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Thursday, February 24, 2011

20 Great Life Shortcuts

Wouldn't it be great if we had a few life-shortcuts? Wouldn't it be great if we could learn a few methods to avoid heartache and pain or to get things done faster and better? Wouldn't it be great if people who know more because they have experienced more would tell us what to do?
Guess what? This advice is all around us. All we need to do is open our ears and our eyes to hear what tradition and those who have gone before us have said. Here are 20 of my favorites. (Now, if I could just use them consistently!)
  1. A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
  2. Pay yourself first.
  3. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
  4. Tomorrow never comes.
  5. If not now, when?
  6. Life happens.
  7. It is what it is.
  8. Everything has a way of working out in the end.
  9. God doesn't make junk.
  10. All things are difficult before they are easy. (Thomas Fuller)
  11. No good deed goes unpunished. (Oscar Wilde)
  12. You can't have your cake and eat it, too.
  13. The day will happen whether or not you get up. (John Ciardi)
  14. Never confuse thoughtlessness with malice. (Robert Charles Whitehead)
  15. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  16. Dig the well before you are thirsty.
  17. Sometimes the best way to hold onto something is to let it go.
  18. Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer, but wish we didn't. (Erica Jong)
  19. When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us. (Alexander Graham Bell)
  20. Most of the shadows of life are caused by standing in one's own sunshine. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

1 comment:

  1. This is a great list! We could add to it every day too, with little wise words we hear around us. Thank you for sharing.