GUEST POST: 12 Life Lessons I Learned From 2014

NOTE: This post was from a friend’s year-end reflections. While we may already be halfway done with the year 2015 and the posting may be untimely, the lessons imparted herein are timeless nonetheless so I still think it is still worth sharing. ❤


Photo: dawatmedia.com

Every year, instead of doing a New Year’s resolution list I, find it more interesting to reflect on the things I’ve learned, experienced, and realized over the past year. I do this as a reminder to myself on how blessed I am every year and to make it more meaningful. I thought sharing it through a blog would be great. I do not expect that everyone would be pleased but, I believe some of you would be able to relate some of these thoughts to your own life. If you do, then we can fairly say that we’ve both been there, done that! So here we go. 


Feel free to comment =)


1. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart.
Quitting should never be an option. Let yourself go through the hardship so you can be at your best. Always remember that Life is tough, but you can be tougher. Find the strength to laugh every day. Find it in your heart to make others smile too. Don’t stress over things you can’t change. Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Work diligently. And even if you fall short, keep going. Keep growing.


2. Prove yourself to yourself, not to others.
The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. The RIGHT people for you will love you for doing so, and they will appreciate all the things about you that the WRONG people are intimidated by. Bottom line: Don’t change so people will like you. Be patient, keep being your amazing self, and pretty soon the RIGHT people will love the REAL you.

3. Create your life by making things happen.
Continue to make the choices that allow your life to be purposeful and fulfilling. Most people go through life letting things happen. You are different.


4. There’s no such thing as a self-made person. 
Someone believed, encouraged, and invested in you. Be grateful and be that someone for others too.

5. There’s always another level. Get There!
Believe that you can keep getting better and if you keep getting better you can be whatever you want to be.

6. Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feelings.


7. It takes some courage to stand up and speak; it takes even more courage to open your mind and listen. 
Pay attention and be a good listener. Your ears will never get you in trouble. The people in your life often need a listening ear more than they need a rambling voice. And don’t listen with the intent to reply; hear what is being said with the intent to understand. You are as beautiful as the love you give, and you are as wise as the silence you leave behind.


8. Don’t prioritize someone who has made us just an option. 
It’s definitely OK to make ourselves available in front of the line this time. Make ourselves #1 for a change. Because whenever we say “yes” to someone else, we automatically say “no” to ourselves. Practice the skills of actively creating what we want, protecting what we value and acting decisively to change what is not working in our life.

9. I can’t brag about my love to God because I fail Him daily, but I can brag about His love for me because it NEVER FAILS!!!

10. Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have and how you can bless others with it. 
Being able to give is a Divine gift in itself. Share your blessings.


11. You cannot be good enough for everybody, but you will always be the best for the one who deserves you. 
There’s someone special out there for all of us.


12. Refuse to complain. 
Complaining is just a way of not taking responsibility, justifying doing nothing, and programming yourself to fail. Complaining creates the illusion that you have done something. Instead, pour your energy into improving your situation. When you find ways to be productive and maintain a sense of optimism, you demonstrate that you are in control of your own life.

Self reflection is a good way of unlocking yourself and I say, the world needs the fullness of who you are, and it is through your experiences in life, lessons you’ve learned, places you’ve been, people you’ve met and things you’ve realized that you unfold into that fullness.

Live life to the fullest,

Emman Simbahan


Photo Credits:

1st: dawatmedia.com; 2nd: chrisfendya.com

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