Hearing from those close to death offers us a chance to gain perspective. Here are the five most common pearls of wisdom that the older generation wants to pass on to the younger generation right now.
1. Own your life
The sooner you realise that life is a series of choices that you make for yourself, the quicker you will feel a sense of control over your work life, friendships and the relationship you have with yourself. Success is not a destination but rather a journey or culmination of many good decisions that add up to a life well lived.
2. Live in the moment
Living in the past will bring you regret. Living in the future will make you feel worried. Choosing to live in the moment will allow you to collect new memories and learn new lessons. Staying current and relevant and interesting happens when you live each day in the present.
3. Do what you love, love what you do
If you are like most of the world’s population, you will have to spend a great deal of your life working. If you believe that your work aligns with your purpose then you will feel happier about getting your work done each day. If you feel that your work is a distraction from your purpose then you will be frustrated and resentful of your work life. Keep aligning your work and your purpose and yes the hours will still be long, but your heart will be at peace.
4. Embrace change
Everything is temporary and the sooner you accept that fact the easier it will be for you to ride the highs of life and keep trucking through the lows. There are many different seasons you will walk through- nobody lives a life of endless Summer. So if you are feeling ecstatic- enjoy it now for this shall pass. And if you are feeling down, then be patient and ride out the winter - this too shall pass.
5. Accept failure
This does not mean that you should give up, but rather that you would do well to see that there is more to your story than the page you are on right now. Mistakes and dead-ends are what builds character - what prepares you to take the wins when they come your way. Try to avoid comparing where you are in your story to where others are in their stories. Your first chapter may be somebody else’s final page.
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