I like this idea of life lessons. Sometimes it seems as though we are always learning them, at least that is how I feel more often than not whenever something is going on in my life that I trying to figure out “WHY” is this happening to me or “WHY” did this happen? If you think about the people in your life and wonder how did all of this come together that we chose them in our life or somehow our paths have crossed that they were meant to be in our life. I think that things happen in our life for us to learn from them. Obviously if we want too. Not everyone believes in this concept. Some feel that there are no coincidences that it is life as simple as that and that whatever happens; happens because it just does. Maybe because I am a counselor that I look at life a little differently and that I am always seeking answers to why and what happens in my life. I find comfort in knowing there is meaning and reasons for my problems and my personal interactions with others.
When we think of life lessons what does that mean? What are life lessons? Have you ever had one of those “a-ha” moments where everything all of the sudden just makes sense? Or maybe you have been struggling with an issue for a long time, or maybe it was a piece of advice you learned from a friend. Whatever the source of our insight, it’s these moments that bring us to a deeper understanding of our world. Thus the notion of life lessons. The reality is the better understanding we have of life, the more we live in the truth and learn life lessons. Here are examples of some common life lessons that most of live by and don’t necessarily realize or would identify them as life lessons. “When in doubt, don’t.” “Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.” “You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.” “Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is about.” “If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.” “Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.” “What other people think of you is none of your business.” “Time heals almost everything. Give time time.” “The best is yet to come.” “Live each day as if it were your last.” “To thine own self be true.”
One of my favorites is “Life it too short.” It covers everything that we experience especially when it comes to taking risks with others or anything that we want to do with our life. So many of us will stay stuck just waiting for the right day or the right moment and the reality is that day usually comes and goes. So if we do our best to live in today and to seize the moment and ask for what we want we will make a decision that will significantly change our lives because the reality is life is too short to wait for things to happen. And in the end we will feel nothing but joy and relief that we faced our fears and we can now live our life without fear of judgments and criticisms. My belief is that “all persons are truly greater than they think they are.”