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’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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