Dear Reader, in my 67 year life, I have been blessed with a 47 year marriage, three successful and healthy sons and three beautiful daughters-in-law and six grandchildren.
I’ve been a corporate CEO, a radio personality, a newspaper columnist, a real estate investor, a peace activist and have done extensive public work, including buying meals for the homeless. Today I offer you 7 Valuable Lessons I have learned from my life’s experience:
1) There is no such thing as a person who is bitter and happy. Don’t allow bitterness to grip you. Forgive everyone everything and do it as quickly as your heart will allow. Carrying resentments and seeking revenge will only hurt you.
2) Don’t ever be insensitive to the suffering of others. We as mankind are taking this journey of life together and what happens to your brethren will eventually affect you. You may not see what is happening elsewhere but the information is readily available to you and in the names of compassion and of Karma, offer others a helping hand.
3) Love is your most valuable asset. People often take love for granted without realizing it is the foundation of their happiness and their reason for being. Without love, life becomes meaningless, devoid of joy and purpose. You and I live in a world that desperately seeks love yet never offers it in sufficient amounts. Open your heart to others and you will begin to uplift the world, one person at a time.
4) Honor your commitments but do not expect others to necessarily honor theirs. Instead, understand what they seek and where you see merit, do your best to help them achieve their goals. If you do, most people will honor their commitments to you and in the process they will help you to achieve your goals
5) Good health is often taken for granted, yet once it is lost, it is very hard to regain. Treat your health as the crown jewel it is. If you do, instead of spending time with doctors and in hospitals or other medical facilities, you are likely to be relatively pain free and able to pursue the meaningful elements in your life, those that capture your heart.
6) Eat food that his healthy for you. Instead of fast food or other food laden in fats, artificial sweeteners, preservatives, cholesterol and salt. Read the labels and eat wisely. Base your diet on fruits and vegetables, grains and nuts. I became a vegetarian at the age of 56 and have never felt better.
Remember, animals like people are beings and they too give birth and have thoughts and feelings. A slaughter house is an animal Auschwitz, which is why slaughter houses, blood and guts and fearful animals about to be killed are not shown to the public. It is also why we have E coli and other rancid animal based diseases.
7) Seek a quality life now. Make the most of every day you have and don’t fall into the trap so many people do of either “waiting for the weekend,” or becoming a workaholic in which time disappears without you realizing it.
Instead, greet each day for the treasure it is and find ways to bring joy into your life and into the lives of others. Literally smell the roses, absorb great works of art, challenge your mind and laugh with others as often as possible. And keep a supply of hugs handy at all times, as you become wealthy at heart, which is the greatest of all riches.