you keep waiting.
  • Whatever your passion, pursue it as if your days are numbered…because they are.
  • When you mess up – whether in your own eyes or someone else’s – confess and take responsibility.  Taking ownership makes the forgiveness happen sooner, so everyone can move on.
  • As a corollary to the previous thought: Don’t intentionally mess up to spite someone.  It only comes back to you and makes you the one with a weak character.
  • Store brand products are good enough.  I don’t need to spend an extra few dollars per item when I’m purchasing 35 items.  It adds up quickly.
  • Even if forgiveness seems impossible, pretend.  Eventually you’ll find that you’ve arrived at a place inside where you’ve forgiven those who you feel slighted you in some way.
  • Exercise does not “take time.”  It creates time.
  • Laundry day is so much easier when all your socks are the same and you don’t have to spend time matching them up.
  • Anyone who judges based on what you drive or what you wear isn’t worth impressing.
  • The first person to say “Get a life!” in an argument is the loser.
  • You cannot avoid offending others on occasion.  When you didn’t mean it, apologize.  When you meant it, accept responsibility.