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Common Sense Approach to Life

Updated on July 10, 2018
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Before retiring, Jack worked at IBM for over 28 years. His articles have over 120,000 views.


What is common sense anyway? Is it something we all can agree on? Is it something we should know instinctively? Or should we learn it while growing up? For example, is the Golden Rule universal? Should we all know that treating others the way we want to be treated is an ideal way to live?

- July 2018

My List of Suggestions...

  • look on the bright side of things
  • be curious
  • ask questions
  • help others in need
  • Always try and do the “right” thing
  • give generously
  • pay it forward
  • listen to others
  • read
  • be happy
  • write it down
  • make a wish list


Looking on the bright side. Even in adversity, we can always take it as a lesson and learn from our experiences. It is as the old adage of treated a glass as half full instead of half empty. It is just a perception and changes nothing. Yet, it is profound. The power of positive thinking is real.

Be curious about our surroundings. Life is full of wonderful mysteries. The world is a classroom. You can learn from all and knowledge is key to success. The more you learn, the more you understand how little you know.

Ask questions. The old adage of ask and you will find and knock and it will be answered. Knowing what and when to ask questions is a sign of intelligence. Once you ask, the answers will come. It is like the person driving around a new city looking for a place. He can drive and circle around aimlessly or he can stop and just ask a local resident. He will get the directions to the place he seeks.

Help others in need. In the old days, a well respected custom is for anyone that shows up at your door, even a stranger, is to be treated with respect and welcomed and fed and a place to rest. It is the same as seeing someone broken down on the road. He is in need of help. If you stop and help them, you are doing exactly what you are suppose to do. You are in the right place and the right time to help someone. It may be a life or death situation.

Doing the right thing. This is much harder than you think. Sometimes, it seems doing the right thing can hurt. It takes real courage to stand up to authority and do the right thing. It may be uncomfortable to act or say something but it may be needed.

Giving is part of selfishness. It may seem contradictory. The act of giving makes one feel good. Therefore, if you are able to give to others, you are truly blessed. It means you are financially well off and able to share your bounty with other less fortunate. Thus, you are making yourself feel good by giving to others.

Pay it forward. It is another common sense action. By given to others, you setup a chain reaction and bring out the best in others. They will in turn help others in need. Who knows, it may eventually come around and help you or your family. It is called karma.

Listening is something most of us are not good at. We are all good at telling others our thoughts and opinions. It is much harder to stop and listen to what others have to say. They all have a message and a perspective and some may be different from yours and may offer some insight. Listen and you will learn.

Reading is joy. It is something we can all do in our leisure. It is a way to broaden our horizons without leaving home.

Being happy is a choice and a state of mind. You can choose to be happy or sad. You can choose to be free or a servsnt of your worries. You can choose to ignore your past and your failings and hope for a better future. Everyone has a different path to happiness. It could be as simple as listening to a favorite song or watching a favorite movie.

Write it down. Putting something to paper means something. It makes it real and important. It is a reminder and it helps you focus.

A wish list. This is your guide and your plan. It has all the components of a happy and fulfilling life.


I guess it all comes down to what makes one happy? Is it money, health, family, love or power and recognition?

Once you’ve identify what makes you happy, then it is a matter of going after them and making a conscious decision to do it.

The common sense solution is usually the best. For some, we have lost it. Due to the complexity of our modern world, we don’t seem to learn the basics. It is not taught in school. It should be taught by our parents in the home and in churches and in schools. Common sense is what created our society and insured our survival all through the millennium. It is time we get it back and use it to our advantage.

© 2018 Jack Lee


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