Today I turn 42. In my feeble years on the this dirt clod we call Earth, I have made many mistakes but also done some fun things. I have been blessed with people in my life who have pushed me to keep going and have been blessed with great critics who tried to bring me down. I have had successes and failures. I have made friends and lost friends. I have been hurt and I have hurt people. I have regretted parts of life and gloried in others.

I have lived because I have been given an opportunity. I am not perfect nor will I be until I close my eyes and open them on the other side. I decided long ago to live a life of no regrets. I decided this so I can live now and no one will have to lie about my life later.

I know you did not ask for any other this, but here are 42 Things I Learned at 42

  1. When someone offers you a breath mint, take it.
  2. When you have a choice between friends and truth; choose truth. In truth, you will find your true friends.
  3. Buy for quality, not for price.
  4. Always family before work. You can find more work, but you only have one family.
  5. Your best relationships happen over time.
  6. Eat to live, not live to eat.
  7. Invest in memories more than investing in money.
  8. Spend so much time complimenting others you do not have time to criticize them.
  9. A handwritten card means more than 1,000 text messages.
  10. Stop whining about failures and write them down to learn from them.
  11. Do not simply be religious, be a Christian.
  12. Many times, the best thoughts are not the newest thoughts.
  13. Put your marriage before your children.
  14. Dr. Seuss was a pretty smart guy.
  15. Time is more valuable than money.
  16. 99% of fights are not worth it.
  17. Plan the week ahead or someone will plan it for you.
  18. It is better to be strict on your children now, than regret not being strict later.
  19. Start retirement early.
  20. Be a student of learning not a student of television.
  21. Many times, the best thing to say is nothing at all.
  22. Learn to read and read early.
  23. Write every day, no matter what the day brings or what the day brought.
  24. Turn off technology during the week.
  25. Stop whining and start doing.
  26. Your past does not determine your destiny, you do.
  27. Remove the words “I wish I would have” and “I should have” from your vocabulary.
  28. A few small great things everyday leads to a greater life tomorrow.
  29. Apologize often.
  30. Read every day.
  31. Learn to have a discussion.
  32. Strength is not found in how much weight you can lift, but how many people you lift up.
  33. Get some sleep. It is important for your health.
  34. Life is not about making other people happy, it is about helping them become better.
  35. Embarrass your kids. They will thank you later.
  36. Stop worrying about what people think and live what you know is right.
  37. Do not always tell others what they can’t do, tell them what they can do.
  38. Learn how to breathe.
  39. Some of the best things you will ever learn will not be from school.
  40. Collect memories not things.
  41. Do not be a problem finder, be a solution seeker.
  42. Love people; whether you think they are unlovable or not.

Just my thoughts,


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