I’ve Learned

As we age, we gain wisdom through the rear view mirror. Pay attention to that view.

I’ve learned that having the last word doesn’t mean you’ve won and that silence doesn’t sound like defeat.

Appreciate everyone “messes up.” Some of the best people are the ones who have pulled themselves from the ditch, straightened, and dusted off the debris.

Vulnerability of heart is the most authentic rendering. Seek it in others and treasure its glimmer.

Be brave. Tell your story. You never know who might relate or be inspired from it.

Listen to others. That is how we seed the first stirrings of compassion.

Imagine. Pick stars from the heavens. Toss them about. Let their light shine through you.

I’ve learned that when others belittle you- walk away. Their words say more about them than about you. Keep your head high. And that one kind word can make a difference in the life of another. Go ahead- send that letter, speak those words, reach out and make the call.

I’ve learned you will love and lose; love anyways. Good byes are meant to be difficult. Only then do we appreciate what we had.

It is a universal law that you will be tested. Take the test and learn from your mistakes. Then wallow in your blessings.

Learn that friends can circle like family and that’s okay. Remain loyal to your tribe.

When you have, give. It just feels better.

Always find a way to forgive. Tattoo it on a wrist. People that hurt you are “hurting” souls.

Learn not to kick someone when they are down. Remember you’ve been there and that at any time, it’s a short tumble back.

Do at least one kind action a day. The world is starved to feed from gentle acts.

And at the end of the day, degrees and diplomas mean nothing. Pretty things fade, and your net worth will mean little. It isn’t about status or assets. People will judge you on how you made them feel.

And wear the gold sequin dress.

 

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