March is my birthday month. This year I will turn 53 and I have been pondering on what I have learned in the 52 years God has graced me with, so far, to be alive. I have found out that the life lessons that I have learned were not clothed in “good times” but in as some say “the school of hard knocks”. Such is life! Here are my five life lessons:
1. Exhale – it is not as bad as you think it is. You will survive.
2. Pick my battles sparingly – you can’t take on every fight and keep your sanity. Pick battles that will have the greatest impact. Don’t sweat the small stuff.
3. To keep my inner circle small – Your inner circle of friends have the ability to see you up-close and personal, flaws and all; and not fault you for them. They do not pass judgment on you. They correct you to better you, not to defeat you.
4. Ask questions – This may threaten the person or the institution that is being questioned but it is necessary for personal growth. It may have been the same way for generations but that’s not a reason to keep on doing it that way, especially if it’s not working.
5. Be anxious for nothing – (As in Philippians 4:6 KJV) Many times the very thing that we think will ruin us or will be our downfall, is the very thing God will use to open a door for us or change the way we view a matter. In my life I thought that my son’s intellectual challenge would never allow me to live my own life, but I found the exact opposite to be true. It is the intense supervision that my son needs that opened the door for me to become an entrepreneur and a published Christian author.
There’s a quote that says “only a fool learns from his own mistakes. The wise man learns from the mistakes of others.” And so I hope that my 52 years of living and learning can help someone else so that you in your 20s, 30s, and 40s can realize that no matter what, the Lord will always keep you and bless you.
Let’s all get a little wiser, share in the comments your lessons learned!