Your Turn: 3 Lessons

One of my favorite things about writing is the reaction I get from readers.  I’m not talking about the ‘wow I love what you wrote’ comments or even the ‘you’re a really good writer’ ones.  No, the reaction I enjoy most is ‘that blog you wrote really got me thinking.’  The only thing I’ve ever wanted Of Whiskey and Words to achieve is to get people thinking about things that really matter and to start some kind of dialogue about it.  So it means a lot whenever someone takes the time not only to read what I’ve written, but to comment 

My most recent post- 3 Lessons for My Next Life– provided me with a ton of great and interesting feedback.  Obviously, while people may agree with my 3 lessons a lot of people had ideas of their own.

With that in mind, I decided to make a list of the different lessons readers shared with me that they would take with them to their next life:

“Give yourself permission to be who you truly are”

“Relationships over possessions/money”

“Appreciate the best in others”

“Always be honest”

“Listen more than you talk”

“There are exceptions to everything”

“Don’t care what other people think about you”

“Have faith not hope”

“Stress Less”

“Travel More”

“Focus on what you can control”

Always be curious”

Learn to be happy for no reason”

“Fight tirelessly for what you want”

“Value trust and respect above all else” 

“Don’t think with your dick (all the time)”- The one and only Cameron Day

“Make your life about more than just work”

“Love as much as you allow yourself to (both yourself and others)”

“Tell the people you love that you love them”

“Be kind to yourself (self-love)”

“Keep your head down and work”

“Start earlier on the dreams you thought were impossible (don’t postpone doing what you love just because you don’t feel capable right now)”

“Champion experiences”

“Develop compassion”

“Don’t take it all(mostly yourself) too seriously”

“Question Everything”

“Do what you love and fuck the rest”

“Don’t put extra effort into relationships with people who aren’t willing to put in extra effort for you”

“Practicing noticing details at an early age. Details about nature, about relationships, about cycles, about science, about myself”

“Enjoy youth while you’re young. That limber body and high energy does not last forever”

“Forgive and Forget:

“Ignorance is bliss”

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve got, it’s what you make of what you’ve got”

Learn to be a jack of all trades, except the trade of being a jackass”

“Things you don’t remember matter more than the things you do, so appreciate everything as it happens”

Feel free to add your lessons in the comments below!

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Quote for 6-27-16

“Compassion hurts. When you feel connected to everything, you also feel responsible for everything. And you cannot turn away. Your destiny is bound with the destinies of others. You must either learn to carry the Universe or be crushed by it. You must grow strong enough to love the world, yet empty enough to sit down at the same table with its worst horrors.”

 Andrew Boyd, Daily Afflictions: The Agony of Being Connected to Everything in the Universe

Quote for 6-25-16

“Introverts, in contrast, may have strong social skills and enjoy parties and business meetings, but after a while wish they were home in their pajamas. They prefer to devote their social energies to close friends, colleagues, and family. They listen more than they talk, think before they speak, and often feel as if they express themselves better in writing than in conversation. They tend to dislike conflict. Many have a horror of small talk, but enjoy deep discussions.”

Susan Cain