(20 years ago! I should have a PhD in life experience according to my high school graduation year!)
I started thinking about what I know for sure in this journey called life, especially with the fresh and unexpected turn in my road recently. Every time my pastor has prayed for me lately, he has prayed that I would have "good grief", and that thought intrigues me. It helps me remember that in a heart that continues to be throbbing with pain, there must be some positive things being germinated, taking root, or being planted. (Can you tell I just spent time watering my garden?)
So, here are some of the observations that are able to seep through the fog that lives around my brain these days:
- Time is a great healer. (It just takes too long.)
- "I didn't cause it, I can't fix it, but I can cope" were wise words spoken to me years ago that still help me through tough situations.
- H.A.L.T. : Don't make any decisions while you are hungry, angry, lonely or tired.
- Be nice to everyone you meet because you are going to run into them again. I promise.
- Give grace as generously as you can, because you are certainly going to need grace often.
- Family and friends are the most precious possession you will ever have: tend to them often.
- When you graduate from college, you need to be able to call yourself something. (Not: "I majored in sociology" but "I am a teacher" or "a nurse" or "a journalist".)
- Someone who was famous for wearing one rhinestoned glove should not still be the lead news item almost a month after his death. (Stop the insanity!)
- Chew with your mouth closed.
- Say your prayers.
- Take the side of the teacher in front of your children. (Disagree with the teacher in side discussions that children can't hear.)
- Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all things will be added after that. (Not original to me.)
So. Do you have any wisdom that this life has taught you? I'd love to hear it.