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24 Life-Affirming Words Of Wisdom From Johnny Cash

“All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.” Our greatest country star was also our wisest.

1. Open your heart.

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2. Pay respect when it’s due.

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3. Love well.

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4. Forgive yourself.

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5. Be kind.

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6. Commit yourself fully to your passion.

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7. Understand that you’ll be angry sometimes (but not all the time).

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8. Be true to yourself.

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9. Be direct.

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10. Avoid materialism.

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11. Keep your priorities in order.

12. Don’t be afraid to express yourself.

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13. Be compassionate.

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14. Expand your mind.

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15. Appreciate nature.

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16. Disregard hateful people.

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17. Keep your life in order.

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18. Never be judgmental.

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19. Love your family well.

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20. Be true to yourself.

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21. Trust your instincts.

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22. Never give up.

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23. Music is life.

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24. Be grateful for the time you have.

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