Archive for January, 2011

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”Soren Kierkegaard

We all have those moments in our lives when we look back and say…”What was I thinking?” Maybe if we had just asked ourselves one question — like the one here in this video clip from the tv show “The Office,” we could have prevented some of those moments from happening. Although the advice is meant to be funny, I still think it’s some good advice.

“Wise men profit more from fools than fools from wise men; for the wise men shun the mistakes of fools, but fools do not imitate the successes of the wise.”Marcus Porcius Cato


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Are you on Facebook?

This year I decided to start a new venture — to create a page on Facebook called Life Lessons 4 U. Just got things set up last week, so it’s still a work in progress. Please stop by and check it out. Hopefully you will “Like it” and…

Become a fan of Life Lessons 4 U on Facebook

Thank you for your support!

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I believe that life is a journey, often difficult and sometimes incredibly cruel, but we are well equipped for it if only we tap into our talents and gifts and allow them to blossom. – Les Brown

We all have talents and gifts to offer to the world. Some of you may not be aware of them because it is something that just seems to come so naturally to you. My mother is a great cook, a very thoughtful, kind, and caring person, a great listener, wise, well-organized, likes to have fun, and is a just a joy to be around. She has a way of making people feel comfortable. She never speaks a bad word about anyone. She is supportive but will tell my father, brother, my daughter, and me, if she thinks we’ve said or done something wrong. She will make a pot of soup or cookies and give to her friends/family if they are sick — or for no reason at all. When one of her best friends was undergoing chemotherapy treatments she cooked meals for the woman and her family. She is one of those people that everyone likes, yet she once told me that she didn’t have any talent and that she wasn’t “good at anything.” Of course I had to correct her on that line of thinking. We can’t all be Hollywood celebrities or famous athletes, authors, musicians, chefs, writers, etc….but we can make a contribution to this world. Just say …

This little light o’ mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light o’ mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light o’ mine, I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
–written by Harry Dixon Loes (1895-1965) in about 1920

There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. –Edith Wharton

Let this year be the year that you let your light shine!

Do you need a little more inspiration? Check out these people who are letting their light shine:

Armless Pianist Liu Wei – Lost his arms in an accident at age 10. He managed to do everything with his feet and started to learn to play piano at age 19. His dream is to become a musician. He is now 22 and just won the China’s Got Talent Show on Oct. 10, 2010.

Interview with Stephanie Meyer, author of the “Twilight” saga.

Paul Potts

Lessons from My Father
“My dad, I still think, had the most beautiful, simple checklist for what you should do in life: Do something you really love that you would do it anyway. Do it in the most adventurous place you can do it. And make sure that it helps other people. And if you feel there’s a genuine need for it, and that through that need you can help other people, you’re home.” — Diane Sawyer

How are you letting your light shine? OR, How do you plan on letting your light shine this year?


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