Adult life is an extreme sport. It requires one to have the mastery of navigating through the hurdles and the ups and downs in order to live a longer, more fulfilling life.
As one grows, they learn through their experiences, that help them make better decisions in future.
Here are 5 things that I have learnt this year that could be helpful to you in the coming year.
1. The power of prayer
Believing that there is a higher power above that we must dedicate part of our time and submit to should be a key part of your life. If you wake up well every morning and retire to bed safe and sound every night, and you have the audacity to think that that happens by your own will or fate, then good for you. However, a normal person should thank God for the gift of life and good health for themselves and their family, the ability to wake up and fend for their family, and the many blessings that He has bestowed upon their life. Nevertheless, let’s be wary of religious activities that may be misleading and harmful to our overall well-being. They say religion is like salt, a sprinkle is good, but too much will spoil the meal.
2. The power of truth
They say that the only thing worse than a lie is another lie that compounds it and the cycle could go on and on. A lie also gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on. If you don’t want to always remember what you lied to people, say the truth and it shall set you free.
Happiness is subjective. Every person seeks happiness in their own different way. What might be a source of joy to me might not auger well with you. Find your threshold of happiness. It is noteworthy that happiness doesn’t always mean everything is perfect, it just means you have decided to look beyond your imperfections.
4. Letting go
Knowing when to let go is a key ingredient in living a stress-free life. When you let go of the toxic aspects of your life, time eventually heals your soul. They say that sometimes the best revenge is to be unlike your enemy and living in the past is to die in the present.
Lastly, they say that there are two things you can’t take back, bullets that leave your gun, and words that leave your mouth. I accept that there are people who will make it their life’s mission to always get on your nerves, but spewing hate back to them will only worsen the situation. I recommend the 10-10 rule that I read about. When you feel the urge to utter something negative out of provocation, take ten minutes to breathe in. If there is still anger within you, sleep on it for 10 hours. Trust me, you will feel much better and consequently take better action.
Learning is a continuous process, and as we continue to figure out how to go about this sport called life, embrace one or all of my lessons to approach the year 2020 wiser and well informed.