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