People have always wanted to understand the meaning of life and their place in it. And it’s not as hard as you might think. Often we create our own problems, complicating our lives instead of enjoying and appreciating them.
A wise man once said:
“There are three important things that your life relies on.”
These are the keys to happiness and self-fulfillment. People who have mastered these “laws” know the secret of the Universe, which is how to direct your thoughts into the right channel.
The three things you can’t take back: time, words, chances.
The three things you mustn’t lose: dignity, hope, humanity.
The three things of topmost importance: trust, faith, love.
The three things that are fleeting: luck, power, wealth.
The three things that define you: achievement, integrity, work.
The three things that destroy you: anger, pride, alcohol.
The three things it’s hard to say: “Help me,” “I’m sorry,” “I love you.”
Now you know the truth of the three things. It will help you find meaning in life and overcome the obstacles in your path.
Follow these rules and enjoy every moment!
But that’s not all!
How can you live a life without regret?
Karl Pillemer of Cornell University interviewed nearly 1,500 people age 70 to 100+ for his book 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans. He asked them what life lessons they would pass on.
What did they say about avoiding regrets?
Here’s the short list:
1. Always be honest.
Avoid acts of dishonesty, both big and small. Most people suffer from serious regret later in life if they have been less than fair and square.
2. Say yes to opportunities.
When offered a new opportunity or challenge, you are much less likely to regret saying yes and more likely to regret turning it down.
3. Travel more.
Travel while you can, sacrificing other things if necessary. Most people look back on their travel adventures (big and small) as highlights of their lives and regret not having traveled more.
4. Choose your partner with extreme care.
The key is not to rush the decision, taking all the time needed to get to know the prospective partner and to determine your compatibility over the long term.
5. Say it now.
People wind up saying the sad words “it might have been” by failing to express themselves before it’s too late. Don’t believe the “ghost whisperers”—the only time you can share your deepest feelings is while people are still alive.
And another important point—go easy on yourself. You won’t get a second of your life back—so don’t waste any of it!