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Most people don't get 5through life without a few lessons , and for me, having others share theirs is one of the most incredible gifts I can receive.
Even if I don't agree with their statements or actions, I often find out new things about myself and what I want out of life (and don't want) as a result of these conversations.
Of course, I have my own daily trip-ups, hang-ups, and stumbles to learn from as well. Here, I share the list I wrote for myself detailing the lessons (that make for happiness) I have learned thus far.
You aren't supposed to get through life without scuffing your knees, breaking your heart, or taking a wrong turn. Lessons and sorrows are the shadings in the overall painting.
People who cannot communicate effectively, clearly, and respectfully tend to live very difficult lives.
Taking pride in your work, reputation, value system and appearance is a great way to get to where you want to go much faster.
Your value does not shrink or expand in relation to how much emotion, time, or money someone else is willing to spend on you.
Rage, entitlement, and arrogance may help you break down a wall, but compassion, good manners, and a calm demeanor are the keys to getting through the door and being welcomed on the other side.
You can miss something, and still not want it back.
You need trust, mutual respect, and understanding to make a relationship work.
When it's over, you'll wish you put down that phone and paid closer attention and you won't care about those petty arguments.
This is why you have your very own body, mind, and soul.
Every day we make a choice to go out and play or stare at a wall where the past is hanging.
Sincere apologies mean something. Those friendships without them mean nothing.
Aside from your actions and reactions, you can't control it, whatever it is.
Those who love you care when they hurt you, even when they didn't mean to.
You're much smarter, stronger, and more capable than you think — and much less invincible.
Every person on this earth is a human being and all human beings were created equal, so don't look up and don't look down.
No one is living a perfect life, they just have perfect moments like you and me. Everyone has problems.
Don't bother with people for whom decency/kindness/honesty is something they have to "work on."
Some obligations, disappointments, and heartaches are just blessings with the wrong name.
You have to put in the work to make your dreams come true.
You are not responsible for the things your parents did or did not say to you, do for you, or teach you. You are, however, responsible for everything you say, do, and show others. Drunk or sober, angry or joyful, sincere or not.
It's about being intelligent, honest, kind, self-respecting, decent, and drop-dead smart. That's gorgeous.
If someone gives you anxiety, excuses, a reason not to believe him/her, or anything that requires a prescription, they need to be out of your life.
Having a healthy, happy, and loving relationship (with yourself and then someone else) is.
You're an intelligent, compassionate, and professional woman. Carry yourself like one and surround yourself with women who think catty is best reserved for Lindsay Lohan movies.
When it comes to your relationships, spend more time than money, give more compliments than criticisms, and for goodness' sake, flash your manners.
Just because they say it, or you think it, doesn't make it true.
Men who have six packs and great biceps often sustain themselves on a diet consisting of chicken and eggs and will choose the gym over date night with you. Remember that.
Spend it working to become a baller. He or she who dates someone for money should not be surprised when they treat them poorly. How do you treat that sweater you bought three years ago?
If you have it with someone who has not shown you respect, told you they love you, or wanted to date you before having it, it's not a good idea to expect the act alone to change the status quo.
This upgrades everything in your life from your relationships to your mental stability.
Just because you rationalize it doesn't make it right, and just because you want him doesn't make him right for you.
Change your actions, reactions, and the way you put yourself out there and you'll change the way the world responds to you.
When you say "I Love You," you are taking responsibility for your actions and suggesting you will care about another person and their feelings. If they love you like they love hot dogs and songs on their playlist, that's not going to do much for you long-term.
Happiness may not always be as easy as making a choice to be happy, but we always have a choice as to how to filter situations we find ourselves in. Is it proof the universe hates us or is it just life?
The world is moving and days are passing. This can be seen as time passing us by or an ever-present opportunity to experience something new, make amends, step in a new direction, reach out, and show gratitude. Just remember that everything you want is out there and everything you need to achieve it is inside of you.
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