Where does the time go? A question that’s easy to ponder when we reflect and see just how far we’ve come. I’ve been lucky to spend my summers in summer camp since I was a child. After 8 years attending and 14 years working in summer camp, I still get excited when the weather warms up and summer creeps upon us.
In January, I took some time to put into words many of the lessons I’ve learned in 22 years. While these rules may apply to me at summer camp, they also apply to many other areas and situations in life. Here are just a few lessons I’d like to share, many of which I learned from doing things the wrong way, working with some of the most awesome kids (yes, kids teach the most valuable of lessons in my opinion), and working with and for some great people.
Here’s a sneak peek of some lessons from Life Lessons From Summer Camp.
There’s only so much we can control. Don’t try to control what we can’t. Don’t drive yourself crazy trying to control things you can’t. This involves mother nature, other people, and much else. Oftentimes we get to over thinking because our crazy brains will play tricks on us. The worst of things often never happen, and things usually work out for the best. Don’t spend your days burning energy on what doesn’t matter.
Most change is tough, at first. Change is tough, but welcome it. New opportunities are born from change. While it may seem difficult, there is always an opportunity to learn. A new change in scenery can present a new opportunity to learn something. Even if what you learn is “bad”, you’ll know that you won’t do that thing again.
Life can pretty much be summarized with two rules. Be safe and have fun. Finally, after years of spending hours covering rules, I learned that life can always be summarized with two of them. If we are safe, that’ll cover most of the harmful physical, emotional, and other rules we would normally apply. And you’ve got to have fun, always.
Actions speak louder than words. Always. What you were going to do will never be done. Your intentions matter little. Just do it. Your actions will always speak louder than words. Say less and do more.
Perfection doesn’t exist, but it doesn’t hurt to aim for it. There’s not such thing as perfect, but trying to get to 99% is worth the effort a lot of the time.
People will remember you, so let the memory be great. One of the most famous quotes in regards to this is:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” –Maya Angelou
People remember. Maybe not every little detail, but the feelings are what will be remembered. It might be broken down to the chemicals and neuronal connections we make in our brains when we experience thoughts and emotions, but we will just stick to this: People will remember.
Greatness surrounds you. People, things, places, and yourself. Greatness is around you. Sometimes we’ve got to slow down, open our eyes, open our hearts and minds, and acknowledge it.
Get priorities in order. The Pareto Principle states that 80% of your results come from 20% of your efforts. Find the right 20% to focus on in life, and the results will flow in.
Life isn’t always fair. Get used to it, get over it, get on with it, and overcome it the best that you can.
There’s a lot more really, but this is a good summary if you’re seeking a little pick me up. You will be okay and life could be great. Life is about perception and you can change your perception. If you change your thinking, you can change your life.
Live well people.