That is a no-brainer. Jesus. Is. Everything. I can never be happy running my own show, but His way is joyful, regardless of the circumstances.
Jan V. replied May 3, 2012 at 20:51 UTC:
I don't know that there is a "most" important. In 60 years, I've learned quite a few. Each lesson is in itself important. I do have one philosophy.. Hurt me once, it's on you. Hurt me twice, it's on me.
Life hasn't always been a bowl of cherries, that's life. Take it and go with it. You're never given more than you can take.
I believe we're all being tested for something great. Because if this is all there is...we're in a world of trouble!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Life is fragile and too short. Live each day.
Wow! Can't believe it's almost 4pm. Thank you, Sharon, for the reminder. Doing household chores while emailing my little heart out making contacts, reconnecting with people and thanking others for their help.
I agree, Sharon, there are many life lessons and you mentioned a lot of them in your encouragement. I think the most important to me is to tell people how much you love and care about them because you never know when things can change.
I'd also say that seeing the glass as half full is the one I'm currently working on:)
Enjoy the rest of the day and share the love out there!!!!!!!!!!!!
My spirituality is pretty eclectic; I've "cherry-picked" things that have resonated with and worked for me over the years, and, after some review, I'm going to cheat a little bit on this one, and share four for the price of one.
Out of all of the tenets I've read about and embraced, Toltec Healer Don Miguel Ruiz' "The Four Agreements" seem to stay with me, and I like their simplicity. When recounting them, if I ever have a hard time bringing one to mind, I take it as a sign that the one I'm forgetting is the one I need to focus on at the time. For those who aren't familiar, and to remind those who are, these are the Four Agreements:
+ Be Impeccable With Your Word
+ Don't Take Anything Personally
+ Don't Make Assumptions
+ Always Do Your Best
Hopefully these will resonate with some folks and be as helpful to you as they have been to me. Peace, love and light!
“God is life. God is life in action. The best way to say, "I love you, God," is to live your life doing your best. The best way to say, "Thank you, God," is by letting go of the past and living in the present moment, right here and now. Whatever life takes away from you, let it go. When you surrender and let go of the past, you allow yourself to be fully alive in the moment. Letting go of the past means you can enjoy the dream that is happening right now.” ~Miguel Ruiz
“Every human is an artist. The dream of your life is to make beautiful art.” ~Miguel Ruiz
As much as you would like to, you cannot do it all by yourself. Life is so much better with the joys of friends to help pick you back up when you fall.
I would like to share two.
I grew up in a dysfunctional alcoholic family. In those days everything was secret. I learned how to lie to protect myself and to make myself feel better. It literally took decades for me to discover the value of honesty and especially to be true to myself.
Secondly and just as important to me. I am a metaphysician. I believe that we create every experience in life. As such, I take full responsibility for this creation. I don't feel guilty about the dumb things I've done. I just notice that I created them. I love myself in spite of the outward experiences of my creation. It then leads me to understand that if I created all of my life experiences there must have been a reason and even if I don't know why. Since I have the power to create my life experiences I then can create a life full of love, joy, passion, abundance and fun; along with the things I judge to be less than those. It has freed me to much more compassionate of others and less judgmental and much much more peaceful. Someone say amen!
Thank you Sadye for five great days and thank you Peggy for our new pact!
You can't let outsiders dictate the parameters of your relationship..... Glad I learned this lesson now....
I've learned that our bodies are not machines, and it is not selfish to take care of ourselves. If we give to others, to our jobs until there's nothing left, we're in trouble. I drove myself through my 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, until my body collapsed. Now in my 60s I am having to learn to live as an invalid.
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