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What's the most meaningful life lesson you ever learned?

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Initial post: Jun 7, 2010 1:00:09 PM PDT
I did a radio show about my latest book last week and we took calls from listeners who wanted to share their life lessons with us. As always, the best insights came from average Joes and Janes who learned from experience--rather than some television star who wants to share the challenges of hiring a butler. So what's your story? What life lesson really sticks with you?

Michael Rosenbaum
Your Name Here Guide to Life: The book you'd have written, if only you had the time.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 2:34:03 PM PDT
Never let a repairman work on your property while you're not looking. If you must bring it in and leave it, wait for it there whenever possible. Never make an oral contract for any transaction. Don't leave a pet at the vet without waiting for it. Always take it home at the end of the day. Avoid any dog groomer that wants to pull ticks out. They will fall out on their own. Rental housing wastes money. Renting to own or morgaging is cheaper.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 7, 2010 3:05:35 PM PDT
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Y>Y says:
Never judge any woman (or man!) until you have walked two moons in her moccasins.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 6:40:14 AM PDT
I translate that questions into: What one thing would I want my children to learn from me? It would be that you have full control and responsibility for your life - experience, health, emotions, accomplishments, joy, etc. It gives great empowerment and self-confidence when you know that from the beginning. Everything else falls into place if you know this one thing.

Posted on Jun 8, 2010 11:37:07 AM PDT
When I was about 17, one of my mentors commented to me: you don't need your parents permission to do what you want with your Life. That was a huge Wow.

I think we are all "conditioned" to conform to expectations, from family, schooling, social structures etc. It was in this moment, when I intuitively understood something about this. We only feel we need that approval, permission or support... because it is a myth we have bought into. if we release that.. so much guilt, ill-will, resentment and animosity.. just goes away.

That lesson and: whatever anyone puts out there.. ( any emtion, reaction, anger, slight/ slander/put down etc).. it is ALWAYS ALWAYS ... their own stuff. the recipient.. is just in their path ( or on their "stage").. however.. what you choose to do with it ( react, owning or believing it, getting sucked into it).. that's YOURs... ::)))

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Posted on Jun 8, 2010 11:37:42 AM PDT
Dancing In Your Bubble

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 7:29:47 AM PDT
Letter Size says:
Sand people always travel in single file to hide thier numbers.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 8:05:36 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2010 10:07:52 AM PDT
ME robert- is this comment in response to my entry? if so- I never said I blamed my parents.. or lacked courage.. I have no idea where you got that.. other than your own stuff....


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2010 12:34:38 PM PDT
R. Malkin,

Thanks for your response. My kids and I talk a lot about choices and it's one of my favorite chapters because I made the mistake big-time as I was growing up. . We make a choice to stay or go, do or not. We can change our minds, make another choice if we want. But if we decide someone else's choice controls our lives, we cede all our freedom and power to them.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2010 12:40:37 PM PDT
M.E. Roberts,

One of the big lessons I learned was that telling people what THEY should do is seldom effective. I might read them wrong and recommend the wrong thing, which only makes any situation worse. I don't know whether Teri has courage or blames parents, but if a lesson got learned about dealing with life more effectively, that's great.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2010 12:43:14 PM PDT

This is so deep and wise I'm not sure I get it. But it reminds me that it's way too easy to jump to conclusions based on limited data.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 1:41:02 PM PDT
N. Perz says:
Here are my rules:

1. Don't ask a question unless you're prepared to hear the answer;
2. If you don't want to be contradicted, then don't say stupid things;
3. Never argue with stupid people;
4. If you don't ask for what you want, then you have no right to complain when you don't get it;
5. If you haven't tried yourself, then you don't need help;
6. Never let someone tell you something can't be done if they, themselves, have never tried.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 9, 2010 3:40:12 PM PDT
I just think it's really funny.. what and how someone can and will infer... when nothing to that affect was ever stated....


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Posted on Jun 9, 2010 4:22:49 PM PDT
The powerful magic I felt when I first saw our newborn son ---

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 6:52:31 PM PDT
Jane says:
I learned that if you are a complete person that truly loves themselves and being alive, you can be dirt poor and all alone and yet be perfectly happy and content.

Posted on Jun 9, 2010 8:07:05 PM PDT
The greatest lesson I ever learned was that if you take small steps day by day you can achieve miraculous feats. Many people are shortsighted and either give up too soon or go to hard in the beginning and burn out. But if you draw long, mid and short term plans and stick to them amazing things can happen.

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Posted on Jun 10, 2010 1:09:15 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2010 2:05:44 PM PDT
Trolling with the homies...

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In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2010 3:30:19 PM PDT
Bakari Akil,

My dad said that if you picked up a calf every day, you'd eventually be strong enough to lift a bull. I was never interested enough to test out the theory, but I think it applies to most things in life.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2010 3:31:36 PM PDT

Were you ever dirt poor and all alone and perfectly happy and content at the same time?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2010 3:34:22 PM PDT
N. Perz,

Good advice all around. I particularly like 5 and 6.


In reply to an earlier post on Jun 10, 2010 4:36:56 PM PDT
Jane says:
Yes sir

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 5:07:58 PM PDT
Alpha says:
Never marry a drug addict.
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