33 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons

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Have you ever had an epiphany? One of those “a-ha” moments where something just clicks for you? Maybe it’s something you’ve been struggling with for a long time, or maybe it was a piece of advice you learned from a friend. Whatever the source of our insight, it’s these moments that bring us to a deeper understanding of our world. The better understanding we have of life, the more we live in the truth.

Below are 33 of the most powerful lessons in my life. I encourage you to share yours with us by leaving a comment below. =)

  1. Often those who aren’t the easiest to love are the ones who need it the most.
  2. Seeing children play can make even the bluest day brighter.
  3. Money is not the root of all evil, fear is.
  4. The secret to happiness is the acceptance of yourself.
  5. Happiness is not based on external status, it is an internal state.
  6. Money can’t make me happy, but self-sufficiency gives me the freedom to share myself creatively, without worrying about how I’m going to pay the bills.
  7. Every man has a right to choose his own destiny.
  8. The path is the way.
  9. Coming is going, going is coming.
  10. The hardest is found in the easiest.
  11. Heaven and hell exist here and now, within your own mind.
  12. Life is the largest stage.
  13. Music is one of the most supreme expressions of life. It is art in it’s most transitory form. It is gone within an instant, and therefore, extremely precious.
  14. Follow your gut, you’ll thank yourself later.
  15. Remember what your mother taught you, it came from the most sacred place of love that exists.
  16. Never let an argument last, never hold a grudge, it will make your heart heavy.
  17. Forgive those that have yet to do you wrong, and you won’t have to worry about it should the time come.
  18. Be grateful for this moment, it is all there is.
  19. The source of most of your frustrations and anxiety are the result of living in the future, or the past.
  20. Spend time alone with yourself every day.
  21. Always go with yourself, never against yourself.
  22. You have to be your own best friend.
  23. If you don’t like what someone else says to you, you can walk away. But if you don’t like what you say to yourself, you can’t walk away. Therefore, if you’re going to be with yourself all the time, you might as well be nice to yourself.
  24. The truth shall indeed set you free.
  25. Lies only exist if we believe in them.
  26. Even the most fundamental beliefs about reality are not true in themselves. Our thinking makes them true in our experience.
  27. Your thoughts create reality.
  28. The biggest lie is the lie of your imperfection.
  29. Being kind is more important than being right.
  30. Your heart is your best compass.
  31. Cherish those that you love, you never know if you’ll see them again.
  32. Your beliefs are a filter for your reality.
  33. Love is the supreme expression of life, it is the essence and ground of all creation.

Read part two of this series: 33 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons (pt. 2)

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Carla Sonheim

Great list… good luck with your 30 days!


you hate others for not what they do, but for that part of yourself which you dont like.


Great list… Made me think :)


My saying would be “Live life or die.”


I would add one more:

Love all, hate none!

Paul Maxwell

Very insightful….Thanks


I agree with 32. All the best


Valuable list to live by. I sent the site to my son in Iraq….maybe it was number 15,17 or 30 that made me want to…but if he takes just 1 as his mantra… life will be good him! Thanks!


‘life is a journey, not a destination’

Kushal Dhodari

I think that Without destination, life is meaningless.


I love the list, there are some really great tips on there. I’m not sure about number 1 though. I spent a long time trying to love someone who was hard to love. It was a huge waste of my time, energy and emotions. Sometimes you just have to walk away from these people.

I would have to disagree. Everything happens for a reason. Now or later, You have made a change in both your life and the other person. I’m one of these people. Who is hard to love but I give many thanks to those who have loved me. Even though at the time I feel they wasted their time. Now I have come to realize they did not. I now love with an open heart and walk with an open mind. So I give many thanks to people like you who have a heart large enough to love people like myself.… Read more »

GREAT work Jonathan. First off, I love the photo. I also agree with most of your points, especially the one re: acceptance. SO true…
I look forward to following your progress along my man,


Good list. However, it’s not “money is the root of all evil”.. it’s “The love of money is the root of all evil”. Still good thoughts.


Thanks Jon, those are great. Here’s one I’ve been grasping with lately in my life…

“Thinking, or more precisely identification with thinking, gives rise to and maintains the ego, which, in our Western society in particular, is out of control. It believes it is real and tries hard to maintain its supremacy. Negative states of mind, such as anger, resentment, fear, envy, and jealousy, are products of the ego.” Eckhart Tolle


Great post! I linked you on my site and I’m defiantly going to become one of your most avid readers! great work bro.


@ Dudley: That was essentially Camus’ philosophy.

@ Stash: I hope your son can find some value in this list. I am truly humbled. I wish him the best and safety in his stay.

@ Emma: I completely agree with you. I think the key is showing love to those that are difficult to love is true compassion. But if they are abusive you can’t keep them in your life. It’s a hard lesson to learn.

@ Clay: Thanks for linking me, I truly appreciate it.

Robert @ reason4smile

Hi Jon, can you share more about this one…
# The biggest lie is the lie of your imperfection.


Miriam Van Raalte

I think it means “you are perfect just the way you are.” (Kind of sounds like Mr. Rogers, doesn’t it?)


Thanks, Jonathan, for sharing. We appear to share so many similar thoughts. It’s great that you put them down all in a list!

With much appreciation,

Stephen Grose


That is a powerful list. I’ve been working on getting to there, perhaps the goal is I should just be there.



I appreciate that you shared your thoughts. Made me think and frankly helped me with some personal issues.

Cath Lawson

Hi Jonathon – what a wonderful list. 31 is my favourite.

Bruce from Brucisms.com

Nice post Jonathan. You should expand on each one – sounds like 33 new articles!

(I’ll come back to read them all)


James D. Newman

When it comes to facts and other people’s decisions, how I feel about things makes no difference whatsoever.

Desika Nadadur | I Am My Own Master

Great list, Jonathan.



Heaven and hell exist here and now, within your own mind.
As a Christian, this is the only one I disagree with,


Some Beautiful Thoughts Jon. Sadly As far as #15, Not all of us where blessed with Loving Mothers.I spent over 40 years (and many hours of therapy) trying to Please a Cold, very sick women. She “bore my fathers 5 children,Out of her duty,”(her own words)the word Love was never mentioned. Be Thankful.


I found this poem on a scrap of paper after writing it down over ten years ago.

“This above all to Your own self be true. Be Your own closest friend and be gentle with You”.

I believe the author is P.K Hallinan but I didn’t google that name?

Thanks for reminding me


@ Robert: I’ll be elaborating on that one in a future post.. so stay tuned!

@ vith: Thank you, I’m glad I could help! =)

@ Bruce: That’s one of the great things about doing lists like this, it helps you come up with ideas for future articles.

@ Debi: It’s unfortunate that not all of us had loving mothers. However, I think we’ve all had at least some kind of mother-figure in our lives. In that case, it’s best to follow her advice rather than your own mother.

@ cribcat: That’s a great poem, thanks for sharing that.

Terry McDaniel
Jonathan….. Over the years I have found one statement to be true: “It worked so well, I stopped doing it” Terry McDaniel…..It’s true… Just like a pilot, we need a check list…Our daily walnuts….. What is important and what is urgent often gets me off track. No one cares how much money you have…unless they want some… but everyone one cares about the person who makes the other person feel important…..The Power to Forgive becomes a binary solution…. “Yes you do or No you don’t”… Eventually, the “no you don’t” consumes you… I have a list of Terryisms I have… Read more »

If anything, let your lack of ability beat you. Just don’t let your pride beat you.


Great post, I enjoyed reading all your inspiring lessons. If I could have given you 2 Thumbs up on Stumble, I would have. Cheers, keep up the amazing work.


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jersey girl

this is cool


About the number 1: You don’t have to accept thair actions, just accept them.

Or, don’t hate someone for thair actions, hate the actions, but love the person..

Dos that make sence?


4, 8 ,11, 13, 16, 18, 19, 21, 31, 32, and 33 really hit home with me.

Might I add that this physical world is a collective manifestation of the self, of all selves, of consciousness?


We are all eternal spirits, experiencing our own separate human existences.


Hi! Very well stated list.

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Maria Serafini

We are tentacles of the Source, (or God or whatever you’re comfortable calling It) neurons on the sensitive tips of It’s fingers.


Some good stuff here but I am confused, it says: Follow your gut….
and later # Your heart is your best compass.
Is the heart telling the gut where to go so that you can follow him?
My fav is 31.


You are a beautiful person for thinking and writing such amazing quotes. i will live by them and it just made my existance that much better i loved every single one i relate to them they are so wonderful thank you <3 !


nice useful list.

Bob Dobbs

34. Sometimes you have to destroy the village to save it.


Great list! I am really enjoying your blog. I recently wrote a post on my blog EnlightenYourDay.com, where I hope to spark a debate regarding the most important questions in life. I thought you might enjoy giving some thoughts and feedback on this subject. Check it out at the following: http://enlightenyourday.com/2008/07/03/a-debate-on-the-most-important-questions-in-life/

Any comments would be greatly appreciated.


Good Site!
One of my thoughts:
Never stop learning: To Learn Is To Stay Ahead In Life


“you are and will become that which occupies your mind”


How lovely….affirmed many of my own thoughts.

Dhane Diesil

WOW! This is soo true!!@


21. A test in life is something that goes against your nature. If you pass you will grow. Sometimes you must go against yourself.


25. Not true.. Even if I do not believe in a lie it exists. The way to avoid the damage from a lie, which is real, is to be able to differentiate between the lie and truth. Regardless of whether or not I believe it or don’t believe it. Sometimes that isn’t even enough to stop the damage. 99% truth is 100% false – Rebbe Nachman of Breslov


26. Again not true.. Your experience is based on your senses which often times will mislead you. Reality is truth and sometimes one is capable of being in tune with it and most of the time not. The effort in life is to connect with the truth all the time. There are ways to work on this.


33. Define love.

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