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Everyone collects lessons throughout life although you may not consciously realise it. Taking some time to consider what you have learnt though can be valuable – especially if you think that the lessons are still relevant and useful to yourself or others. Passing them “down the line” is a great way to have them continue – and you may be surprised when, in conversation with relatives or friends, how they have now taken on your own learnings for themselves!

Some of these life lessons which you have created and learnt may include:

  1. Life isn’t fair but its still good.
  2. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  3. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  4. Save for retirement and start with your 1st pay cheque!
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. Life is too short to waste time hating people.
  7. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  8. Don’t compare your life to others.  You have no idea about the journey that they are on.
  9. Life is too short for great pity-parties. Get on with the living, or the dying.
  10. Today is a special day – burn the candle, put on the best sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Do not save it for “a special occasion”.
  11. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  12. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  13. Frame every disaster with these words “will this matter in five years time”?
  14. Growing old beats the alternative – dying young.
  15. Be thankful.
  16. Don’t audit and edit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  17. Get rid of anything which isn’t useful, beautiful or joyous.
  18. No matter how you feel – get up, dress up and show up.
  19. Take a drop breath – it calms the mind.
  20. If you don’t ask you don’t get.

These are just a few options – can you think of some of your own too?

A further inquiry is to ask where YOUR LESSONS came from. Was it from a parent or other family member – passed down the years? Or maybe from surviving a bad incident or experience? You may notice that many of these “lessons” are about being content and happy right now and avoiding future pain.

When did you decide to take on these actions? At what age? What happened and what did you make it mean? Was it all about YOU or someone / something else?

Put a comment below and share your thoughts on this post.

What phrases and sayings did you grow up with hearing?

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