What I Have Learned…Recently

The road to hell is paved with “good intentions”. 

My dad used to say that whenever I would say something like…”I intended to mow the lawn”.  Perhaps your dad did too.

Anyway, I intended to post a “what I have learned” every month this year.  But, well see above comment…

However, I still will be posting a “what I have learned” often enough…because I am always trying to learn more and more.

So, “what have I learned lately”?

  1. I learned that it is okay to “quit”.  We have been told all of our lives that we should not quit.  Don’t be a quitter.  Quitters never win.  It is a sign of weakness. Not so.  Example…the pope.   Pope Benedict to be specific.  Now there may be “conspiracy enthusiasts” out there believing there were other reason he quit.  But on the surface he quit because he was “tired”.  Simple.  No shame.  No questions.  No sign of weakness.  As a matter of fact, I applaud him for being a bigger person and saying that he should step aside so someone else can provide the position the right amount of energy it needs.  Well played Ben.
  2. I learned that it feels good to smile.  Go ahead.  Try it.  I have.  Something changes.  Inside.  Mentally.  You feel good.  Feel a little better.  Recently we were in NYC with family.  Had a wonderful time.  Love.  Laugh.  Smiles.  Beautiful memories.  But I noticed that not many people were smiling.  Texting? Yes.  On their cell phones?  Yes.  In a hurry?  Yep.  Smiles?  Absent.  NYC is an amazing vibrant place.  Moving and grooving…so to speak.  Why not smile?  Pressure?  We all got it.  Stress?  Yeah I  feel that and I am sure you do too.  But a smile, “a frown turned around”, can be a game changer.  You will feel it, and so will others.  So give it a “go”.  People will notice and so will you.
  3. You are in charge of your own happiness.  A good friend of mine, Nick, used to say, “You were in charge of your own fun”.  How true.  I took it a little further and substituted “Happiness”.  Jobs come and go.  Today’s emergency is usually meaningless tomorrow.  Relationships can even feel the ebb and flow of the tide.  But you can elevate yourself and your happiness, yourself.  Take the time to reflect.  Smile (see above). Refresh yourself.  Think about what is important in your life.  Who is important in your life.  Be “in charge”…of your happiness.  Put material stuff aside.  And you will probably feel better and thank me later.

So, another month has been wiped off of the calendar and I learned a few more things.  That, my friends, is a good thing.

Learning.  Growing.  Living.

Oh, yeah, don’t forget about Being Happy and Smiling too!!  Enjoy life.  I am having a good time!

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