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Life lessons for 2024

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The clock is ticking and before we know it, 2023 is gone, and a New Year has started. What lessons in life can we use as we face a New Year? Here are some which I have culled from my readings:

  1. Change is inevitable, so let it excite you.
  2. It is okay and advisable to sit with your sadness. It is unhealthy to ignore the feeling of sadness. How is your body feeling? What is your mind thinking? Understand why you are feeling sad.
  3. Personal development can be authentic.
  4. If you want kindness, be kind to others first. Observe the Golden Rule always. When you are genuinely nice to other people, you will notice a change in their behavior towards you.
  5. You might as well start today what it is you want to do. It is never too late!
  6. You cannot help others who do not want to help themselves. We need to wait until that person is ready to receive our help.
  7. Financial literacy is extremely important.
  8. You need a written plan for life. It is important to figure out now what is important to you.
  9. Keep your areas clean: your work area, your home area, even your car. A clean environment equals a clear mind.
  10. Find your balance in life. This includes: work (job, career, money), health (exercise, nutrition, mental health), and social (spouse, family, friends, going out).
  11. Have a “silly” interest that allows you to decompress — it could be watching K-dramas on Netflix, or playing video games. Just make sure you don’t overdo it.
  12. Stop and smell the flowers. No matter what the task, try to find a way to be present, and perform it with joy.
  1. Appreciate your situations and freedoms. With the Ukraine war and the devastation happening in Israel, appreciate your situation, and how blessed you are.
  2. Do something adventurous, and get out of your comfort zone. However, stay safe and healthy always.
  3. If you want something, take it. If you do not ask, you will not receive, so do it: Ask! The worst that you can get is a ‘no’.
  4. Be patient.
  5. Open your heart.
  6. Pay off your debts.
  7. Don’t focus on your embarrassing moments. Most people will forget about it by tomorrow.
  8. Have positive thoughts. Our state of happiness is directly correlated to the inner thoughts we have.  Negative thoughts result in negative emotions, while positive thoughts result in happiness, confidence, and an overall better life. (24 Valuable Lessons for 2024)

More life lessons:

  1. Read all the time.
  2. When someone extends some kindness to you, send a handwritten thank you note.
  3. At the start of the year, think of ways you can do your job better than how you have ever done before.
  4. Never retire. You can “work” forever as long as you are enjoying it.
  5. Get enough sleep. Seven hours until you’re 60, eight hours until you’re 70, nine hours thereafter. Take one-hour siestas. (20 Life Lessons)

Life is a journey that has no definite path, time-frame, and end-goal. Thus, create your own because you can.

Let us find comfort from th Bible verse: For I know the plans I have for you; the Lord’s declaration, plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  Jeremiah 29:11

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