That each decade of my life I learned my lessons from my obstacles and my joys. I collected them in writing.
In my twenties I wrote my longings: these were foundational to my life manifestations. Create. Write. Inspire. Serve. These days that’s called the law of attraction. The ancients said and I saw it as true – our lives become what we think about. Or, “what you feed, grows.”
In my thirties I gathered my intentions: Live with intention. Walk to the edge. Listen hard. Laugh. Play with abandon. Practice wellness. Continue to learn. Choose with no regret. Appreciate your friends. Lead or follow a leader. Do what you love. Live as if this is all there is.
These became my measuring stick for the actions of my life. Have one. If you don’t have one, get one. Otherwise, how do you know what to say “yes” to? (Or, “no?”)
In the next decade those “lessons” that I thought would always stick sort of slipped past me when in the press of a challenge. So when I had an “aha! moment” I wrote them down. Write yours down. And put them in a place that you can see them everyday.
Reminders: Most of the things that seem so significant – aren’t. Don’t take it personally – it’s not usually about you. Pay attention. Know when to leave. Curiosity takes courage. The most important promises are the ones you make to yourself. Appreciation lasts longer than complaint. Being nice isn’t always best. Surprise is as powerful as consistency. Listen to your inclination. There’s a difference between protecting yourself and defending yourself. Your eyes must not determine what you see. Play more. Stand tall. Imagine.
And today – True friendship is the thing that trumps everything. Mutual self interest often masquerades as friendship – discern the difference.
Move. Dance. Walk. Do anything to trick yourself into movement and stretching. Fiercely seize health.
Learn new skills. “Getting it “perfect” isn’t as important as “getting it.”
Many priorities bang on the door of your day. Remember what truly matters to you? Do that. Realize your “No,” becomes someone else’s opportunity for “yes.”
The only opinion about your life that matters is yours. Apologize. Act on core values. Choose. Don’t dilute your endeavors with justifications or explanations. Own your actions. Allow others to own theirs.
When you say, “I’ve had enough of this,” mean it. If you don’t intend to change the circumstance, then don’t complain.
Mean it when you kiss someone. Play more. Laugh long. Rest deep. Take care of your knees. Write what you know. Remember what’s important.
This is not the second half of your life, or the last two thirds of your life. This moment is the fresh start of your life and it’s the only thing that you can be certain of. Life begins when you do.
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So much positive advice! Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge.
Very wise words, Mary! I’ve taken away a lot of good points from today’s inspiration! Thank you! 🙂
That’s an amazing life you have Marry Anne. I comend you. I try my best to be a spiritual being. I’m kind, respectful, caring, and compassion. My life is spiritual. Thank you for your inspiration.
It is great message to me and it’s very inspiring. Thank you.
I nice summery of many stories we read and take lots ofvour time.
Thank you for the wise reminders:)
Loved this. thank you 🙂
Life is a journey not s destination.
Thank you Mary Anne for simplifying what power we have ,each one of us, with our words and our actions. Each that we are present to opportunities to give freely our energy to others. We are God’s light on earth and we illuminate his word to others. The actions we take can transform a workplace, a church , a store a bank.
My Wife Anne and I are spiritual beings who love our Purpose or Our Why. We are Being of Service to others wherever we go. A kind word, a Smike can light up a person’s day.
Thank you for reminding me, my life is not about me it is about others.
We can make a difference sharing our positive mindset , attitude and energy with others.
Appreciate your concise advice and idea.
Such a welcome reminder today. I’ve actually written several of these statements down because I’m certain you directed them expressly toward me in this very moment :).
So much wisdom, love and positive energy in so few words. You inspired me today……thank you!
Very well written👍❤! Your true life begins when you listen to your own instincts.