Life Lessons Can Teach Us So Much
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Life lessons are offered by almost every experience that we have. Some of these lessons are small, or act as a reminder or ‘review,’ and others can be huge and life changing. Like with any lessons though, we will only benefit if we have an open heart and mind, and are willing to learn and grow.
Without the willingness to learn from our difficult experiences in life, instead of the valuable life lessons that these experiences should be, they can become obstacles, and sources of pain and bitterness.
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Learning to trust again
when we have been disappointed, betrayed, or somehow let down by people or circumstances in our lives can be hard to do, but it is vital for our happiness and wellbeing. When we are afraid to trust, we shut ourselves off from life in an attempt to protect ourselves from further pain, and in doing so, we also close out all the wonderful things that life has to offer.
Some of our greatest learning opportunities come from our most painful experiences. One thing that has taught me a great deal in my life so far is depression. Undoubtedly, most of us would not choose these tough teachers, but it seems that the teachers choose us. The choice that we have is whether to learn and grow from these lessons, or to resist and struggle.
Embracing the learning in a situation gives a positive aspect to the worst that can happen in our lives. Fighting against the situation only increases the unhappiness it causes us.
Wisdom quotes can help us to understand and appreciate that much wisdom comes from our own inner guidance, and from looking with an open and questioning mind at the world around us.
Some great life quotes encourage us to fully embrace the present moment, some motivate us to keep dreaming, daring, and believing, and others help us to understand and remember what is truly important.
I like the old saying that if life gives you lemons, make lemonade. If this is your approach to difficulties, you may even begin to welcome the lemons- lemonade is delicious! The more lemons you get, the more lemonade you can make, and the better you will get at making it. You will be able to share it with your friends, and sell some of the delicious lemonade that you have learned to produce from the practice all your ‘life lemons’ have given you.
While it is certainly easier said than done to focus on the learning rather than the pain in tough times, it is worth the effort to try. Wallowing in the pain will not make you feel any better- probably worse if anything!
A few of the biggest truths that I have learned from both the good and bad experiences in my life, as well as my lifelong passion for reading and study of human behavior are these:
• Nothing is ever ‘
as good as it gets
• You tend to get what you
• There is
always a choice
• There is
always a way
• You move in the direction you are looking, so look where you want to go.
• Through the struggle we can often reach places, both in our external reality and also in our personal growth, that we might never have even contemplated if we were simply cruising along comfortably.
• Despite all obstacles, it is an amazing world.
• The joy of singing is enough reason to sing.
• Gratitude is a choice.
• Whatever our physical surroundings, we can create our own sense of space.
• Your past determines your present, but you determine your future.
• You can choose to be happy. For some more inspiration on choosing happiness (at any age!), check out
Make a decision now to take all the seemingly random good and bad events of your life, and craft them into your own curriculum of life lessons. It is the most valuable education you will ever get!
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