5 Things you need to know today

1. Your life is impermanent.

Self explanatory.  No matter what your spiritual beliefs, this life has limits.  Cherish every moment.

2. Life has whatever meaning you give it.

So many people, myself included, waste so many years searching for a pre-packaged purpose to be placed at their feet.  Save yourself some time.  Create a purpose from your values and beliefs.  Creating a list of principles, values, and beliefs is a good place to start.

3. You can ( and do) make a difference.

Everything you do ( or don't do ) makes a difference.  No man is an island.  All of your choices affect everyone else in your life in one manner or another.  Are you adding value?

4. Almost any mistake can be corrected. 

Learn from your mistakes but don't dwell.  Don't live in the past.  Correct your mistakes and move on.  When necessary, ask forgiveness.

5. You are not alone.

You are never alone.  Distance yourself from the negative people in your life and connect with the positive people.  Sometimes just surrounding yourself with  positive people can make all of the difference. 

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  1. Hi Dan,

    Loved this point: 'Almost any mistake can be corrected'

    I've found that to be true over time. When you're in the middle of a mistake, or its consequences, that can be so hard to see. Your point is a great one for helping keeping perspective.


    1. The same one resinated with me too. It really is true but fear of failures has kept me from taking chances too many times.

  2. I loved "You Can (and do) Make a Difference." Kind of relevant to some of the struggles and decisions I've been dealing with lately.

  3. Life's truths. I especially like number 2. You give meaning to your life. Reminds me of this quote: "I am the master of my fate. I am the captain of my soul."

  4. I like your web presence. I am going to spend some time familiarizing myself with people on your blog roll like James Altucher... I like your writing too; it helps me feel less alone because it's hard to practice simplicity in the Bay Area, CA. As a blogger myself, This is a top notch site.

  5. Hi..,We can do our best to avoid negative and cynical people, (which I used to be myself) and equally important focus on surrounding ourselves with people who we love and care about the most. And hopefully as an added bonus they are positive, encouraging, and help us become a better person.