Life Lessons (aka Things They Don’t Tell You in School)

Here’s a piece I wrote as part of a women’s writing circle in 2011. The theme of this entry was ‘Life Lessons,’ and revisiting my list seems like a good way to kick off the new year.

Life Lessons (aka Things They Don’t Tell You in School)

  1. Wishes do come true, but rarely how you expect them to. Which is to say, be careful what you wish for – you might get it (when you least expect it).
  2. It is much harder to have compassion for people than to dislike them, but it’s also much more rewarding.
  3. Words create (your) reality, so weigh them carefully.
  4. Dominating a relationship can destroy it, but making yourself too small can be just as damaging.
  5. Little joys are the most wonderful. The soft glow of a candle, a shared smile on the street, or the smell of fresh cilantro.
  6. Everyone you meet can teach you something, if you listen carefully enough.
  7. Being powerful doesn’t make you strong; being strong doesn’t make you powerful.
  8. Budget your money, and balance your time.
  9. Take the stairs. You might not be able to someday and you’ll wish you’d taken advantage while you could.
  10. Don’t be afraid to say “yes.”
  11. Don’t be afraid to say “no.”
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