What are the top 10 things that we should be informed about in life?

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I came across this post by Leon Jacobs called Life? I’m living it. and I just had to re-post when I found myself agreeing with most of what he had written.

  1. Don’t ever stick anything in your ears. Especially cotton-tipped ear buds. They appear to be soft which will make you careless and cause irreparable damage. Your ears are wonderful self-cleaning devices. If you really want to get rid of excess wax use a syringe and tepid water.
  1. Don’t ever hold back on a sneeze. I knew a guy who did this once and he caused a reversal of pressure that went back up into his skull cavity. It popped a blood vessel in his eye that caused permanent blindness in that eye. Let it go. Bless you.
  1. Sugar is more addictive than crack. And it is killing us. Slowly. But surely.
  1. Treat others like you would like to be treated. This is the most basic teaching of all religion and philosophy and yet it is the hardest thing in the world for us to get right. If we all did this the planet would be transformed. We really should have a meeting about this.
  1. Context is everything. Consider the jetliner. Moving around on the ground it is slow, difficult to manoeuvre and can’t even reverse by itself. Yet once it is in the air it cuts the sky at close to the speed of sound.

  1. Go against convention. Conventional wisdom is bad. It is what the majority of the world follows and the majority of the world is in the big part of the bell-shaped curve. Do things differently and you will end up with a very different result.
  1. There is only now. Worrying about the past is pointless as nobody has figured time travel out yet. Worrying about the future neglects the beauty of today. Living in the moment slows time down and makes you appreciate the gifts you do have. And the most important of those gifts is your time. Which reminds me.
  1. Time is your most valuable possession. You can chase the almighty dollar as much as you like but nothing is more valuable than your time and it is running out slowly but surely. Soon you won’t have any of it left and this chance you got to experience this life, this universe, this beauty – will be gone.
  1. Gather experiences, not things. Since time is your most precious commodity chase experiences, not things. In the end, in those last few moments when your last breath is gathering in your lungs, your bank balance will be the last thing that matters. All that will count, in those moments, is how much you saw and loved and felt.
  1. Leave a legacy, not an estate. I read somewhere that on average, a grave-site is forgotten 12 years after the person died. This means that most people’s lives are forgotten in less than two decades. That is less than a blink of the universe’s eye. If you want to leave something of value, leave a legacy that can live on forever. The names that repeat throughout the millennium are the names of the people who understood this.



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I am a dynamic young lady who loves the Lord and seek to have a joy that no one can take away. My all-time favourite thing to do is gaining discoveries by design from My Father during our time each day. Reading, learning and trying new things falls behind in a close second place. My dream is to use my God-given talents to positively impact as many people as possible. As a proud Wolmerian, with a zest for life, I adhere to the “Age Quod Agis” motto in that whatsoever I do, I always do it to the best of my ability.

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