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Lesson #318: Patience, grasshopper.

6/3/15.

Patience is hard.

Especially when it deals with someone or something outside of yourself.

But when you are put to the test, take it.

Everything and everyone is a lesson.

Day 318.

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Lesson #268: What are you doing today?

4/15/15.

A few days ago my dad texted me this:

“Good afternoon my BEAUTIFULLLLLL Princess. What are u going to do today to make it a wonderful day? I love you.”

Isn’t he the cutest?

I know it happened a couple of days ago, and I promised to write a lesson each and every day about something that inspired me or encouraged me or made me think that very day—but this is different.

I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

How wonderful is this?

We wish people a good day, or a better day. We say good morning, or good afternoon, or good night.

But how often is it that we are actively encouraging? Not just wishing greatness upon people, but encouraging them to create greatness for themselves? Saying to them—”You can do this, and I’m right here beside you”?

I just have to take a moment to acknowledge how absolutely lucky I am to have such an incredible father in my life. He doesn’t just love me, but encourages me and believes in me too.

Can you be that for someone today?

Can you be that for yourself?

As my dad would say:

“What are you doing to make today wonderful?”

Day 268.

Lesson #267: What I learned from actually thinking I was invincible from rain

4/14/15.

1. Check the weather

2. Note the rain

3. Actually listen

4. Wear the appropriate shoes

5. Avoid regret

Lesson 267.

Lesson #266: It’s not over.

4/13/15.

Today my poetry professor walked into class and said,

“Remember how we talked about catcalling last class? On accident?”

We all nodded. Often times, we have a discussion in class that we didn’t plan on having and it’s really interesting. It stems out of what we write, or what we read.

“Well I said what I thought I had to say. But then I got in the car to go on a trip this weekend, and I was thinking about it the whole way, and I couldn’t stop talking to myself. I was just thinking: Why didn’t I say this then?

We all laughed and clapped in agreement. She told us the rest of her thoughts, and we all marveled at what she said.

This happens more times than not. The conversation ends and we move on, thinking of all the things we could have said and would have said and should have said. We think it’s over, so we silence our voices.

But today, my professor taught me a valuable lesson.

It’s not over until you say it’s over.

If you have more to add, add it. If you didn’t mean it, take it back. If you have something to say, speak up. If you think something is wrong, say it. If you think something is right, praise it.

It doesn’t matter how much time has passed. Sooner is better than later—but it’s never too late.

All it takes is saying: “Hey. Remember that one time? Well I was thinking about it, and this is what I really have to say.”

Silencing what we mean and how we feel happens in everyday conversations, in every setting. In the classroom, in our workplace, at home, with friends. We often don’t think about what we really want to say until afterwards; we’re only human. We need time to process. And as individuals, we have to take the time that we need.

Here’s the catch.

Even when we feel like it’s too late, it never is.

It’s only too late if you never say it.

Whether we’re sorry, whether we’re not sorry, whether we’re mad or angry or happy or baffled or insightful.

Say it.

It’s not over until nothing comes out.

Day 266.

Lesson #265: Invest your time.

4/12/15.

If you arent truly investing your time in it, you won’t ever get anything great out of it, and that’s the problem.

Day 265.

Lesson #264: Apologize.

4/11/15.

This lesson’s a simple one.

When you feel like you did something wrong,

apologize.

It’s a whole lot better than wondering if you did something wrong, and wondering if they are upset with you.

Whether they are, or whether they’re not,

you know in your gut when something is not right.

And that means it probably isn’t.

Put aside your pride,

and say sorry.

Day 264.

Lesson #263: Someone has to.

4/10/15.

Do it.

Someone has to.

Day 263.