In recognition of her fortieth birthday, my daughter wrote a list of the things she has done – significant and ordinary. They tracked a life well lived that produced a mature woman of strength and well-defined values. It got me thinking. So much learned and so much left to comprehend.
I was thinking the other day about the things I’ve learned in life so far.
- On a positive note, I’ve learned that, no matter what happens, how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.
- I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a man by the way he handles four different things – a rainy day…the elderly…lost luggage, or tangled Christmas tree lights.
- I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same thing as making a ‘life.’
- That children grow up much too fast, right before your eyes.
- That it’s a lot better to do it right away than to put it off.
- I discovered that life sometimes gives you a second chance, and sometimes a third and a fourth.
- I believe you should not go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands. You need to be able to throw something back sometimes.
- I’ve learned that if you pursue happiness, it can elude you. But if you focus on family, friends, and the needs of others, happiness will come looking for you.
- I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.
P.S. Learning is essential to our existence. Today’s inclusive culture requires discovering new ways of relating to people, both those who have been staples in our lives and the new acquaintances evolving. What an exciting time to learn anew and expand our individual worlds.