Life Lessons I’ve Learned, Picked Up, and Adopted

We’ve all received sage advice, picked up valuable lessons or learned something through our trials and errors. The following is a list of some of mine. There are others that pertain to ranch life, which I’ll save for another day, but these were ones that came to mind right away. What are some of yours?

  • ALWAYS offer your help when you’re a guest
  • Spending time in nature has a calming effect
  • Talk and text later; drive now
  • When all else fails, go for a walk to clear the mind and breakthroughs will likely happen
  • If you do your best, nothing else matters
  • Give people more than they expect
  • Grades don’t tell a person how good of a student you are
  • Savor some quiet each day to get your bearings
  • If you don’t have time to do it right the first time, will you have time to do it over?
  • Admitting when your wrong and when you’ve made a mistake goes a long way as well as apologizing first
  • Remain humble and modest and you will be liked: arrogance and self-centeredness is a turnoff
  • Look people in the eye, smile, and give them a firm handshake
  • Never assume anything. Find out for yourself about an issue and also give people the benefit of the doubt first
  • Make your own judgments; don’t accept others’ judgments about someone
  • Be willing to give second chances; you may need the same sometime
  • Send handwritten thank you notes; they leave a bigger impression
  • Be as low maintenance to others as possible
  • Under-promise and over-deliver
  • There will always be someone wealthier, prettier, (fill in the blank) than you and someone poorer, not as smart, (fill in the blank) as you.
  • Smile and be first in saying a warm greeting to the clerk, checkout person, etc.
  • People, events, and things enter your life for a reason; pay attention to them and the messages they carry for you
  • Always bring a sweatshirt just in case
  • If it was meant to be it will happen
  • You have a choice about what you put in your mind—once its there, it’ll always be there
  • Have courage, be brave, and believe in yourself and others will see the same in you
  • God will take care of you, no matter what happens
  • Things happen to you for reasons that you may not understand right away
  • Kindness is effortless; anger takes work
  • Remember that wherever you go and whatever you do, you represent yourself, your family, your community, and your country
  • If you’re worrying, you should be praying also
  • Things are never as bad as they seem the next day
  • How you live, spend your money, and spend your time are your religion
  • Nobody remembers how fast you did a job, but they will remember how well you did it.
  • Everything you do is creating some kind of memory (good or bad)
  • Sometimes the worst teachers make the best motivators to be better
  • There’s always something positive in every bad situation; look for that positive thing

2 responses to “Life Lessons I’ve Learned, Picked Up, and Adopted”

  1. Robyn Avatar

    Many great pieces of wisdom. Thanks for the reminder, Amy! Hope things are going well for you.

  2. Pj Tomer Avatar
    Pj Tomer

    Hope you and family are doing well tonight with the Myrtle fire out of control, Good luck to you and yours.

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