COMMENTARY: 12 HARD-WON LIFE CHANGING INSIGHTS

Perhaps the only major advantage of getting older is the prospect of getting wiser. I think I’ve learned a great many things over the years but here are a dozen of my most treasured insights.

  1. I am still a work in process; that as long as I can think I can learn.
  2. I still have a lot to learn but if I keep learning I will get better; and the better I get, the happier I will be.
  3. Trying to be a good person doesn’t get any easier and that being a good person often requires me to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.
  4. Kindness is more important than cleverness and that carrying grudges is foolish and self-defeating.
  5. My dad was right when he told me, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” and that tenacity is more important to success than talent.
  6. Pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional and that I have a lot to say about my own happiness.
  7. A life focused on fun and pleasure rarely leads to happiness or fulfillment.
  8. In my personal relationships and in the workplace I’ve got to set limits because whatever I allow, I encourage.
  9. The things I like to do least are often the things that need to be done most.
  10. It’s easy to fall into self-righteousness and that neither the intensity of my feelings nor the certainty of my convictions is any assurance that I’m right.
  11. Unless I translate my thoughts into actions, my great ideas and good intentions are like unlit candles.
  12. I cannot lie myself out of a problem and that the problems I ignore don’t go away, they just grow bigger.

 

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  1. I´ve learnt that religion will make you firm as a rock and that you will live fearless even for death because life doesn´t end.

  2. Wisdom for (and from) the ages:

    I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn but if I keep learning I will get better; and the better I get, the happier I will be. (Proverbs 2, 1-10)

    I’ve learned that trying to be a good person doesn’t get any easier and that being a good person often requires me to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay. (1 Peter: 13-14)

    I’ve learned that kindness is more important than cleverness (Colossians 3:12) and that carrying grudges is foolish and self-defeating. (Colossians 3:13)

    I’ve learned that my dad was right when he told me, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” and that tenacity is more important to success than talent. (Proverbs 14:23)

    I’ve learned that pain is inevitable, but suffering is optional and that I have a lot to say about my own happiness. (Romans 5:3-4)

    I’ve learned that a life focused on fun and pleasure rarely leads to happiness or fulfillment. (Ecclesiastes 2)

    I’ve learned that in my personal relationships and in the workplace I’ve got to set limits because whatever I allow, I encourage. (1 Kings 11:1-8)

    I’ve learned that the things I like to do least are often the things that need to be done most. (Matthew 23:23)

    I’ve learned that it’s easy to fall into self-righteousness and that neither the intensity of my feelings nor the certainty of my convictions is any assurance that I’m right. (Proverbs 14:12)

    I’ve learned that unless I translate my thoughts into actions, my great ideas and good intentions are like unlit candles. (James 2:14-19)

    I’ve learned that I cannot lie myself out of a problem and that the problems I ignore don’t go away, they just grow bigger (6th commandment; See David/Bathsheba story from 2 Samuel 11)

    dd

  3. I’m so happy to be reconnected to you! Some months ago, you wrote that that was the last newsletter, & i resigned myself to living without your inspiration…And suddenly, you’re back! G-d wants you here, doing all this stuff! And of course, so do we!

    Happy Birthday Michael–sorry it’s a month late, but I only saw it tonight–

    I met you once, & you encouraged me to get involved in your organization…I’ll be inquiring..

    Thank you so much, Happy Birthday again (you don’t look or act 73–keep it up!), & Happy New Year!

    Love to you, your family, & your organization–

    Sharon Levine
    Los Angeles, CA

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