I got an idea to ask this question and we could perhaps continuously update the lessons we learn as we go. This might create an interesting list of lessons over time. It would be great if you would post yours and update them as you learn new ones.
• "Tomorrow always appear more promising than today" - So often we postpone things and say - I'll do it tomorrow. Tomorrow I'll start anew,... make a big change,... one more cigarette then I quit for good. But when tomorrow becomes today, we shift our focus and postpone again.
• "You can't outrun your poor lifestyle" - You can burn approximately 500 calories in an hour of doing cardio, but, there's is more calories than that in a Happy Meal.
• "Where there are lovers, there are haters too" - Opinions, opinions. Everyone got one. And sometimes we are so scared to go through trial and error of our personal experience that we search for "safe and secure" ways in opinions of others. We make ourselves prisoners to opinions of other people.
The thing I've remembered about life is that there are no strict lessons to learn. There isn't a karmic debt to pay and there aren't really any obstacles which are disguised as lesson tools. It's not about going from one life to the next and just accumulating this life knowledge through hard painful and unknown pilgrimages.
I'd rather smoke cigarettes and eat Happy Meals every day than adopt that mindset :)
If life were merely just to serve the purpose of being some sort of school, then what happens when you finally graduate and master all of this wisdom? I have heard that, when you get there (be it enlightenment or whatever), the next big thing is to make it happen for others. Let's theoretically say even that were to happen....Then what?
Ah, yes, now what?!
Well...Now it's just about having fun and living life, or your next life times, in a state of bliss! You cannot stop living, just as you cannot imagine not having a consciousness. You see now how this lesson stuff is just a silly theory of learning just for the sake in order for one to give permission to enjoy themselves?
The philosophy of just having fun is my own conclusion to how I'm going to live, formed from an amalgum of things I've "learned" this lifetime. I cannot accept that 'school of life' concept at all because of it's lack of common sense. If you look at little children you'll be seeing nothing but pure joy and happiness, free of ego.
It's often stated by Taoists that there are very few differences between children and the enlightened...Something to ponder?
answered 10 Jul '12, 05:33
Life has taught me so much. I have made a lot of mistakes, but those mistakes have taught me well. Here are some of the things I have learned:
1.) Count on yourself. In the end, we are all responsible for our own stuff. It may stink, but it is true. So watch your actions, watch for anything that may rebound on you.
2.) You cannot love anyone else until you love yourself. It may sound selfish, but it is a truth- “Love you neighbor as yourself” is how it goes in the Bible. It is not putting yourself first- rather it is caring for yourself just so you can be of service to others.
3.) Money is nice, it is NOT supposed to be the center of our lives. Money is a nice tool, and helps a lot, but can go in a blink of an eye.
4.) I need to believe in God to be happy. It just doesn't go well for me when I forget that God is there; in fact, He is ready and willing to help me along the right path.
5.) Be happy. Try as hard as you can to be a happy person. It sometimes is very hard, but it pays dividends...you will see!
6.) Keep a folded $20 bill in your wallet for emergencies only. BTW, a pack of smokes, a drink at the bar, a cool bargain are not emergencies! :)
7.) Plant at least one tree in your life. You do this for the people of the future and not for yourself. Every time we celebrated a birth at our house or in our family, we planted an evergreen. It's a really nice idea I got from a very special lady that I loved very much...she died some years ago, and I still miss her.
8.) Take care of your teeth...Believe me, partials and dentures really suck!
9.) Laugh often. Laughter is really the best medicine!
answered 10 Jul '12, 22:34
I've learned so much hanging around here. What I have been learning is setting me free from limiting mind-sets and has brought me up from daily struggle with debilitating depression, to I can't even find the tissues - I honestly can't remember the last time I cried. :)
So thank you for asking the question, @CalonLan, great idea to have a cheat-sheet to remember and keep all our treasures near at hand.
I just learned, that I live up to the expectations and the vision people have of me. Or rather, that it is easier to come up higher if being up higher is what the people around you see for you.
It is one of the many reasons IQ is such an empowering place. :)
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