Reflections on Everyday Living

by Roy Lessin

I love this so much that I want to share it with you. It’s kind of like unpacking the Golden Rule into fun-size, easily digested pieces. I like lists and  examples. Perhaps you do to.

Ever wonder what you’ll say to your daughter before her wedding day? Ever consider the words of wisdom you want to share with your son when he leaves home for college? Ever think about the reflections on life you want to give to your grandchildren? Here are a few observations and thoughts about life that you may want to add to your collection. If you don’t have a collection of heart reflections gathered yet, perhaps this list will stir you to begin the process. Some thoughts are practical, some are simple, some are fun, but all are meant to make life richer and more rewarding.

  • When you greet people, look them in the eye. When they speak, give them your attention.
  • When someone speaks to you in anger, let your response be a soft answer.
  • Learn how to receive a compliment.
  • You can’t always be on the giving end. When others give to you, receive it with as much grace and kindness as is being extended.
  • Learn to laugh more – it’s great medicine.
  • Never need “a little more” in order to be content.
  • Three things to remember about people: their names, their birthdays, a few of their favorite things.
  • Find a place away from city lights and gaze into the heavens on a clear night.
  • Call or send a card for no reason.
  • If you don’t need it, do without it if it means going into debt.
  • Tithe – you can never out-give God.
  • Let people know you appreciate them for who they are and not just what they do.
  • Sing around the house. Church isn’t the only place to praise the Lord.
  • Fix a special meal, served on special china, for no special reason.
  • The best time to treat anything that needs maintenance  is “right now.”
  • Never allow what you possess to possess you.
  • Return the thing you borrow in better condition than you receive it.
  • Don’t ever forget to return the things you borrow, fix the things you break, pay the bills   you owe, take care of the things you own.
  • If you are not sure what to do in a given situation, ask, “What is the loving thing to do?”
  • Take a class in music appreciation.
  • Do something new with an old friend.
  • Guard trust in any relationship.
  • Don’t ever lose heart – God will never give up on you.
  • Never let your heart run out of thankfulness.
  • One place to “be like Jesus” is behind the wheel of your car.
  • Don’t feel inferior to anyone. God made only one of you.
  • When you do something, put everything you have into it.
  • Don’t carry around worry, fear or anxiety. They are the thieves of peace.
  • Hold things with an open palm.

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