12 Advises for No Regret

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12 Advises for No Regret

Postby Gaius Florius Aetius » Thu Mar 29, 2018 3:27 am

12 Advises for No Regret
Gaius Florius Aetius
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Someday you will be before the Highest Judge, you will look back on your life. So, here are 12 Advises that hopefully you have less regret on your final day.

1. Give praise to people who better the world.

People contribute to the betterment of the world in many ways, small and big. Some give us new perspectives to see things; some create and distribute beauty in forms of art; some give others courage and hope. Take each day a bit time to thank and encourage people who do that. Do not only comment, when you want to criticize, but also when people do things good. Even small things.

2. Know what you want.

There is no real way to progress if you have no vision where and what you want to become in the future. It is important. Do not expect things to come to you by itself. If you do not have goals, all directions you go are wrong.

3. Know thyself.

It is the ancient word of the God Apollo. Without knowing your character, it is difficult to be at harmony with the world. We all have our different individuality, if you do not take effort to know yourself truly, but deceive yourself about who and what sort of person you are, you will never get along with the world around you. This may be being overly critical or praising yourself. We all have strengths and weaknesses. Neither are reasons to freak out. Make peace with who you are and work with what you have inside yourself.

4. Learn to be creative.

If you can express yourself, it helps in life a lot. It doesn't have to be professional, it can be anything, crafting, drawing, writing, knitting. Anything. There is a state of mind, where you lose yourself in, if you are creative and produce something that add some small beauty to the world. Anyone can learn something. Make a bit time in your life for that.

5. Tell people you love them.

We hear that way too little. You have family, friends, buddies. Let them know with your words from time to time you appreciate them being in your life.

6. Nurture piety.

We may all have different views of what piety this. It doesn't have to be religious, it can be spiritual, or just a general philosophical view on the cosmos. This planet alone is so wonderful, diverse, fascinating and awe inspiring. Know you are part of something great and nurture your humility and piety being part of a Greater Whole. Be aware of the gifts given to you, by people you meet, chances you get and a wonderful cosmos around you.

7. Do not give unwanted advise.

This is something many people have the greatest difficulty with. They want others to succeed, but meddle with their affairs constantly. Let anyone walk his or her own path. We all are responsible for our doings. Be a friend, when someone asks, but do not push your view on others by constantly telling them what to do.

8. Honor the past.

Today there is a sort of hubris, almost a contempt to the people in the past. No matter what side of history your ancestors were, assume they did what they thought was best. Make peace with that, even if you disagree. People in the past built a lot of the liberties and comforts we inherited. Show respect to that.

9. Trust that you can manage challenges.

If you look back on your life, you will see that you mastered a lot of challenges, and that same reason that allowed to you move on will allow you to master whatever life throws at you. Trust your reason, your abilities, your instincts. There is always a path to move ahead.

10. Tell others you believe in their ability to master challenges.

Likewise, others have all their challenges. But we can believe in ourselves much easier, if someone else believes in us. Small gestures do much. Let people in trouble know, you believe in them. That is not a matter of many idle words, which sound often hollow, but few words of trust can do all the magic.

11. Seek to learn something, never stop educating yourself.

Educating yourself is something that never ends and always is rewarding. It may be a small thing, reading about new stuff, science, history, politics, philosophy, anything your like. Or try to learn a new language. Or anything. It makes life better if you continue learning and expanding your knowledge.

12. Be weary of zealous people.

Truth is complex. What is morally good and bad is sometimes hard to say. Be wary of all people who claim to know it all, who are full of emotional zeal and act like unbalanced and childish people. A good message deserves to be spread calm and collected. Distrust people who are too emotional like a child, who are slaves of their passions.
Advice is judged by results, not by intentions.

- Cicero
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Re: 12 Advises for No Regret

Postby Gaius Florius Lupus » Thu Mar 29, 2018 10:09 am

Salve Aeti!

Mihi valde placet te iterum in foro videre.
Ad rem:
Eventus praeteriti immutabiles sunt, quoniam ita est temporis natura.
Cum nostras actiones praeteritas mutare non possumus, existimatio earum inutilis est. Ergo paenitentia etiam irrationalis est.
Etiamsi eventus praeteriti nos docere possunt, ne errores repetamus, semper tamen aequanimitas conservanda est. Non est differentia inter discendum ab erroribus propriis et discendum ab erroribus alienis. Cum errores alienos autem aequanime examinamus, saepe errores proprios commotius contemplamus. Hoc paenitentiam appellatur.
Necesse est ab hac occupatione inutili omnino abstinere.

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