A few years ago on Thanksgiving, I had to run to the store for a few last-minute things while preparing dinner. I had only a few items and was waiting in line to pay. A women and her teen age son were in front of me with her items on the conveyor belt. I looked at the items on the conveyor: cereal, lunch meat and a few other very basic items. Nothing at all for a holiday meal.
When the cashier completed ringing up her order and gave her the total, the woman didn’t have enough money to pay for her items. She was short a few dollars and was going to have to put something back. Honestly, I was in a hurry to finish cooking and was trying expedite things so I gave the cashier the difference to complete the order. The woman turned around and started crying, hugged me and said thank you.
My life lesson that I learned was that it may seem like a small thing for you to do to help someone else but it can make a very big difference to someone else. I learned so much from one small random act of kindness and I think about it everyone once in a while.
You don’t know what everyone else’s life is like. Be kind and do nice things for strangers. It is something nice to do for yourself.
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.”
― Helen Keller
Some thoughts from Lori Moreno:
“No matter what happens in life, to keep on keeping on. Stay strong, positive and in love with your life no matter what is happening around you.”
“Do not allow toxic or negative situations nor peeps into your precious life, only allow positivity and love.”
“Work on yourSELF Everyday in every way. If you don’t, no one will do the work for you.”
“In life, there are no mistakes, only lessons.”
― Vic Johnson
Some thoughts from Edgar Danmer:
There is a time and a place for everything. It’s extremely helpful to have clarity and to be true to oneself. Having dreams is essential and to be incredibly resourceful in all situations. Life will continue to have ups and downs. But where there is a commitment, there is a way.
Some thoughts from Eli Ingraham:
Hmmm…life lesson learned….a great big question.
I’m always amused by the expression “lifelong learning” because my experience seems more like “life’s long learning.” I never cease to be amazed at how many times I recall C.S. Lewis’s words, “Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.” So I love the process of learning, and the refinement that comes by yielding to the ebb and flow of experience ~ of trial and error, of risk and return, as we make our way toward better. There is no getting it right, there is only getting it better. Finding and walking with those that want to make it better is life’s long learning.