Imagine a treasure chest. It’s filled with life’s gems, nuggets of wisdom I’ve stumbled upon over years, through trials, triumphs, slips, and surges. They sparkle with cliches, quotes, and handpicked wisdom. I stow these gems, not for show, but for my sons, the lessons I wish to pass on, nuggets to navigate life’s labyrinth.

But some nuggets gleam brighter. Some wisdom whispers louder. The essentials. Today’s picks? Here goes:

First, it’s the golden rule. Treat all souls as you wish to be treated. No exceptions. Next, find the good in everyone. It’s there, waiting to be seen. Remember, the path to expertise is often paved with persistence and a willingness to be a novice first. Patience is a virtue. Let others rush, wait for your moment.

Honesty? Non-negotiable. Lies complicate, truth simplifies. Plus, with truth, there’s nothing to remember. Priorities, they’re your compass in the sea of choices. A fox chasing two rabbits catches none. Remember, bitterness is a poison you drink hoping someone else dies. Let it go.

Leave your mark, but make it a good one. Leave things better than you found them. And love, let it flow freely, unashamedly. There’s no shame in showing you care. There’s only strength. These are not just words. They’re compass points for a journey well-traveled. Take them, use them, pass them on.

Stephen Boudreau serves as VP of Brand and Community at Virtuous Software. For over two decades, he has helped nonprofits leverage the digital space to grow their impact. To that end, Stephen co-founded RaiseDonors, a platform that provides nonprofits with technology and experiences that remove barriers to successful online fundraising. He is an avid (but aging) soccer player, audiobook enthusiast, and the heavily-disputed UNO champion of his household.

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