Today this cute little baby turns 51.
Yes, today is my birthday. I am more than half a century old. That could really be depressing!
But I am trying to look on the positive side of things. That whole older and wiser thing.
You would hope that after 50 years a person would have learned a thing or two. Maybe just a little bit smarter, a little bit wiser.
So today, in celebration of my birthday, I thought I would share with you some of the wisdom I have learned over the last 51 years.
So here they are, in no particular order….
Life is not fair. My children have heard me say this so many times they have threatened to have it put on my headstone. But it’s true – life isn’t fair. Life is what it is and you just need to embrace it and make the best of it.
You always have a choice. We may not always choose what happens to us in life but we can always choose how we react to things – that is always a choice!
Kill them with Kindness. Not only have I used this one with my children many times when they have come home with their feelings hurt or mad at a friend but I have employed it myself many times. It really does work.
Do it First, Do it Now. This line was one I liked to use in regards to homework. Just get it done. Don’t put things off because when you wait until the last minute there is always something better or more fun that comes up that you can’t do because you didn’t get your work done first!!
The only person you can change is yourself. This is so true – whether it is a friend, a boss or a spouse. You can’t change people. You can only change yourself. Really, don’t even try.
Nothing good ever happens after twelve o’clock at night. My kids heard this a lot. Especially when they complained that ALL their friends had later curfews then they did.
Just Ask! So many wonderful and amazing things have happened to me in my life just because I asked.
Keep Calm and Carry on. This is a constant, daily chant of mine.
Choose your Battles. If you are a parent you will understand this one. When I was a new parent, a very wise, “older” man gave me this advice. You can’t make everything a battle, especially when it comes to teenagers. Choose wisely.
There is always something to be glad about! Pollyanna taught me this lesson. No matter how bad things are, things could always be worse!
It doesn’t get any easier, it just gets different. I always thought when my children were young that life would be so much easier when they were older. Guess what, I was wrong. It’s not easier, it’s just different.
Do the right thing. Wouldn’t the world be a much better place if everyone just did the right thing?
Is it kind? Is it necessary? Before you speak or do, ask yourself this question.
Sometimes it is easier to ask forgiveness than permission. So I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve had to ask forgiveness……
It’s all in the presentation. You can get just about anything you want if you just ask the right way 🙂
Another person’s behavior is never an excuse. “It’s his fault!” Heard that one a time or two? If we all just took responsibility for ourselves and quiet blaming everything and everyone else for our problems we’d all be a lot better off.
We’re not talking about them, we’re talking about you! I say this all the time when my kids bring up someone else that has done the same thing that they are getting in trouble for.
So there you have it – a little wisdom from this old lady.
These are just a few of the life lessons I have learned in the last 51 years. Just hang around and I may have few more to share in another 50 years!
How about a little birthday gift to me? Leave me a comment and share a life lesson you have learned or just say Happy Birthday. Sometimes the best gift you can give a blogger is a comment.