I have no wisdom.
But I do have a few things I’ve learned along the way. So, this is my list. I don’t know what kind of list to call it…it’s just my list.
It’s not a full list of whatever it is either. Just some of the list. Because I can take away and add to it as much as I want.
Why? It’s mine.
And the list changes pretty much all the time. Like I do. And I have that right. On both accounts.
1. Have a higher power you answer to. You must have a moral compass. Pray.
2. Say ‘thank you’ more often. Not in words, but on paper. By hand. Not email or text. By hand. It lingers much longer. For the recipient.
3. The size of your thighs do not define you. No matter what he says.
4. Say hello. First. To a stranger. It feels good. For both.
5. Sleep in every now and then. And sometimes on a work day.
6. Eat ice cream from the container. Over the sink. You won’t eat as much.
7. Don’t be too proud to ask for help. Be choosy in who you ask. Not ‘just anyone’ should do during vulnerable times.
8. Turn off the radio in traffic jams. It’s hard to hate others during quietness.
9. Understand “I apologize” is not the same as “I’m sorry.” One is tougher to say because it comes from the heart, where the other only comes from the mouth.
10. Have a sense of humor. Laugh at you before you laugh at anyone else.
11. Have a side of you not every one is privy to. Pick and choose who you let in.
12. Know at least one neighbor. By name.
13. Accept now that you may one day live alone. Learn to live with yourself before that time comes. It makes it easier.
14. Don’t keep score. But give more than you get.
There. Parts of my list. And I know 14 is a strange number to end on, but I have always marched to the beat of my own heart.
It’s not easy.
The list. Not the marching.
And I usually don’t get it right. But I try. Then I try again.
Then I curse.
And that’s ok, too.
Again, I don’t consider this wisdom. It just helps me get a little further down the line.
Like your list helps you.
And since I shared parts of my list…you can, too.