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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Lessons From My Twenties

Normally as one year comes to a close and another begins, I like to look back and think about the life lessons I learned that year.  This year I asked myself, “Why stop at just one year?”  So, now I bring to you…
Lessons from my Twenties
·        Sometimes life doesn't turn out the way you expect it to, and that's alright because sometimes God's plan is better than anything you could have imagined.
·        You have to risk making mistakes if you are ever going to improve.
·        You’re beautiful, inside and out.  Maybe you’ll never be on the cover of a magazine, but you’re more beautiful than you know.
·        Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness.  It is a sign of strength and maturity.
·        Don’t apologize for who you are.  Let all the special, unique, and strange qualities shine through.
·        Stand up for yourself.  Don’t let people walk all over you or treat you badly.  You deserve better than that.
·        Numbers on the scale or on tags of clothing do not define you.
·        People are always watching and listening.  Show them what you’re made of.
·        Whenever possible, say something nice about someone behind their back.  Then make sure to tell them that compliment to their face.
·        It’s easy to get sucked into negative thinking, complaining, and gossiping, especially when everyone else is doing it.  Positive thinking is a choice, but it does become easier the more you do it.
·        Yes, there is such a thing as a stupid question, but don’t be afraid to ask it.
·        When someone is grieving or going through a really horrible situation, don’t try to give them advice or to fix things.  Instead, truly listen, pray for them, and be present.  Then, when everyone else has gone back to their own lives and forgotten about the horrible situation, continue to offer support for that struggling friend.
·        The biggest times of growth in your life stem from the biggest struggles in your life.  Just have an open mind to the lessons God might bring out of those dark times.
·        You’re stronger than you think you are.

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