Amanda Johnson

Love the life you have and have the life you want

Lessons to Learn – Lesson #1


Evolution is a process. Life is a journey, not a destination. Transformation takes time. As I continue growing, changing, learning, evolving, I find that sometimes I “fall short” and need to be reminded of the lessons I am trying to learn and strategies to move me forward. This week I am going to share one “lesson” a day that has recently come in handy for me and might serve as a helpful reminder for others.

Every person has a lesson to learn and a lesson to teach.


Those moments when I’m feeling judgmental or critical – and sometimes that is more often than I’d like to admit – a voice in my head gently reminds me that we are all doing the best that we can. This helps me remember that we are all at the place we need to be in this moment. We all experience pain and suffering, and we all want joy and happiness in our lives. And, I can learn a lesson from each and every person I meet, so long as I greet them with openness, curiosity and compassion.

What lesson have you learned or can you learn from someone you would have otherwise judged or criticized? Join the conversation by leaving a comment.


Author: Presence Matters

Amanda Johnson has one mission: to help people turn their critic into their ally so they can love the life they have and have the life they want. She does this through her work as a writer and presence coach. After years of struggling with depression, motivation and finding any purpose, Amanda made a choice to transform her experience of life. She realized that when she resisted, judged or attached to “what is” she suffered and that this is true for all of us. From this place, the idea to help others cultivate ease and joy through “Presence Matters" was born. Amanda is a seasoned professional with more than 10 years’ experience performing, educating, facilitating and consulting for Fortune 500 companies with the personal mission to reach and change lives for the better. Her passion for helping others—be it a 2nd-grader or a CEO—and her ability to connect with and inspire those she meets are unleashed by her wit, charm, and eloquence, making her message resonate deeply with her audience. For more information and to work with her, visit

2 thoughts on “Lessons to Learn – Lesson #1

  1. I have learned that the love of someone whose memory is failing is manifest in the consistency with which they ask the same thoughtful questions over and over again.


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