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Call it Hindsight or Life Experience - 10 Things I Know Now That I Wish I'd Known Then

Updated on September 18, 2012

'The years teach much which the days never knew'. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life seemed simple as a child

It is humorous what you believe as a child

When I was six years old I contracted the measles. My Mum did as any concerned Mum would do in that day, and confined me to bed in a darkened room and insisted I wear dark sunglasses. One day I got bored and got up to peek out through the curtains and Mum caught me and swept into the room. 'Don't!' she screamed. 'You'll go blind!' I got the shock of my life and was terrified I'd lose my sight.

As children, many of my friends and I believed that if you swallowed fruit seeds, a fruit tree could grow up inside of you. One day when I was eating cherries I accidently swallowed a seed. I had visions of branches growing out of my ears.

Ready to ride into the future

Time can teach us much

As the years pass, perspective comes. Hopefully we take the time to observe and reflect on the events of our life; and draw from and embrace the wisdom, experience gained and truths that the seasons of life teach us.

10 things I know now

* Take each day as it comes. Living with only the big events of life in view can cause us to be racing and wishing precious days of our life away. Treasure and the 'romance in life' can be found hidden in the ordinary, routine, seemingly non-event 'stuff of life' kind of days, believe it or not.

* There are many seasons in life. Seasons come and seasons go. Why fight the season? Better to embrace the season and draw all you can from it and choose to enjoy the season you are in.

* Storms and challenges come to everyone in life. Storms also pass. A key to weathering a storm is simply to hold your course and stand your ground. Calm will come in time.

* Confidence, experience and wisdom can't be bought in a packet or gained overnight. They are acquired by embracing life and taking on life's challenges, not avoiding or running from them.

* Attitude can make all the difference as to how you experience life. With a great attitude and outlook on life - life can work well for you. Difficulties that one encounters in life can become opportunities to grow, learn and succeed...with a good attitude.

* It is often not the most talented, beautiful, popular or wealthy who succeed but rather those who are passionate, diligent, determined, and persistent. Those who will not take 'no' for an answer and press on, will most often, eventually, 'win' in life.

* Real relationships are one of the best investments we can make in life. They touch us and enrich us at the core of who we are. You can trust your true friends and family to celebrate with you in good times and support and encourage in times of need.

* A great sense of humour is one of your greatest assets in life. An ancient Proverb says, 'Laughter and happiness in your heart even makes your face look great'. Laughter can diffuse the most intense situation and bring perspective. Laughter does you good.

* Developing faith in your life - in yourself, in others, in life and in God builds incredible strength and stability into your life.

* Life is best lived in the present and with thankfulness. It's a decision to live 'present' in the moment and to be grateful for the moment. I have found this to be a wonderful key to celebrating and enjoying life...more.


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      Marion Drury 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Thanks so much for your encouragement.

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      Derby Deals 5 years ago from Jeffersonville, Indiana

      Interesting and thoughtful. I enjoyed your article.

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      Great ideas and advice. Thanks for sharing you wisdom and knowledge with us. Voted up!