Many people are “list” people…they can’t go anywhere without a list…like the grocery store or start the day’s errands…they feel more secure with a list. Lists are very important it seems in today’s society…so many life guidance books…that we all find in book stores these days… deal with an author’s lists for how to improve or remedy different aspects of our lives.
Me…not so much. I am the person who occasionally makes lists only to forget and leave them at home still sitting on the kitchen table while I struggle to remember what all I need to pick up.
But then….a few months ago…I came across a blogger who had just celebrated a birthday and it showed her writing something in a homemade decorated notebook with her name on it. She explained that every year on her birthday she added a list beside the year…filling in everything new about life she had learned during that particular ‘trip around the sun.’
Not a bad idea I thought to myself and wondered what new I would list this past year. As I idly thought about it I came across one of the best lists I had seen…from Maya Angelou. Her list combined wisdom and humor as she saw her life. Here is her list.
My three favorites from her list are:
- “I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”
2. “I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one.”
3. “I’ve learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life.”
I loved her last selection in her list because it coincides with my philosophy I reminded myself every day over 30 plus years of teaching.
“Students don’t care how much you know…until they know how much you care.”
When I came across the quote of Helen Keller’s in today title visual…it became mine too.
“My friends have made the story of my life.” Helen Keller And I pray that the reverse can be said …that I have been there for my friends.
As I sit here this morning typing away…pictures of all my close friends keep popping up in my mind and my smile keeps getting bigger and bigger. How devoid of color my life would have been without my friends beside me… encouraging me throughout my life?
Let me take a moment and personally thank you, my dearest dearest friends….You truly are the “wind beneath my wings”…you were and are the people who encouraged me to fly when I would have been content to climb back in the nest. I will love and cherish you forever.
I would love to hear something new you have learned about life this past year…since it has been one of the craziest years we have lived through…do you have a new thought concerning new perspectives on life or a favorite life lesson from your past? Tell us.
So until tomorrow….
“Today is my favorite day” Winnie the Pooh
Look what I discovered yesterday….my sole lone Confederate rose bloomed white…I was overcome with joy…fingers crossed it can survive the next two transitional colors…pastel pink and maroon pink…the legend of the Confederate soldier. Hope never dies.
Stay tuned tomorrow to see how an on-going blog post mystery came to be solved. ???????????????????
I got a box of wonderful surcies from Honey via Mike when he stopped by Monday…I think I probably had the last tomato sandwich of the season…but boy did I have the best- mountain tomato from the Burrells…and soup bowls from giving to Honey’s loyal support of her talented pottery soup bowls to feed the hungry annual event.