Saturday, April 30, 2011

40 Lessons Of 40: #11-20

Why 40 Lessons of 40? Because I turned 40-years-old on April 25th, and have found that many approach the gift of aging with fear and shame.  These are lessons I have learned in forty years that helped me to live, to laugh, to love, and to cope with loss.  I hope they help you to see that the true fountain of youth is the satisfaction and inspiration you get from growing older.

Lesson #11:  Pain is Inevitable, Suffering Is Optional
Lesson #12: No One Opens Their Mind When They Feel Shamed Or Judged
Lesson #13: Showing Up is 50%
Lesson #14: You Only Dislike Things In Others That You Dislike In Yourself
Lesson #15: The World Is Not Ending
Lesson #16: Life Is Better As An Outsider
Lesson #17: To A Hammer The World Is Filled With Nails
Lesson #18: The Show Must Go On
Lesson #19: There Is No Need To Fear Feelings
Lesson #20: Chronology Does Not Always Bring Maturity

Lessons #21-#30
Lessons #31-#40

Damon L. Jacobs is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist seeing individuals and couples in New York City. He specializes in issues related to stress management, depression, anger management, addiction, ageism, bullying, caretaking fatigue, body image, grief and loss, gay/lesbian issues, as well as couples in non-traditional arrangements. He is the author of "Absolutely Should-less: The Secret to Living the Stress-Free Life You Deserve." To have him speak with your group, or to schedule a counseling visit, call 347-227-7707, or email at

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