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Wisdom for the next generation

I am working  late on a Friday night in my coding closet and I am just overwhelmed with how many blessings God continues to provide – A good job, a few friends, a close family, decent health, a home which meets our needs.

I can go on and on, but here is a little wisdom for the next generation from an over the hill veteran software engineer with only one good eyeball.  Share this if you agree.

To all of you young kids out there – live life to the fullest. Leave it all on the field. You have one shot on this planet.  Be more than the dash between your years etched in granite.

Walk like a lion. Protect and serve those around you.

Surround yourself with people smarter than you. Pass your learning on and give your mentors credit.

Be patient with yourself. Be patient with others.  We are all works in progress.

Eat dinner around the table with all electronics off.

Challenge your kids to make the world a better place when you drop them off.  Ask them what they did to make it a better place at dinner. You will learn a lot about your children.

Take care of yourself.  Be responsible with your time, money and gifts. Be humble. Help others because it’s the right thing to do regardless of religion, politics, or morals.

Remember that simply being kind to someone may be just what they need at the right time to save their life.

Find someone to love for your lifetime. Fight for it, don’t fight with them.  That person will watch your six. Surprise them often.   Thank them for what they do. Keep them laughing.  Celebrate the little things.  Have personal traditions with them that nobody else knows. Flirt with each other every day. Don’t go to bed mad.  Don’t leave the house without telling them you love them. Look them in the eyes when you tell them.  Don’t use the silent treatment as a weapon.

Apologize when you are wrong – without strings.

Don’t just have a job.  Do what you love and just call it work. Learn every day.  Refactor when needed.  Take pride in your workmanship. Cultivate your craft.

Be a sharing person.

Realize life is a journey, not a destination. Don’t be so focused on the future that you don’t look out the windows as it goes by.

Save some cash for a rainy day – or an emergency – or someone in need. Participate in guerrilla ministry and if you are able, buy someone’s groceries or pay their utilities and watch what happens.

It’s also fun to do that in secret.

Everything has a return.  Everything.

Pet animals and wait for the smiles. Be aware cats may have a murder  button so don’t trigger that.

Eat healthy but splurge on something horrible for you every now and then because life is a one way street.

Don’t take yourself too seriously.  We don’t take you seriously.

Bad times – this too shall pass. Good times – this too shall pass.

Sleep-in every now and then even when you have too much to do.  Keep a dream journal.

Read poetry and understand what it’s really trying to say.

Keep a prayer journal. Tell God everything. Prayers do not return void. Be careful you may not get what you expect.

Read the Bible – it’s full of unfathomable wisdom, love, hope, and mercy.  It is real, not a fairytale.

God loves you no matter what you have done and the angels celebrate when you turn to face to search for God. You will find him if you seek him.

You cannot be too far away from God to ask for forgiveness.

Hope for things yet unseen.

You will find rest you can’t explain when you stand with the lamp at your feet or look down a well lit path. Jesus is big enough for anything you ask of Him. He will give you what you need, not necessarily what you want. Ask God to fill your cup so you can overflow into the lives of others  

Life is not a competition to see who can own the most stuff   Stuff doesn’t go to heaven or hell   It too shall pass

God will forgive you as you forgive others.

God will forgive you as you forgive others.

That’s not a typo. It’s worth restating. Do you see the catch 22 in the Lord’s Prayer about forgiveness?

When you forgive, you better mean it because you will be forgiven in like measure   

Listen to others with your eyeballs.

Rejoice in your success.  Rejoice in the success of others and don’t be jealous.

Look for the opportunities with every failure.  Don’t take setbacks so hard.

Learn how to pivot  

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