1. Don’t take yourself so seriously
Seriously. Life is fun. Lighten up!
2. Be honest with yourself
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Some old dead guy
3. Accept your limitations
You are not superman. You are human. You are enough.
4. Persevere in developing your strengths
You are uniquely wired and gifted for a reason. Honor your Creator (and help the rest of us) by using your gifts!
5. Give thanks for every single day you’re given
Tim McGraw had a thing or two to say about this.
6. Appreciate the people in your life
Read Top 5 Regets of the Dying. All of them involve people to a certain extent.
7. Shoot for the stars
Aim for the moon, and even if you miss, Russia still has a space program 😉
8. Tell your parents you love them
No matter the complications surrounding your relationship with them, the fact is they probably sacrificed a lot to give you things they didn’t have. Give Mom a call! She will very much appreciate it 🙂
9. Tell him/her how you really feel
This one goes back to No. 2. Yes rejection might hurt, but it’s far far better than never telling them at all. Take a risk.
We were designed “to work and to keep” the earth. Be your domain Art, Science, Accounting, or Underwater Basket Weaving, create with everything you have!
11. Find the positive
It’s there I promise. Don’t be a negative nancy.
12. Run toward your dreams
Let me say that again. RUN. Don’t just saunter or jog or dance around in a vague direction. Set your compass towards what you truly want and don’t slow down till you get there!
Experience the world outside your world.
“A good traveler has no fixed plan, and is not intent on arriving.” – Lao-Tzu
14. Embrace the hurt
Hurting moments can be learning moments. But sometimes they’re just hurting moments. Don’t despise the growth and change you’re being forced to undergo.
It’s healthy! 🙂
16. Share your life
Don’t be a lone ranger. Share yourself with others. Live in Community. We need you!
17. Be true to yourself
Don’t be a sheep in wolf’s clothing. Or even a sheep in another sheep’s clothing. Just wear your own damn clothes.
18. Inspire others
Practice numbers 1 – 17 and this one is a gimme.
19. Unplug and Listen
The world we live in is a Distraction Machine. Take a hike, get out in the sticks, and leave your battery-powered devices behind!
20. Hug often
If you’re like me and you need your fill of physical touch, this is the best non-creepy way to do it!
21. Get tired
Spend yourself. Pour yourself out for a worthy cause, come home exhausted, then wake up the next day and do it again.
22. Call an old friend
Chances are, they’re probably thinking of you as well.
23. Marvel at Beauty
Be it a Picasso, Nature, the Opera, or Outer Space. Stand in wonder at something bigger than yourself.
Oftentimes we use substance or entertainment to numb ourselves. All feelings, euphoric or painful, demand to be felt.
25. Stay hungry, Stay foolish
– Steve Jobs 🙂
What do you think? Have any lessons of your own to contribute? Leave a comment below!