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What I’ve learned so far about life

Take A Mulligan

January 26, 2020
By John Sheda , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Do you ever get those times where there is nothing, absolutely nothing coming our of your head?

You don't? Hmmmm............I get those days quite frequently. Intelligent thoughts and ideas get very lonely inside my head. So when that happens, I try to think of some of the things of life that I've learned along the way since my days of being that little boy from Chelsea, Iowa.

So here goes....

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That I've still got a lot to learn.

No matter how bad things get, life goes on and there will be better days ahead.

Never take any blessings for granted.

That the grass really is not greener on the other side.

People deserve a 2nd chance, maybe even a 3rd or a 4th.

If you don't believe in yourself, no one else will either.

You don't always get to have it your way. Get used to that.

Learn to love yourself so others will love you too.

Just about everybody is lost and confused and has no idea what's going on.

The older I get, I realize life is more about the journey, not the destination

That "reaping what you sow" philosophy is true. Eventually.

Get a second order of fries. She'll want them.

If someone says they're just ten minutes away, it means they're still home.

Life is a precious gift. Open it and enjoy what's inside.

Your waitress/waiter is not your slave. Treat him/her with dignity & respect.

And give her a nice generous tip, even is she didn't deserve it. You'll feel better.

Stop blaming the referees and umpires. You made a couple of mistakes yourself.

The Bible is an excellent book. Read from it every now and again.

When you happen to be happy every once in a while, notify your face. Smile!

Not everyone will like you. In fact, some will really not like you. Egad!!

Don't buy Fat-Free salad dressing or chocolate syrup. I mean it.

Stop at the park once or twice a year and go down the slide or swing on the swing.

Time really does fly. First your graduating from high school; next your attending your 50th class reunion.

This won't go over well but count your blessings more and your calories less.

Give a nice yet firm handshake and remember their name. It takes practice.

Be humble and modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.

Go to other people's funerals. Otherwise they won't come to yours.

Once in a while take the slower scenic route.

Wave at the kids on the school bus. Enjoy their laughter and waves.

Your opinion is good but give others a chance to opine without judgment.

I am not the center of the universe. I was in the past but was wrong back then too.

There really is just something wrong about wearing sandals and socks. Really!!

If you want to make God laugh or at least smile, tell him about YOUR plans.

Let me know some of the things you've learned along the way. You are welcome to use some of mine if you haven't learned much. I'm at jsheda@indytel.com or 319.327.4640.

 
 
 

 

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