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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

20 Life Lessons Learned...

Everyone can teach us something if we are receptive to embracing it.
As we wrap up another year, move towards self-reflection and strive to move forward in our goals, I'd like to share some of my life lessons that have helped to define me as a writer and a woman. Perhaps you might add them to yours.
I'm a firm believer that the more you know, the more you grow.

Though you'll typically find this kind of post at the personal development blogs, I thought it would be neat to try it here. After all, Pen and Prosper is about "prospering", right?
I actually got the idea from Evelyn @Evelynparham.com, who did it from another blogger's request. They provided eleven, but I couldn't stop there.

So, without further adieu, here are my important life lessons.

1. Sometimes in life, you must jump, and the "net" will come later.
2. There is a difference between wisdom and knowledge.
3. Like wine, some things really do get better with age.
4. There is an art to friendship that not everyone knows. Choose wisely.
5. Love is almost always worth the risk.
6. When others question my actions, or fail to give benefit of the doubt, God knows my heart.
7. Kindness is never wasted.
8. Laughter is the best medicine. I start and end each day watching a funny sitcom or movie.
9. Forgiveness is liberating!
10. Love knows no color.
11. It is our "perceptions" not our "possessions" that make us rich.
12. You Can't operate out of faith and fear at the same time.
13. Sometimes blessings are "retroactive".
14. Mom was right. Take care of your feet and teeth and later in life you'll be glad you did.
15. It is possible to form "bonds" in the virtual world as meaningful as those in the real world.
16. "Those who gossip with you will gossip about you."
17. Friendship is more important than chemistry in a romantic relationship that stands the test of time.
18. Chivalry is not dead. It just needs to be resurrected.
19. Health is the greatest wealth.
20. Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it.

What are your thoughts on these? Or share your own guiding lessons...

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  1. Love this list, Jennifer! I agree, this fits nicely into writing and prospering together. So much about the writing life parallels real life anyway. Much to learn, apply, and gain from tips like these.
    Happy weekend,

  2. Hi Karen,

    Whether it's creative writing or writing the story of our lives, we're all students with lessons that evolve daily, weekly, yearly.
    I greatly appreciate your time and your thoughts.

  3. Hi Jennifer,

    Very nice! I love them all and can truly relate.

    Funny, I was wondering if it could be possible to have real virtual relationships/friendships. You answered my question! Thanks for that.

    I love your lesson about jumping first and the the net coming later. Never fear taking chances..thank you for that golden nugget.

    Thank you for the mention!

    Take care,


  4. Jennifer Brown BanksDecember 24, 2010 at 7:58 PM


    Glad to share. Yep, I believe virtual connections are the equivalent of long distance relationships. -) And I certainly cherish mine. I appreciate your time and feedback.