Wisdom from the ages/aged

Podcaster Lewis Howes asks all of his guests a question he calls "the three truths."

It goes something like this:

Many years from now, it's your last day on Earth. You've lived as long as you wanted to live. You've accomplished everything you've wanted to accomplish. For some reason, everything you've written, recorded, filmed β€” in other words, everything you've ever said publicly β€” has mysteriously been erased. One of your grandchildren (or great-great-great grandchildren, however many generations you wanted to live) approaches you with a pen and paper and asks you for three things that you know to be true.

My favorite that I've ever heard is from Larry King, who said, "Listen. Nobody ever learned anything while they were speaking."

I asked a bunch of folks at the Jewish Educational Alliance the question. While there were a couple of youngsters (mostly facility employees) in attendance, the average age was probably 80ish.

My favorite answer was this:

Seek the intellectual, not the social, as the latter will develop from the former.

I liked it so much, in fact, that Kelvin and I recently discussed it on a JKWD episode. You can listen here:

In no particular order, here's the rest of the advice I received. My favorites are in bold.

  • You have the ability to be happy or sad β€” you have to decide.
  • Everyone needs friends.
  • Everyone deserves a second chance.
  • Forgive, but don't forget.
  • We all die.
  • You can always find good in everyone.
  • At times it is better not to say what you are thinking.
  • If you don't talk to people, you will never meet them.
  • Being nice to people is painless.
  • The sun is rising tomorrow.
  • People are inherently lazy.
  • We run to funerals. Run faster to celebrate.
  • Children cost a lot of money.
  • It doesn't do any good to worry because the outcome will be the same.
  • I know how much I love my family.
  • I know we need to save the Earth and environment for the next generation,
  • I know it's hard to lead if you don't follow and listen first.
  • You don't know what kind of day the other person has had. If they are not being "nice," cut them some slack.
  • If you don't like the weather, wait. This goes for lots of things.
  • Be nice to others.
  • Give more than you take.
  • Admit when you're wrong.
  • Keep your eyes open.
  • Make your mouth closed.
  • Live mindfully.
  • Death.
  • Taxes.
  • Love.
  • Compassion and kindness matter.
  • Try to learn something new every day.
  • You don't have to agree with someone to respect their ideas.
  • Be respectful of others.
  • Live life to the fullest.
  • Love like there is no tomorrow.
  • Humans have two sides: good and bad.
  • Kindness makes friends and happy people.
  • Life is a mixture of happiness and sadness.
  • Family is so important.
  • Helping others is so important.
  • There is a Supreme Being above all of us.
  • Life.
  • Death.
  • Taxes.
  • War.
  • Curiosity.
  • Love.
  • Suffering.
  • Love, peace and patience.
  • I love my wife.
  • There are seven days in a week.
  • Continue to become better each day.
  • Do more of what gives you pleasure each day.
  • Be good to others.
  • There is a G-d.
  • Some things aren't worth arguing about.

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