Monday, February 23, 2009

Along the Way ...

I’m not going to tell you how old I am, so don’t ask, but I’ve lived long enough to learn a few things during this journey called life. Being a list maker, I kept track of what I’ve learned. You could probably add to this list. Here's mine:

  • Don’t spit into the wind and don’t repeat gossip in a small town. Both will come back to hit you in the face.

  • Never try to spank a cat. They won’t understand, but they do know how to take revenge like barfing on the kitchen counter or on that antique quilt made by great-great grandmother Smith.

  • Always be kind to animals and old people. Doing so is a reflection of your upbringing.

  • Never pretend to be something your aren’t. A fool is easy to spot.

  • Life is full of bumps in the road. Time will resolve most bumps so don’t sweat the small stuff.

  • Honor your mother and father and one day your children will honor you.

  • If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas.

  • Every child experiments with something. Pray that your child makes wise choices. Be there to pat him on the back if he does and be there to lift him up if he doesn’t. Most importantly, just be there.

  • Stay on speaking terms with all of your relatives. You never know who will be asked to speak at your funeral.

  • Listen more, talk less and do not give advice. You will appear more intelligent than you really are.

  • If you are wrong, admit it and apologize. Failing to do so is tacky and your mama will never forgive you for being tacky.

  • Smile often. It confuses your enemies and they will wonder what you are up to.

  • Love many, laugh often, cry when needed. Never be afraid to show your feelings; it proves you are still alive.

    There’s only one chance to take this journey. Step lively and smile!

    Rene' Wallace said...

    Really enjoy your posts!
    (And I'm 54) :)

    Brenda Joyce Jerome, CG said...

    Compliments gratefully accepted! Thank you.