Life is Too Short -- Small Pieces of Advice

Life is too short to hold a grudge, to leave words unsaid, to let moments pass you by.  Too often we exist instead of living.  We let people we love go without telling them how we feel. We are afraid to let others know what we are thinking. We don't speak our minds. We build walls around ourselves instead of building bridges.  We remember the hurts and the pain more than the laughter and the joy.

Is this the way that you want to continue? Do you want to let life pass you by while you are doing what is expected, following the rules, and being politically correct?  Or would you rather march to the beat of your own drum, let go of past hurts, forgive yourself for past mistakes, and take charge of your future?

Turning 50 was easy. Turning 51 was devastating, but it made me start thinking about what I want for this "second" season of my life. 50 is the year of Jubilee, a year of changes. And, I made some major changes: moved, built a home, quit my job, started a small business, and parted my hair on the right.   Major.  I decided not to age gracefully, but to go out kicking and screaming. In other words, to live life to the fullest. To stop being afraid that I'm not acting my age.  To let others know how much I care. To take chances and go for it!

Whatever season of life you find yourself in, live it passionately.  Don't let words go unspoken. Take a walk in the rain. Don't let moments pass you by. Forgive. Free yourself of expectations. Be full of surprises! Smile. No, scratch that. Laugh. Get up early and watch the stars fade as the sun comes up. Go someplace you have never been. Don't be afraid of saying "NO".

And, in this precious season we are entering, remember the greatest gift. The gift of a Child that keeps on giving today and tomorrow.  Embrace the joy! Let the lights remind you of the Bethlehem Star. Breath.

Merry Christmas!!!
P. S. I'm taking next week off to enjoy Christmas with family and friends, but I'll be back to "ring in the New Year"!

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