When I was in high school in Iowa I worked a number of part-time jobs, mostly in retail. Back then, I figured the primary benefit of those jobs was not the paycheck.
The primary benefit was that I would learn something – about life, about other people, about myself. I figured as long as I kept my mind open to learning a lesson larger than the tasks required for the job, then I was meeting my goal.
When I moved to New Jersey 13 years ago, I took that same perspective: Stay open to what life’s experiences have to teach you. I thought I’d share 13 things I have learned while living here.
Sometimes when you really need a friend, all you have to do is ask.
People who try to make you defensive can be best dealt with by a good offense.
For me, learning happens best through talking and listening to people with different backgrounds.
Some people show amazing grace in the face of devastating adversity.
Lighter than air flight is awesome.
No matter what happens to us, the only workable choice is to keep moving forward.
Focusing on the past means the future will only be more of the same.
We can set boundaries on acceptable behavior.
We are our most caring when we can hear our words as others hear them.
What’s most important about all of these lessons is that most likely I would have learned all of them living some place else. I didn’t learn them because of where I lived, I learned them because of how I lived. When we take the blinders off from around our eyes and from around our heart and allow ourselves to see life as it really is, and to experience all the joy and all the pain that comes our way, then we are living an honest, open and true life.
Life Is Honest, Open and True
When we are open to adventures and embrace life’s lessons as they present themselves, we experience the full promise of the life we are meant to live.
What about you? What have you learned living in the place you live now that has shaped your daily life? Is it different from what you might have learned living some place else? Stop by our Life is HOT blog Facebook Group and leave a comment or tweet me @LifeIsHOTBlog with the hash tag #LifeIsHOT!