Wisdom of the Ages 195

“Finally at 34, I think I finally understand what my mother has been saying to me for years:
“Pick your battles, you’ll find that most aren’t worth it” and when people say “But it’s the principle of the matter”, I say “More times than not, principles equal power”
Female, 34, California, USA

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Wisdom of the Ages 194

“Find out what makes you really happy; everything else is just background
noise”.
Female country and age unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 193

“Just when I think I’ve learned all the lessons there are to be learned in this life, another one is put before me. The most important thing to remember is we’re here in this life to learn how to love one another and to grow spiritually.”
Female, age unknown, San Diego, CA

Wisdom of the Ages 192

“I was molested at a very young age, I was tossed around in foster homes. I was raped at 13 and had to terminate the resulting pregnancy. I’ve been incarcerated for doing something (honestly) so stupid. For a while there, I thought, S*it!! Can it get any worse?!? But I’ve come to conclusion that had it not been for these very trying times, I would not be the strong, intelligent, well rounded person that I am today. It took me a few years to come to appreciate where I came from, and how I got here.”
Female 27, Portland, OR USA

Wisdom of the Ages 191

I have winnowed all my inspirational quotes to this:
“I get up. I walk. I fall down. Meanwhile, I keep dancing.”
– Hillel
Female age 54 country of orgin unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 190

“Follow your Bliss”
Female age unknown Pasadena, USA

Wisdom of the Ages 189

“You can bring yourself happiness. You are responsible for how you are treated, respected, and thought of. You must make your own happiness. You can’t expect your husband, family,or friends to supply the happiness. Love what you do & do what you love & happiness will surround you.”
Female 43 country of origin unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 188

“My mother taught me to stitch. She, Geneva Marie, taught me to garden. She taught me about a rich, living beauty that is so rare, so strong and so immediately fragile. She died at 84 this February. April 22 is her birthday, so I am thinking of her intensely. She was so generous with thread and material, with her plants and bulbs, but in earlier, more difficult times she tatted quilts in bright blocks of her old dresses over my father’s old army wool blankets. I still see those patterns of the dresses she wore and the lovely fronds of threads covering my head in bad dreams, how could you not fall back asleep when the smell of her dresses covered you carefully at night?
The Alzheimers, the cancer, they are nothing now. She won. I was busy like her with my children, with my life, my job, but when she saw I was crazy cleaning or organizing too much, in my younger years, she would say to me, “Dishes will wait, dear, dirt is stable. How are you? What is your new project? What did my sweet grandkids say to you today?” 
My kids are grown, their lovely lives are never stable, but reliable.
So my words of wisdom?
Geneva would say, Dirt is stable, it will be there for you tomorrow to clean. Your worries will answer themselves. What is your vision, dear? What are you doing for yourself in this precious day? What did you see? Do you see those clouds? Hmm, I ‘ve never seen those before. 
The sky that day was blue, like cornflower, but more brilliant, clouds white, like lace. Figures appeared in the sky clouds for dreaming. We decided one was a woman on a horse, her gowns streaming as she rode.
So I would love to tell my mother, Today I saw and smelled cherry and apple blossoms after the longest drought ever, here in the high desert. Even without water they bloomed. I want to make them into an embroidered silk scarf to cover us when we all get scared at night. I have a scarf you left for me to work upon. I promise to choose the finest, most beautiful of all the treasures you left for me and let the hardships fall to the ground. A cloud one day, a rose the next. Sleep easy now, Mama, I know what you said. I know what you meant. I’ll send my scarf up into the clouds, like a kite, for you to see. Will you puzzle the shape of it out up there in heaven? A heart with wings?  I promise to revel in this day, as much as my life allows, and let the dirt wait for tomorrow.”
Woman, 48, Albuquerque

Wisdom of the Ages 187

“Touch the earth, and kiss the sky Flow with the times, but still stand a beacon I am not greater than you or lesser than you From the earth we have come, and to it we return. We are alike in dignity.”
Female, Age and country of origin unkown

Wisdom of the Ages 186

“No matter how much you love, and no matter who you love, you can only rely on yourself.
Beauty is fleeting.
Love of all types is fickle.
Children grow up and lead a life of their own and you may become an inconvenience.
Family and friends leave or worse, die.
It’s good to know how to drive any kind of stick shift, start a fire, keep yourself entertained and to have a sense of humor.
I kill my own snakes and make my own soup.”
Female Age 57, USA