FORTY is such a liberating number for me. I’ve started this blog. I am the absolute healthiest I have every been in my adult life. (My kids have taken complete control of my bed – but that’s another topic for another time…) A friend got me started thinking – why now, why am I so much more comfortable in my own skin now….and it’s a lot things. So,

Here are forty of my life truths:

1. People don’t spend hardly anytime thinking about you – they do, however, want you to think of them. This is a good thing to know because it makes meeting and getting to know people easy. Just be interested in them – that makes you interesting.

2. Parenting is hard. Of course it’s great. That doesn’t make it easy.

3. Making friends as an adult is hard – especially while parenting.

4. Do things that make you scared – do them! Go, now, go do them!

5. Public speaking is much easier when you know that of which you speak, but even then it takes a lot of practice to get remotely comfortable. Unless your a weirdo and it just comes naturally.

6. Root for people to succeed – all people. People’s success is what got us here today. (Don’t call them weirdo’s either.)

7. At the macro level the world may look like a disaster – your impact need only be at the micro level. If your space is not a disaster, it helps.

8. The world is an amazing place – look to be amazed and you will be. Look to be disappointed and you will be.

9. I got this one from an Andy Stanley podcast – “Do for one what you wish you could do for many.” No, you can’t save every orphan in Africa. Yes, you can save one. Find an organization to support in even a small way for whatever you find burdening your heart and overwhelming you.

10. Humility and Empathy are two traits worth pursuing passionately your entire life. They are the key to success in business, in relationships, and in life. Help you children build these traits and the world will be a better place.

11. Learn something new, all the time. This doesn’t mean go to class – only some of us would enjoy that – but find a way to learn something new.

12. Never become so important that you lose your sense of humor.

13. Always know, no matter how important you are, the person you are talking to trumps you with their friends and family. You are never the most important person in the room to every person in the room.

14. Don’t underestimate your value – you really are the most important person to someone. God loves you especially.

15. Plan your funeral – and make it fun. Funerals are just depressing. Can’t we do something different with funerals? I am looking for a life celebration business that turns the industry on it’s ear….but in a tasteful way.

16. If you think someone else is incredibly selfish – know that they probably feel the same way about you. You may both be right about your particular relationship – but you both may be incredibly giving to other people. Hand out Grace and leave Judgement to Someone Else.

17. Your life is important – but so is everyone else’s. Be sure you raise your head up often to see what others are going through.

18. Never underestimate your ability to influence a situation.

19. From a movie I watched recently – most of the time you just need 20 seconds of unbridled bravery to do anthing. I went rappelling and the beginning and the end were fine – but there was about 20 seconds in the middle, when you have to leap over the edge…I used all 20 seconds.

20. Be courageous and let your voice be heard. What you think matters. You matter.

The next 20 in an upcoming entry…

Can you add to my list? What are some of your life truths that have made all the difference? Leave them in the comments section on facebook or here…I might use some for the next 20!


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