Life’s Handbook

11 Jun

Back in 1971, as I was transitioning back to civilian life, I wrote what I call The Life Handbook. It consisted of a number of one and two sentence phrases that reflected where I saw myself in life and what I considered important to continue on.

PERSPECTIVE – Use it or lose it.

Remember where you came from, where you’re going and why you created the mess you got yourself into in the first place. It’s all good training and you’ll enjoy it more if you keep the facts in mind.

LEARNING is finding out what you already know.
DOING is demonstrating that you know it.
TEACHING is reminding others that they know just as well as you.

We are all learners, doers and teachers.

Use it wisely!

These are just two examples of how my mind works or worked back in 1971. I guess for the most part it still does and I will try to expand on the above “idea” in this post.

Let’s talk about perspective first: If we don’t use it we will lose it. Everything we do in life is because we chose to do it. It is this thing called free will that allows us to chose our path. When we make mistakes, and we all do, we usually learn something from them and in the future we have this perspective not to do it again. If we insist on doing it all over again and the result is the same what have we learned? You created a mess and you are now forced to live with it. When you take the time to reflect on how you got into this mess, you just may decide to change direction and start a new path in life. We always have to option to reinvent ourselves and start a new life path.

That leads us to the next phrase:

When we were born, God had already programed everything we would grow to know in our brains. Learning is what unlocks that knowledge that has been locked away in our brain. Doing or living that knowledge gives us confidence that we know it. Showing others the gateway is teaching others that they know it also. So we are all learners, doers and teachers.

God has blessed us all with gifts that are ours for the asking. They are all locked up inside our brains just waiting for the moment to reveal themselves to us. God has promised us abundance, peace, and eternal life. These treasures are ours for the asking; all we must do is claim them. One of the great mysteries of life is why on earth do so many of us wait so very long to lay claim to God’s gifts?

Life’s Handbook is full of phrases like this, some of them go pretty deep, and all of them are designed to make you think about how you live life. My hope is to present these a little at a time, explaining where I was coming from so that maybe my readers will begin to understand where they are in their life and maybe show them an alternative path to follow.

Walk daily with God at your side!

Love you,

Ed

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