Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Back in Time

What would my 41 (almost 42) year old self like to say to my 20 year old self?
  • Don't spend so much time at work--go home & be with your family
  • Not everybody is thinking about you--don't take everything so personally
  • Develop a better exercise plan now--you'll develop a pattern of health that you can stick with instead of yo-yoing back & forth with your weight
  • Credit cards are not an opportunity to spend just because they have a high credit limit and no, the minimum payment won't pay things off
  • Buy stock in Apple and Disney.
  • Have the hard conversations with people early in the conflict process. Waiting months (or years) won't make it better on its own--it really just makes it worse.
  • Assume the best about people and not the worst--don't be stupid with your trust in others, but give them a chance.
  • You don't have all the answers so stop acting like you do. Be humble enough to listen to people with different & more experience. Not everything they share with you will be "gold" but you'll gain enough to be a better person if you pay attention.
  • Don't pass up opportunities to show kindness to people--those close to you & those who can't do anything for you. You'll feel better about it and so will they.
  • Do the right thing as a parent when your children are young & you won't have to work so hard to correct your mistakes when they are older.
  • Make room for God in your daily life & don't just keep Him for the weekends. You'll find much more satisfaction in your relationship this way.
  • Don't be such a jerk when people disagree with you. It's a really unattractive quality.
  • Protect your mind. You might think it doesn't matter, but it will later lead to actions you will regret if you don't.

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