Wisdom of the Ages 240

“We convince ourselves that life will be better after we get married, have a baby, then another. Then we are frustrated that the kids aren’t old enough and we’ll be more content when they are. After that we’re frustrated that we have teenagers to deal with. We will certainly be happy when they are out of that stage. We tell ourselves that our life will be complete when our spouse gets his or her act together, when we get a nicer car, are able to go on a nice vacation, when we retire. The truth is, there’s no better time to be happy than right now. If not now, when?

Your life will always be filled with challenges. It’s best to admit this to yourself and decide to be happy anyway. One of my favorite quotes comes from Alfred D Souza. He said, “For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.”

This perspective has helped me to see that there is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way. So, treasure every moment that you have. And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time…and remember that time waits for no one… So stop waiting until you finish school, until you go back to school, until you lose ten pounds, until you gain ten pounds, until you have kids, until your kids leave the house, until you start work, until you retire, until you get married, until you get divorced, until Friday night, until Sunday morning, until you get a new car or home, until your car or home is paid off, until spring, until summer, until fall, until winter, until you are off welfare, until the first or fifteenth, until your song comes on, until you’ve had a drink, until you’ve sobered up, until you die, until you are born again to decide that there is no better time than right now to be happy…Happiness is a journey, not a destination.

Thought for the day
Work like you don’t need money,
Love like you’ve never been hurt,
And dance like no one’s watching.

Age Gender and country of origin unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 239

I’m 30 years old and a stay-at-home-mom with two little guys still in diapers. My husband is leaving, soon, for a year to do some Army stuff. I’m currently learning to not worry myself over things that haven’t even happened. My uncle who is on his death bead told me to stop paying insurance for something that hasn’t even happen. I was worring about being taken advantage of by bad people who know my husband isn’t here, something bad happening to my boys, or that I’ll get real sick and can’t take care of my family. I’m learning that tomorrow will take care of itself, so I just need to enjoy today, ’cause there’s no use fretting over someting that’ hasn’t even happened.
There! Some advice from a little 30-year-old.

Wisdom of the Ages 238

“The lessons I have learned in life are…You have to be true to who you are and not try to be what people want you to be…You are much more than what people may have said you were…We all have great talent that are God given. We must find and use them or we will lose them. And I learned that the following quote from Laura Ingalls Wilder is so true, “I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet, simple things in life which are the real ones, after all”.
Age 44, female

Wisdom of the Ages 237

“I know that there’s more to life than going to work, taking care of my children, husband and household chores. I’ve discovered “quilting”. I was drawn into quilting because my in-laws are going to celebrate a very important milestone next year, their 50th wedding anniversary. I thought it would be great to make them a memory quilt using old photographs of their wedding and transferring them to fabric. I enrolled in classes and have been working on a sampler quilt for the past year. I haven’t finished my sampler quilt yet because I discovered the “rag quilt” which is currently a work-in-progress project. Many of the ladies in my quilt class have given me many new and exciting ideas on new projects. One of which is embroidery. I love the 3 dimensional look it gives a quilt. I am very eager and excited to get started on this new passion. Quilting has breathed new life into me and has evolved into passion. I can’t stop thinking about my next block or project and when I think about all those wonderful fabrics, I get goose bumps. Yes I work full time but I have managed to squeeze a little time for myself to sew my quilts, which in essence, is my new life. I’ve learned that in this life, one has to pursue their own happiness. Quilting, embroidering and sewing have given me happiness and another reason to get up in the morning.”

Female, age unknown, La Puente, California

Wisdom of the Ages 236

“From a women’s magazine in the 80’s – can’t remember the author – “Happiness is realizing what you have now is exactly what you would have always wanted if only you’d been smart enough to know it”
Female, 51, Round Rock, Texas, USA

Wisdom of the Ages 235

1. Treat others as you would like to be treated.
2. Never go to bed angry.
3. If it doesn’t belong to you, don’t touch it. (Lesson from mom!)
4. Just because they’re your relatives doesn’t mean you have to like them. (My personal favorite bit of advice from my husband.)
Female age 30 Snellville, GA

Wisdom of the Ages 234

“Surround yourself with people who are positive thinkers, full of life and happiness. I believe that everyone is the master of their own destiny – you are a product of the decisions you make throughout your life. I have this “dead battery” theory: if you hang around people who are “dead batteries” (i.e. unmotivated to improve themselves, unhappy, complaining and critical of themselves and others), run in the other direction or they will sap your charge and turn you into a dead battery too.
Female, 36, United States (Chicago)

Wisdom of the Ages 233

“I think the two most important things I’ve learned in 63 years are the ages old “This too shall pass,” and don’t beat your head against life. By that I mean, if you don’t try to impose your will on life, it’s amazing how often things work out.
If you are religious, let God handle it. That’s not to say you can sit back and do nothing, but once you’ve done your best turn it over to Someone else.”
Female age and country of origin unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 232

“The biggest lesson that live has gave me is to learn that behind every thing bad that happens in our lives, it comes something good.”
Female, San Diego CA.

Wisdom of the Ages 231

”Treasure your grandparents – they know more than you realize.
Dance often, live well, and laugh every day.
You will learn at least one new thing each day – even if you don’t realize it at the time.
The work and bills will always be there – instead of worrying about them, take that time to enjoy your
family, this life, and this time.
Noone is an expert.”
Female age and country of origin unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 230

“If you have small children or grandchildren enjoy them now as they grow up all too soon (this is a voice of experience).”
Female age and country of origin unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 229

“‘When the day is at it’s darkest, life seems to be cruelty itself; when the seeming endless misery and trials become such a burden that it is hard to imagine a time with a blue sky and warmth on your face… know that there is also love in the world.”
Male Age 48, Plowville PA USA

Wisdom of the Ages 228

“1. Much can be learned from adversity but it’s not a pleasant way to learn.
2. Having had a serious illness I have learned that yes, life really is short.
3. Have as much fun as possible while being careful not to hurt others.
4. Don’t pretend to be conventional in areas you’re not–it wastes time and
doesn’t work.
5. Do the right thing.
6. Be nice. Life’s hard and it makes you happier too.”
Female age 41 country unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 227

“Well I seem to think the most important thing I have learned is: Time does not heal all wounds!”
Age Gender and country or origin unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 226

I have learned to appreciate life and take one day at a time. Enjoy the simple things. Stop , sit a spell and watch the morning sun rise and be there to enjoy the sunsets! Female, age 63, Oklahoma

Wisdom of the Ages 225

“I’ve developed my own “motto” that reflects what I’ve learned in life:
“In all you do, let honesty, fairness, and kindness show through”. Sometimes life is not fair, but we should always try to be as fair as we possibly can.
Sometimes, we have to give bad news, and we should do it with all the kindness that we possibly can.
And above all else, if we are honest in everything, those to whom we must give this bad news will have more faith that we are being as fair and kind as the situation permits.”
Age Gender and country or origin unknown