Today is my Pink Mommy's 64 th birthday (wish her Happy Birthday, Pinkies!) I hate that I'm not with her today- she lives in Ohio, and I'm in California, but I sent her a Pink present she should open soon, so she knows I'm with her in spirit. Mom wrote this post for Owning Pink to share with all of you some life lesson's she has learned over the years. Give her 3 Pink Cheers (Rah! Rah! Rah!)
Today, I turn 64 years young (although yesterday my friend told me she thought I was at least ten years younger. It made my decade!). I’ve been thinking about the lessons I’ve learned from my longevity. Here’s the list I came up with. I encourage you Pinkies out there, young or old, to do the same. It’s such a Mojo-boost to realize just how rich with lessons life is.
1. Buy a house on Gratitude Street. Be grateful for what you have. Don’t bother wishing for what your neighbor has, or for the Extreme Makeover home on TV. By giving thanks for what you already own, you’ll save time, tons of money and your sanity. Learning to love what is allows joy into our lives.
2. Live purely in thoughts, words and deeds. When did being catty, snide or angry ever get you anywhere you wanted to go? It is through giving that we find true happiness.
3. Keep your home, car and environment clean. Clutter causes chaos of the soul. Creating a neat environment allows the mind to expand. Plus, cleaning is good exercise!
4. Make friends with regret. Worry and regret eat at our core, leaving us hollow and miserable. Simply put: Live with it, embrace it, then move on! Let go and surrender your regrets to God.
5. Reconcile your losses. Forgive yourself and others. This is a key to finding satisfaction in life.
6. Don’t sweat the small stuff. And don’t forget – everything is small stuff when you look at it with fresh eyes.
7. Accept yourself and others as they are. Be accepting of differences – especially when it comes to age, religion, and politics. We all have the right to believe as we wish. Agree to disagree, be respectful, and leave as friends.
8. Make as many new good memories as possible - they will erase the old bad ones. Celebrate life! Honor birthdays and anniversaries (even ones that seem insignificant). Go to festivals, fairs and fellowships! Kick up your heels and enjoy life.
9. Take exceedingly good care of your family. And remember, your family isn’t limited to your children, spouse, siblings, parents … it can be as big as you choose to make it. Prioritize people, not things. Tell them constantly how wonderful they are.
10. Eat well. In my old school was a sign that read, “You are what you eat!” I firmly believe that. Eat naturally strong-colored foods – especially green ones. They will nourish your physical body. Also, drink lots of water. We are made up of 70% water so re-supply yourself. (I don’t do this enough. Lissa is always on me for this!)
11. Keep learning. Read nonfiction books, take classes, learn a new craft, play games, try new recipes. Learn, learn, learn! The old “use it or lose it” cliché definitely applies to the mind as you age. Keep things fresh and stay inspired.
12. Take time to smell the roses. I don’t need to elaborate on this one. You know the rest.
13. Reflect on your day. Learn from your mistakes. Greet God in the morning and thank Him at night. It will give you a better night’s sleep and help you live in gratitude.
What has your life taught you, Pinkies? Whether you’ve lived two decades or nine, what valuable lessons have you learned through plunders, stumbles, mistakes, and doing the right thing? What do you do that brings meaning to your life?
“Whoever walks in integrity, walks securely.” (Proverbs 10:9)
Yours in ageless Pink wisdom,
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