• Kate Nelson-Foster

Valuable Lessons I Wish I Learned Earlier-In 23,226 Days and Counting

Updated: Nov 22, 2021




You’re only wise if you know that you’re never done learning — Author Unknown

My soul has gathered bits and pieces of wisdom from an array of people. To say I am grateful is an understatement. Their knowledge has been juxtaposed and synthesized in my heart and is a beautiful and treasured mosaic that guides me.

King Solomon said there is nothing new under the sun. Yet, somehow our unique journeys take what is old, compile it, and create personalized discoveries.

No man is an island. Perhaps the most valuable thing I’ve learned is how much we need each other to find our way.

Here are a few valuable take-aways in my journey of learning:

  • It’s true. You can learn something from every person you come in contact with, but you have to look. Sometimes the message comes in unexpected packages. Be alert for the lessons of the soul.

  • Look for the wise. They are planted in every nation. You will know the wise by their confusing kindness and remarkable courage. When you find them, listen. They were sent to help you.

  • People of older age, we must humble ourselves to learn from those who are younger. They teach us about today’s new world. They have fresh ideas that we must respect. Their hope is infectious. We can use some.

  • People of younger age humble yourselves to learn from those who have gone before you. They can teach you how to not only survive but thrive in tough times. They have time-tested ideas and grit worthy of respect.

Serving the Great God Be-Right isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

  • Follow your gut. Your real gut. The deep-inside-you gut. If you listen close, it’s the truest voice you’ll ever hear.

  • Sometimes you have to jump. It doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks about your decision.

  • Do just one thing today to improve your life. You can build on it tomorrow if you want…or later today.

  • Be your most genuine you. Tell the truth. First to yourself. Then to others. Telling the truth to yourself reminds you that you are not a god; you share the human condition. It’s a kindness check.

  • Kindness can seem cruel. But then so can surgery.


We can build a house of cards, or we can build a house of hearts-the choice is ours.

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