Things I've Learned...and still Learning
I took a quick inventory and decided to write down some of the important things I've learned over the years. The list is by no means all-inclusive, but it contains some of the more impactful lessons I've learned. Many are old adages that you have probably heard before, but they have proven to be true in my life. I initially planned to group the list by category but decided it was best to let them stay in the random order they came to my mind. When I finished, I asked myself what was my biggest takeaway from the exercise? Answer---I'm still learning!!
I am not always right
I am not always wrong
I cannot change anyone
Truth can be much stranger than fiction
I Lead with my heart (it is painful sometimes)
Believe in people, never give up anyone
Do no harm
Laughter may not cure everything, but it is good medicine, that's why I love comedy so much!!
Never intentionally hurt anyone
Try to see things from different perspectives
Work just as hard to understand as you do to be understood
Golf is a hard game
If you want a good friend, be a good friend
Time really does heal all wounds
My Kids were really listening
Mean people don't know they are mean, they just think they are keeping it real! Love them anyway
Respect others unless they prove unworthy of respect
Hard work does not guarantee success, but failure is guaranteed if you don't work hard
The hardest battles are fought between the ears
Ask tough questions but be prepared to hear tough answers
Tell the truth but don't expect everyone to believe you
Give everyone the benefit of the doubt until they prove they don't deserve it
My words matter
Be quick to forgive but never wait to be forgiven
A short memory is a good thing
Make good memories
Learn from mistakes but don't dwell on them, move on
Take care of yourself mentally, physically and spiritually
It's not always about you, in fact, it rarely is
Family means everything
Everything doesn't matter
Some thoughts should stay in your head
Be your own best friend
Know your limits but don't limit yourself
You don't know all the circumstances behind decisions others had to make
The Sun rises and sets everyday whether you see it or not
Give more than you take
"I don't know" is a good answer
When you think you can't give more--give more!
When you feel you can't care more--care more!
Always show up
If someone wants to leave, let them go!
Always be willing to walk away
Be a life-long learner
Arrogance is not strength
Kindness is not weakness
Take a minute, reflect and make your own list. Remember when you learn---you grow!