Lessons to remember

by Christina on April 30, 2011

Loved these lessons from zenhabits.

Here are a few that resonated especially with me today (emphasis mine!):

2. Possessions are worse than worthless — they’re harmful. They add no value to your life, and cost you everything. Not just the money required to buy them, but the time and money spent shopping for them, maintaining them, worrying about them, insuring them, fixing them, etc.

11. You can’t motivate people. The best you can hope for is to inspire them with your actions. People who think they can use behavioral “science” or management techniques have not spent enough time on the receiving end of either.

16. Being a vegan/vegetarian is wonderful. For many years I thought it was a ridiculous notion, that I couldn’t give up meat, that it was a sacrifice not worth suffering through. I now know that it’s no sacrifice, that our taste buds easily change, that I’m enjoying vegan dishes more than anything I’ve ever eaten before, and I’m reducing the suffering of animals in the meantime.

18. Fitness doesn’t happen overnight. It’s a long process, a learning process, something that happens in little bits over a long period. I’ve been getting fit for five years now, and I still have more to learn and do. But the progress I’ve made has been amazing, and it’s been a great journey.

20. A good walk cures most problems. Want to lose weight and get fit? Walk. Want to enjoy life but spend less? Walk. Want to cure stress and clear your head? Walk. Want to meditate and live in the moment? Walk. Having trouble with a life or work problem? Walk, and your head gets clear.

21. Let go of expectations. When you have expectations of something — a person, an experience, a vacation, a job, a book — you put it in a predetermined box that has little to do with reality. You set up an idealized version of the thing (or person) and then try to fit the reality into this ideal, and are often disappointed. Instead, try to experience reality as it is, appreciate it for what it is, and be happy that it is.

28. Get some perspective. Usually when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. In the larger picture, this one problem means almost nothing. This fight we’re having with someone else — it’s over something that matters naught. Let it go, and move on.

29. Don’t sit too much. It kills you. Move, dance, run, play.

36. Life is exceedingly brief. You might feel like there’s a huge mass of time ahead of you, but it passes much faster than you think. Your kids grow up so fast you get whiplash. You get gray hairs before your done getting your bearings on life. Appreciate every damn moment.

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roselil May 1, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Thanks again for a great post! Your blog is really special and full of so much inspiration and depth.

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Chris palmer May 1, 2011 at 6:41 pm

I totally agree with Roselil. Really loved all those life lessons. Each one is deeply meaningful.

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Satkirin May 1, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Thank you for sharing these lessons! You’re a GEM!

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Nadia May 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Thanks for uniting all of us through your posts, Christina.

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Adhana May 2, 2011 at 12:30 am

Thanks for this. It brightened my day.

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