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Fifty things I learned on my 50th birthday adventure

Updated: Dec 8, 2021

Laughter is contagious


Joy is an attitude we choose



Fear should never govern decision making



Gratitude breeds a content spirit



Community is the foundation for successful child rearing



True connection can happen when we least expect it



Guarding your heart suffocates true love



Respect for what is different, unique and sometimes uncomfortable is what promotes opportunities for real change, growth and learning



Compassion is universal



Kindness costs nothing



Boredom breeds innovation



Solutions are often found in the presence of silent reflection - learn to be still



Sunsets and sunrises are reminders that the beginning and end of each day are opportunities for renewal



Play should not be exclusive to children



Personal value is defined by what we give not what we receive



A soft pillow is a luxury not a human right



A cold shower is better than no shower



Soap is a luxury



Salt makes everything taste good



Gentle touch is louder than any combination of words



A gentle breeze on a hot day is a gift from the universe



Mango trees provide sweet fruit and shade



All accomplishments should be passionately celebrated - all failures are opportunities to learn




Death should not be feared



Only the privileged have time to worry



Friendship is forged through trust



A smile transcends all languages



Caution is taught



Curiosity should always be encouraged



Faith and religion are not the same



Music is a universal language



Harmony is a tapestry of differences that blend together to create unity



Nature is the most beautiful of all artistic masterpieces



Wildlife should never be contained




Dancing is an expression of the heart



Water is a life-giving resource




Money does not buy happiness



Corruption happens in the presence of desperation




Power perpetuates a selfish heart


Selflessness is more difficult for the rich than the poor



Anxiety and anger serve no one well



Peace is a state of mind not an emotion



Listening affords learning and learning affords progress



Extreme poverty breeds extreme love and community



Formal education is not superior to the education of life



Friendship heals




Taking risks builds character



Luck is usually founded in hard work



Hard work is never the wrong decision



True, unconditional love is rare and the universal goal of every person





















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