…or so we hope. In our, ahem…“maturing” process of gaining wisdom, sooner or later we will come to appreciate that some of life’s lessons can only be learned by walking, living, and experiencing our individual and personal journey in life.
During a recent time of reflection a particular lesson came to mind, one that has had a profound impact on my life and through the changes in me, has influenced the lives of those closest to me.
This lesson has a connection with the “Serenity Prayer,” which in its best-known form is:
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
About ten years ago during a period of personal challenge (divorce), this prayer proved to be more than a lesson; it was a source of strength, guidance, and there is a high probability it aided in my ability to retain some sense of sanity in a world that, at times was a blur.
When starting each day, I made an effort to view everything from a positive viewpoint. I took control of those things that affected my life, and understood I may encounter situations beyond my control. I found the wisdom gained from this lesson to be liberating; a rebirth of sorts and a feeling of newfound freedom.
Some of the personal philosophies I adopted and have helped me remain positive in what can sometimes be a negative world are:
1) Don’t cry over spilled milk, wipe it up and pour yourself another cup.
2) Don’t sweat the petty stuff, and really…in the grand scheme of things…it is all petty.
3) Live for today while planning for the future.
4) Make sure the ones you love…know it!
5) When life gives you a hundred reasons to cry, show life that you have a thousand reasons to laugh.
6) Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh uncontrollably, and never regret anything that made you smile.
Go ahead and adopt a few for yourself. I am happy to share!
You can’t have a positive life with a negative mind