5 Essential Life Skills

by Kim Myles

January 7th, 2022

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1. Purpose

Your purpose is the reason you get up in the morning. It inspires you to put one foot in front of the other. Finding meaning in life adds to its richness. Whether it’s healing, teaching, or helping others, it is something you’re compelled to do. If you wonder what is your purpose ask yourself, what is the thing you would do without pay, applause, or support?

There are individuals who spend their lives searching for their calling. Presence is purpose. It’s also an opportunity to contribute to the growth of the world, and your own. Understanding yours will give insight into what you may want to pour your life energy into. Otherwise, it’s probably not your calling if you are not willing to invest in it, mind, body, and soul.

“The two most important days in life are the day you’re born and the day you find out why.”

Mark Twain

2. Sense of Humor

“Life sucks, be a lemon.”

Kim Myles

If you think life is playing a bad joke on you, give it a taste of its own medicine. Laughter is the best way not to take life too seriously. Choosing to remain light-hearted during difficult times is one of the healthiest choices a person could make. According to research by the Mayo Clinic, negative thoughts can stress and lower the body’s immunity, but laughter releases neuropeptides in the body, which help to fight stress and potentially other serious health issues. This explains why laughter is the best medicine, after all.

Life has a funny side, too. Look at a platypus (which are lovely animals, by the way) or think about some of the questionable people it may have tossed onto your path. There’s humor all around us. Don’t let negative experiences ruin your funny bone.

3. Patience

“Patience is a bitter plant, but its fruit is sweet.”

Chinese Proverb

Reflecting or pausing is necessary when action isn’t useful. We don’t control what life throws at us, but we’re in charge of how we react to it. Being patient isn’t always easy, but it is an opportunity to test your temperament.

Instant gratification is a conditioning of our modern environment. Many people expect their wants and needs to be fulfilled without delays. There isn’t much you can’t have without the tap of an app. This system may satisfy the ego, but it doesn’t help us appreciate the natural flow of life. Life does things on its own accord. If you exercise patience with the process, it’s unlikely you’d miss an opportunity that’s meant for you.

4. Discernment

It’s harder to become a victim of circumstances if you’re able to identify situations that may create favorable or unfavorable outcomes. Discernment is the ability to distinguish. Your judgment skills influence the direction of your life. It is important to make conscientious choices if you want to be in control.

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In his podcast, Life Coach Dr. Jerry Papali’i discusses how discernment helps us to be better leaders. He explains that good judgment relies on experience, wisdom, and intuition. When we integrate all three, we can arrive at our conclusions with consideration and confidence.

5. Resiliency

Life could be tough to endure if you lack inner balance. Some experiences we go through are harder than others to overcome. When things get tough, it may tempt us to believe the universe is singling us out. But life is an equal-opportunist. Good and bad things happen to everyone. Try not to take it personally. Appreciate all that life lends while understanding nothing is permanent.

Many people experience painful moments, but life never promised it would be easy. Change is the only guarantee it offers. Our experiences expand and transform us. The key isn’t to break when the lessons get too heavy, but to learn how to bend or yield when necessary.

What life skills do you think are necessary?

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