These are life lessons which I learned from Dr Gordon Livingston’s books “Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart” and “And Never Stop Dancing.”
1. Life teaches us over and over that everything is connected.
2.There are losses that we are forced to live it but can never truly “accept”.
3. To be mortal is to bear the awful weight of time and fate.
4. If the map doesn’t agree with the ground, the map is wrong.
5. Life’s two most important questions are “Why?” and “Why not?”. The trick is knowing which one to ask.
6. Happiness requires an ability to tolerate uncertainty
7. As we grow old, the beauty steals inward.
8.Whether our lives are happy or sad, satisfying or not, is, in large measure, determined by what we choose to pay attention to.
9. Death is our great enemy because it mocks our illusions of control as it routinely renders us helpless.
10. We are defined by what we fear.
11. One of life’s most difficult tasks is to see ourselves as others see us.
12. Action is eloquence.
13. Forgiveness is a gift we give ourselves.
14. Nobody gets out of here alive. Whether this reality is a reason for despair or an incentive to mobilize the courage required to get up each morning is a matter of attitude. This is where we have a choice.
15. Our feelings depend mainly on our interpretation of what is happening to us and around us.
16. The problem with living in the past is that it inhibits change and is therefore inherently pessimistic.
17. Understanding who we are depends on paying attention to the history of our lives.
18. To be able to laugh at ourselves is to acknowledge the ultimate futility of our efforts to stave off the depredations of time.
19. Our constant challenge is not to seek perfection in ourselves and others, but to find ways to be happy in an imperfect world.
20. The truth may not make us free, but to lie ourselves in the name of temporary comfort is the ultimate folly.