Things in Life I Underestimated for Way Too Long

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Ralph Waldo Emerson said this about gratitude: 

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” 

It’s so easy to get caught up in our daily routines and responsibilities that we forget to show appreciation for the people, things, and experiences we have. 

Because as Emerson said, everything (good and bad) in our life contributes to who we are and where we are in life. This is something I didn’t appreciate until recently, to be honest with you.

I thought, “I’m a grateful person. I say thank you a lot.” But that’s not enough. When I was reading Emerson, I finally realized I was NOT grateful for many things in my life. I’m glad I realized it now. 

In this article, I share some of the important things I’ve underestimated in my life for way too long, and how appreciating these lessons made me happier.

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Cicero: Why Frugality is The Root of Riches

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Marcus Tullius Cicero was one of ancient Rome’s most well-known philosophers, writers, and statesmen. But he showed how even privileged people can practice frugality. 

Despite being born into wealth and not having to worry about money during his entire lifetime, Cicero was a frugal person.

During his governorship of the Roman province of Cilicia in 51 BC, Cicero also applied his philosophy of frugality to the administration of his office. This made him immensely popular among the local population. 

Cicero once said:

“The world has not yet learned the riches of frugality.”

The fact that he was so frugal and emphasized the importance of it is remarkable. If he desired, he could live the most lavish life. But instead, he chose philosophy, morals, and frugal living. 

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Living with Intention: Lessons on The Brevity of Life

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How would you change your life today if I told you that in 3 years, you would die? That’s a good thought experiment if you want to live your life with intention.

Look, life is short. We all know it. And yet, we get stuck in the mundanity. We do the same thing day in and day out. 

We hardly ever think, “I won’t live forever.”

Sometimes we read a really prolific book that makes us think. Maybe it’s Man’s Search For Meaning or On The Shortness of Life.

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Warren Buffett: Be an Emotional Person, Just Not With Your Money

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“Have we ever made an emotional decision?” Warren Buffett asked his long-time business partner and friend, Charlie Munger, at the 2023 Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder’s meeting. Being emotional with money is common with most people, after all.

Munger, as dry as he always is, answered without thinking1Source: YouTube:


Buffett said that he had never made an emotional investment decision in his life. And Munger agreed.

This was my favorite takeaway from their annual meeting. And it doesn’t come as a surprise. Buffett and Munger are famous for their rational decision-making.

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