Wisdom of the Ages 303

“We grow too soon old and too late smart.”(You have to say it in a Pennsylvania Dutch (German) accent).

“God willin’ and the Crick don’t rise” — sort of like “inshallah” — an insurance policy made just behind promises.

“Do the work which is before you and the rest will come to hand” — a vague paraphrase from Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus.

from June of Southeast Main

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Wisdom of the Ages 302

I have learned to never hate a person and to let go of the past. Hating only hurts you, it eats you up until your bitter and empty. You must forgive what has been done and realize people who treat others with lack of respect and dignity are hurting a great deal. I don’t forget so I will not encounter the situation again during my life, and I pray for those who are so empty and full of anger asking God to give them the strength of move beyond where they’re at and find peace and joy were intended to have. I am 50 years old, a wife, mother, and grandmother. It took me many years to learn this lesson. If I could reach those hurting as I did for too many years over the bitter, hurtful past, I’d rejoice and thank God for a new blessing.

Debbie Farrell.

Wisdom of the Ages 301

Su from Floating needle has contributed to the Wisdom of the Ages project with this piece of wisdom.

“After going through one spouse dying, one divorce, much angst and disruption in my life, I’ve learned a couple of important things which I try to apply every day:

1. It’s not my fault
I don’t mean that I avoid responsibility for my actions but that I can’t be responsible for everyone else’s actions.

2. It just doesn’t matter
In the long run, it doesn’t matter if I find dirty dishes that haven’t been washed properly by someone else. It won’t stop the world from turning, or the sun from shining. Two minutes of my time making them clean gives me a sense of accomplishment and clean dishes. I haven’t stressed myself out by complaining about it, I just thank my stars that someone bothered to help out, even if they didn’t do it well. At least they tried.

3. Don’t sweat the little things because everything is a little thing.
Keep a sense of proportion about life. All those trendy new ‘rages’ such as ‘road rage’ ‘phone rage’ and whatever is the latest buzzword are irrelevant and would never happen if people didn’t value others so cheaply and themselves so excessively. Does it matter if you’re one car behind in line? Will it stop world hunger if you’re not the next person served? Will the world spin more slowly if you’re not the first person to get the latest thingy? Nope.
I don’t always put these into practice well, but I try. I’m not perfect, but I try to be good.

And finally:
Tell someone you love them, right now. Don’t wait, it could be too late even ten minutes from now. Life’s too short. I mean it. Life’s too short.”

Wisdom of the Ages 300

You can’t tell people anything.
There’s only one way to find out (what will happen)…
(which is closely related to…)
Just do it!
Female, Old enough to know better, Canada

Wisdom of the Ages 299

During my early 20s, a young man told a group of women at work that his mother always told him that he should think carefully before he had a child with a woman. I bristled at his comment, thinking that this Momma’s boy did not know what he was talking about. But as I watch my children interact in the world and see them treat others with kindness and compassion, I know now that his Mama Knew what She was Talking About, and that I had made a good choice!

41 year old Mother of two, and Caretaker of many. Michigan, USA

Wisdom of the Ages 298

Life isn’t always easy……in fact, it mostly isn’t easy. There are lots of ups and downs to the journey……but it is always a journey worth taking. And, as Abe Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. Amen!

56 yr. old Registered nurse, mother of two daughters, grandmother of two, Newnan, GA USA

Wisdom of the Ages 297

Sometimes it seems as though life is kicking you around a bit to much. Then you realize that there are many who are worse off than you are. A single bad day is just that a bad day.Tomorrow is a whole new chance to make it a better day than yesterday.
43 yr. old mother of 2 and grandmother of 4 Ohio, USA

Wisdom of the Ages 296

Where I am, what I am, is exactly where I am supposed to be at this particular moment in time. When I stopped fighting Life and questioning God, I began to appreciate everything that the present had to offer. The Present is just what the word is: a gift for which I had to learn to be thankful.

San Luis Obispo, CA
39 yrs old, mother of one 17 yr old son

Wisdom of the Ages 295

Such wisdoms that I have!

For sure, accept that which you can’t change – but do be sure that you can’t change it.

Always find a positive way in what you do and what you say.

Watch a salesman’s eyes.

Remember that almost all religious beliefs and practices serve the believer and God is well aware of it.

Adhere closely to a crooked path.

Wisdom of the Ages 294

Forget about amassing wealth! It will only make you nervous and anxious to earn more! Instead, be happily poor and rejoice in the little pleasures of life with your children: you won’t regret it and neither will they!

Aged 50, Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Wisdom of the Ages 293

Every morning is a brand new start, filled with opportunities to learn new things and to care anew for loved ones. Even if the opportunities are challenging, you will have learned something new. Go to bed, sleep well then start again at the beginning of another brand new day.
Female, age unknown, Scotland

Wisdom of the Ages 292

My bit of wisdom at the ripe age of 25 is simply: you have to save yourself or you remain unsaved. You’d be surprised how many people are out there waiting for someone to come along and save them from life’s problems.
Female country of origin and age unknown

Wisdom of the Ages 291

I am but a stepping stone in other peoples lives and am sure that I have contributed to their lives in some way or another. I am positive that the reverse also applies. The trick is to accept that while we are all different, everyone makes a contribution to this world in one way or another even if they are unaware of it.
gender, age and country of origin unknown