The older I get the more I realize just what an amazing childhood I had! Since my family didn’t take trips much farther than the coast or mountains… and these events were few and sparse …it forced my siblings and myself to create our own stories on a daily basis.
And now after all these years my favorite stories still stem from the ordinary events of an ordinary day that produced extraordinary memories!
Even when my dreams
came to fruition of traveling to exotic islands or Paris or Berlin or Provence -and beautiful Ireland …the strongest memories lie within daily family life and family gatherings!
Archie Rutledge clarified this belief in me when ( still in his teens) he wrote his own personal creed towards life and his responsibilities to others-especially when it came to his writings!
As I read his list I marveled at his maturity and ” education” through observation and love of nature. Nature would always be his favorite teacher!
I believe in God, in immortality, and in a region where eternal spirits dwell
He who loves virtuous beauty is holding fast to the Hand of God
Human wealth, power, and cunning avail not against cosmic justice
Be guided by your admirations, not by your disgusts
To praise another does you more good than him or her
All the laws of nature are on our side
Grief is life’s challenge to us to be great
The heroes and heroines all about us are those who refuse to linger where they have bled
Beauty and truth are the language of God; virtue is the behavior of God; love is the will of God
The laws of nature are the Hand of God on the controls of the universe
To the reader, the writer owes a moral responsibility
Wow! Rutledge had reached that level of maturity and understanding of life at sixteen? For some it takes a life time…if ever…
So until tomorrow… Remember everything we do is important in life-story segments that one day will be pieced together to tell our finished
Last night I especially enjoyed spending a segment of time with my niece Bekah and her adorable daughter Ady. Bekah invited me to come see their new home. It is perfect! Bekah’s mom, Susan and I went over and had a delicious pizza and salad to commemorate the beautiful new home!
Beauty and Nature is the language of God!
” Today is my favorite day!” Winnie the Pooh