30 Life Lessons; from keeping secrets, to the scarcity of common sense


Here are some of life’s lessons that I have learnt over the years. They are really helpful to keep in mind when life happens!


  1. Nothing is ever quite as bad or quite as good as it first appears.
  2. What’s known by two is a secret, what’s known by three is known by all. A very wise friend taught me this, and he was right!
  3. Common sense isn’t that common. Explain clearly!
  4. Don’t worry about missing a phone call, if it’s good news they’ll call back.
  5. Don’t waste time trying to convince resistant people of your point of view, ‘A man convinced against his will is of the same opinion still.’ (Deepak Chopra told me that)
  6. You can’t be too generous. Give what you can, whether its time, money or compliments. If you think something positive say it out loud. If you don’t, keep it to yourself and ask yourself what this says about you!
  7. Never add salt to a meal someone has prepared for you until after you’ve tasted it. The cook finds this very insulting. Believe me!
  8. Don’t joke with security people at airports, unless you are prepared to miss your flight.
  9. Everyone is waiting to be caught out. See people’s vulnerabilities and be gentle.
  10. Don’t judge people for their life choices, or you may find the Universe gives you the opportunity to experience something similar.

    The Universe is listening

  11. Don’t feel intimidated by seemingly confident and loud people, they are often the most insecure. Ignore their showing off and try to be kind to them, however annoying they may be.  It makes them quieter! Result!
  12. You can only act from your own level of consciousness. But you can raise your level of  consciousness, so do! Learn to meditate and do it daily.

    Meditation is great!

  13. Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have.
  14. Don’t trample on someone else’s dreams. Cultivate the habit of being uplifting.
  15. Don’t share your dreams with people who will trample on yours. Dream big and believe!
  16. If you blame your parents for your failings then its only fair to credit them with all your achievements. Remember point 13 applies to your parents too.
  17. A walk on the beach cures most things.

    A walk on the beach. A cure for almost everything.

  18. You can’t establish your happiness on the basis of someone else’s misery. If your actions are causing suffering to someone else you need to think again. This doesn’t include embarrassing your children, that’s a law of nature, and for them, a rite of passage!
  19. Don’t look for revenge. Karma will take care of all that for you in its own good time. The best revenge is to get on with your life and enjoy it to the full.
  20. Don’t assume people know how great they are. Thank authority figures, speakers, coaches, teachers, doctors etc. for the great work they’ve done. Think how you would feel receiving the same response.
  21. Listen to your body’s response when you think about eating something. It will tell you how much it would enjoy that food, or not! You ignore these messages at your peril.

    A bowl of goodness

  22. Children watch everything you say and do. Say and do good stuff and don’t try to live vicariously through them. Support them in their interests, don’t impose yours.
  23. If you start the day in a bad mood make yourself list all the things in your life to be grateful for. It really works.
  24. Don’t guess out loud when opening a present. It could be embarrassing if you say, ‘An iPad’ and it turns out to be a cook-book. It’s difficult to recover from that.
  25. Don’t tell someone that you never liked their partner when they split up. They will get back together again within the month.

    Never comment on someone else’s partner

  26. If you take your phone to bed with you, you have a problem.
  27. If you’re are spending time on Facebook telling the world how busy you are, you have too much time on your hands.
  28. A smile goes a long way, costs nothing and could make someone’s day.
  29. Travelling, while broadening the mind, doesn’t in itself solve your problems. That’s why it’s called ‘baggage’ – you take it with you. There’s nowhere to hide, that baggage has your name tag on it.
  30. Remember the Chinese saying, ‘The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now.’ You can only act in the present. Don’t look back, you’re not going that way.

Let me know what your favourite life lessons are. I’d love to hear from you.


You can only act in the now

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