Where Do I Start?
Let me start by saying I do not consider myself an Expert by any means about life, but I do feel like I have learned many things by making the wrong choices along the way. I also want to say right upfront that I am not writing here to pass some judgement on how you should live your life. I simply want to put forth some information for you to take a look at and see if there is merit in how to live a more happy and fulfilling life. (ok, enough disclaimer)
If I could show you how to possibly not make some mistakes in life, Before you make them, would that be good information? Everyone on this planet has been raised with different circumstances, even if you are in the same family. I am the fourth child of four, (yes the baby of the family), and as the fourth, I know that my circumstances were very different from my older siblings. Just the fact that there are 7+ years between me and my older brother, and 12-14 years between me and my older sisters will tell you that my parents had a number of years of parenting experience between when they started being parents and when I was born. Then there is the fact that by age 6, both of my sisters were married and out of the house. I’m sure you get the idea of what I am talking about here, a very big contrast in my circumstances of growing up verses my older sisters and my brother. Just to finish up this first thought, I was pretty much an only child (at home) by age 8, so I had Mom and Dad to myself for the most part, and that created many different circumstances for me verses my siblings.
So, my focus in this article is to give you some pointers on how you can live your life and maybe miss making some common mistakes for all us humans. You will still make your share of mistakes, but if you can make less than you might have, that could be a major difference in your life.
If you have never studied any Bible or Religious writings before, don’t quit on me. Here is the First point I want to impress upon you, Keep an Open Mind from this day forward about information coming into your life. I heard it said once that the mind is like a parachute, it only works when it is opened. Two books I highly recommend for starting out in life are Proverbs, which you will find in any Bible, and As a Man Thinketh, By James Allen, these two go very well together.
If you were going to take a College level course on life, and the following was the synopsis, would it interest you?
Pro 1:2 Proverbs will teach you wisdom and self-control and how to understand sayings with deep meanings.
Pro 1:3 You will learn what is right and honest and fair.
Pro 1:4 From these, an ordinary person can learn to be smart, and young people can gain knowledge and good sense.
I know there are many today that want children to just kinda raise themselves, (not really) but in terms of figuring it all out, not really giving any life instruction. Letting the television, radio and now the internet supply all the information to our youngest minds. Again, many will say that it is going really well, but the unfortunate statistics paint a very different picture.
Violent crimes are out of control. Divorce has been 50%+ for a generation now, death by abortion has claimed over 50 Million lives that never even had a chance at life, and Lying is an acceptable practice throughout our Government and Legal System. Oh ya, I almost forgot, our Jails here in The United States have more people by percentage of population incarcerated than Any Country on Earth.
That last paragraph is just a few high points, I could go on for many pages on statistics of how we are failing as a people. So what are the answers for living a better life?
Start with You, and work from there. The late Steven Covey, said when you learn something new, the best way to make it stick, is to start Teaching what you have learned in the first 24 hours. This thought alone is something very foreign in our society. Pretty much saying Anything to Anyone these days is considered taboo, because it might offend someone.
I believe you must have something in life to lean on as Truth. One example is in Math, you have a form of measurement called a ruler, it is 12 inches long and is used by anyone who makes anything. There are tables of numbers for Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division. Two plus two is four, and that is and always has been the Truth on this subject, so if someone comes along and tells you, well I think that two plus two is five, you know this person is mistaken or confused about the simplest of number equations.
While I know the Bible is a controversial subject, and almost no one can agree on anything written there in, the Book of Proverbs is a book of common sense sayings that you can read, and consider, and know in your own mind that you are dealing with solid information you can rely upon.
Here is one example from Proverbs, and one that you will readily see, if our Society was teaching this in the homes, we would not have many of the problems we have.
Pro 1:10 Don’t be tempted by sinners or listen
Pro 1:11 when they say, “Come on! Let’s gang up and kill somebody, just for the fun of it!
Pro 1:12 They’re well and healthy now, but we’ll finish them off once and for all.
Pro 1:13 We’ll take their valuables and fill our homes with stolen goods.
Pro 1:14 If you join our gang, you’ll get your share.”
Pro 1:15 Don’t follow anyone like that or do what they do.
I’m sure you can see how teaching of this would change our country over night.
It is not my intent to give you Everything here in one article, but rather just a taste and a direction. Having a Desire within yourself to grow and be a better person each day is all that is needed to start on your own journey.
I will finish with this thought. Most have heard of The Golden Rule, taught by Jesus about 2000 years ago, but surely spoken of by others even farther back in history. “Do or treat others the Same way You yourself want to be treated”. I can Promise you if you consider this rule each and every day, Your life will be better, knowing that You have been the type of person you would like every person you come in contact to be.
Make for yourself a Great Life, You Do Deserve it.