For someone like me who has been clueless many times in life, this is for me! Now, I’ve known about this rule of success for years. It just seems that it every so often I need to be reminded about it and this time is good as any, especially since I am looking to change some things up in my life lately that I know I have to do.
Lately some of the best lessons have been coming from our new dog Kirby. He’s not that new as we got him in June of 2016. He has brought so much love and happiness into our home that could not have been found without him. Now we do have happiness and love in our family – but Kirby has brought that out so much since he’s been in our lives. His undying love for the four of us has been amazing. His energy has been crazy at times – but it has shown me about having energy or a better outlook for life, just like he does! We are his whole world and he loves us no matter what. I need to have that for people too, especially my family!!
If I’m talking about lessons, I must mention books. I got back to reading some books this past year and I got to tell you, I can’t believe I stopped reading them from years ago. They have helped me grow tremendously so much so that I need to keep reading now since I’ve seen the growth that comes with it. Reading has opened up doors for me to new opportunities, new idea, new things that I get to go after in my life. Crazy to see how much reading a book can help in my life and it can do the same for you. I will be updating my book list for sure on my website.
Being a teacher, I have to tell you that I am amazed as to how much of a student I am becoming again. With 28 years of teaching under my belt, all I can see is that it’s about time I recognize that fact. Don’t get me wrong, this is a lesson that I’ve had many times before, it’s just this time I think it means a little more to me.
Another lesson came to me today. I was visiting my parents after I took my wife to the airport where she was traveling to visit a good & longtime friend for a few days. After a great visit and some lunch, I went with them to visit one of their best friends who is in an assisted living center as she is fighting Alzheimer’s Disease. She was around when I was born, in fact my parents knew her and her husband (who recently passed away) before my parents were married more than 52 years ago. It was an amazing visit. To see both my mom and her friend light up when they saw each other, was truly amazing. Her friend still has that amazing positive attitude and that wonderful laugh. To see her after all these years since I last saw her, was a true blessing. To bear witness to my parent’s friendship with her – especially my mom – the lessons I learned today, and they were many, were pure gold.
So, please look around you all the time for those lessons are being thrown around like the sunshine and winds during the day. They are always there. We simply need to pick them up and use them in our lives. I think we both can agree – we sure do need them. Got any lessons to share? Please do, like I said, we all need them.