If you are reading this right now, take advantage of these common lessons that all too often take a lifetime to learn.
Time is fleeting. It is the one resource which we can never recover. Sadly, most people only realize this once it is too late. The lessons of life, the old saying goes, are best felt in the deathbed! But are we seriously going to wait up till then?
We need to take a hard good look at our priorities and rethink our positions before something terrible happens to us. When we are told to evaluate our positions, an entire string of regrets often follows a teary eyed emotional outpouring.
Here are the top 5 things that a lot of people take a lifetime to learn and these are super easy to follow:
1. Live in the moment: All too often we get caught up obsessing about the past or worrying about the future. When your time runs out in this life, you’ll realize that it is only the present that matters. The past is gone, and the future isn’t a guarantee. The only thing you have control over is how you act and what you do with your time right now. Close the door on the past. Process the things you learned, apply the lessons to your current life and then never look back. Have a plan for your future, but don’t overthink it. Live in the present tense. Get out there and live today. Tomorrow is not a done deal.
2. Chase your dreams: Living for us may be a tall ask these days, but it is the best advice you can take heart from. Most of us live for others and feel obligated in our lives to do certain things for others. Your dreams matter and chasing them matters most!
3. Work hard, but don’t work too hard: Chase your dreams and work hard to make them come true. Work your backside off all day long, but go home to your family and be with them when the clock strikes five. One of the biggest regrets that dying people have is that they didn’t spend enough time with those who meant the most. They missed their child’s soccer game. They failed to go out on dates with their spouse. They never visited their parents while they were alive. While it is so important to pursue your dreams and work feverishly to accomplish your goals, strive to keep a balance in your life. Make time for your family, friends, and yourself.
4. Actions speak for themselves: Actions often speak louder than words and it makes sense to follow our hearts with a constant dedication and perseverance. Our work should speak for us and that should be the measure of our success in life.
5. Kindness is important: Smile at strangers who appear to be having a bad day. Give ten dollars to the woman who forgot her purse at home and is now embarrassed standing in line at the fast food restaurant with three screaming kids. Tell a joke to a friend who is hurting. Learn to give more than you receive. There are opportunities for kindness everywhere you look, and not a single one is too small. Not only does kindness make a world of difference to those around you, it will also change your life. When you focus on being kind, you will bring so much positivity into each and every day. By helping others, you help yourself.