Summary of Lessons Learned in September 2012

by LaShawnda Jones (unless otherwise noted)

Click on a lesson to link to its corresponding blog post.

Lesson 1: My tolerance of inconsiderate people enables them to continue to disrespect me.

Lesson 2: No, I’m not a sprinter, but I can still finish – and finish well.

Lesson 3: Waiting is hoping. If hope is good, then so must be the wait.

Lesson 4: The best I can do is accept and receive what God wants to make happen in my life.

Lesson 5: The size and difficulty of a challenge changes according to the perspective you gain from preparation and experience.

Lesson 6: When you plant a garden (of words, deeds, thoughts, actions) in a space or in a life, that reflects who you truly are, all that you plant will inspire others even in your absence.

Lesson 7: Bring hope and change into the life of a child. ~ Papa Joe, Unconditional the Movie

Lesson 8: No storm can take the sun away. The sun is always shining. You just have to take a walk on the clouds. ~ Sam, Unconditional the Movie

Lesson 9: When going to the next level, mode of transport is unimportant.

Lesson 10: Joy is a state of mind. It has nothing to do with how others appreciate or value you (or under-appreciate and undervalue you). Joy is about your capacity for gratitude….gratitude even for the fleeting fragrance of a flower.

Lesson 11: Seasons change. But the more people learn, the more they grow. Don’t avoid your lessons and resent your growth. Embrace even the pain of bursting through your emotional, psychological and spiritual retaining walls.

Lesson 12: We are not promised tomorrow. Be sure to celebrate your life today — even if you’re alone in your joy.

Lesson 13: Sometimes people are just jerks. There’s no excuse or explanation for their attitude or behavior. And I accept that I am not obligated to make myself available to be their cutting stone. Perhaps unfortunately, I have felt an increasing need to point out their unpleasantness as it is applied to me. Hopefully, that doesn’t make me into too much of a jerk….

Lesson 14: Sometimes it doesn’t get better until you make it better.

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