In our previous Wisdom Note, we explored Proverbs 10:28-32. That was our last week on Proverbs Chapter 10, so this week we will shift our focus. If you miss any of our Wisdom Notes, please go to the blog to catch previous installments.
All truth comes from God, and since God is timeless, so is truth. This week we will explore…
10 Timeless Truths for Life
Let’s jump right in.
1. Gratitude cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn, or consumed.
Gratitude is the sacred experience of living every moment with love and thankfulness. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for and some reason to love. So, be sure to appreciate what you have. Be thankful for the little things in life that mean a lot.
2. Be a student of life every day.
Experience it, learn from it, and absorb all the knowledge you can. Prepare yourself for greatness by keeping your mind conditioned with fresh knowledge and new challenges. Remember, if you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready when great opportunities arise.
3. Experience and failure are the best teachers.
Don’t just memorize the things others are teaching. Practice “figuring out” each day so you can learn the best practices and then do your thing. Life’s experiences and failures will teach you over the course of time and often at the right time and place so that you will remember forever what is truly important.
4. Make your choices, your actions, and your life your responsibility.
As much as possible, live your life without fear or regret. Never let obstacles keep you from doing what you know in your heart you were meant to do. Continue to work hard at what you love no matter what the challenges are. Be persistent. Make your choices and accept the responsibility for those choices. You can’t change the past, so live without fear and regret. This will allow you to experience a life well-lived.
5. No one is “too busy” in this world. It’s all about priorities.
What you focus on grows. Don’t say you don’t have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Thomas Jefferson, Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, or anyone else. It boils down to that we choose to do what we want, so make wise choices.
6. Be patient, but resolute. Even pain will be useful to you.
You will never realize your true strength until being strong is your only option left. Until you are broken or have failed, you won’t know what you’re truly made of. Pain has a purpose and will teach us. It’s a sign that something needs to change. It’s a wake-up call that guides you toward a better future. So keep your heart open to dreams, and make the changes needed. As long as there is a dream and positive action, there is hope. And, as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.
7. It is better to be kind than insist on being right.
We do not always need an intelligent mind that speaks, just a patient heart that listens. Be kind at all times. There is never a justifiable excuse not to be kind. It takes a great deal of strength to be gentle and kind. Power comes through kindness. As it says in Ephesians 4:2 & 32, “Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”
8. You are a magnet attracting others to you.
What you see in others comes from what is inside you. Judge less and love more. If you want inner peace, resist the temptation to gossip about others or portray them in a poor light. Instead of judging someone for what they do or where they are in their life, determine if there is something you can do to help them grow. As you have the opportunity, help others by loving them, not judging them.
9. Only you are in charge of your attitude.
The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that a situation is over, you cannot move forward. You are responsible for how you feel, no matter what anyone else says or does. You are always 100% in control of your thoughts right now, so choose to love yourself and feel confident and adequate rather than angry and insecure. Choose to look forward and upward, not backward and down.
10. Satisfaction is not the fulfillment of what you want.
Satisfaction is the realization of how blessed you are for what you have. It’s not that everything will be easy or exactly as you had expected, but you must choose to be grateful for all that you have and happy that you got a chance to live this life, no matter how it turns out. If you are not satisfied with what you have already, you will never be satisfied with more. It requires a mental shift of accepting life for what it is not what you hoped it to be. This does not mean you don’t try to improve and excel personally, you certainly should. As you seek to improve, have gratitude today, and then you will have gratitude tomorrow.
These 10 ageless truths, when put into practice will allow you to live fully, richly, and with satisfaction. Next week, as we hike our trail, we will explore how life is not a dress rehearsal. In addition to our weekly Wisdom Notes, encourage your friends and family to also join us on our daily podcast – Wisdom-Trek, Creating a Legacy.