Wisdom of the Ages 416

At my school when we said we needed something they used to ask us to categorize it as Needs, Wants or Wishes. We were unlikely to get Wishes.

from Joyce of J’s Quilting Blog


Wisdom of the Ages 415

from Susan of Susan in stitches
two axioms I live by:
Always look ahead … there are no regrets in that direction
the only difference between a stepping stone and a stumbling block is in how you use them.

[this last one came my way not long after my second son was diagnosed as severely disabled. That was about 25 years ago . I’m still here. Still relatively sane. Musta helped huh?]

Wisdom of the Ages 414

Something my grandmother lived by, which kept her life
and her home uncluttered…

things you want,
things you need,
and things you can’t live without.

From Robin with thanks

Wisdom of the Ages 413

Linda Hartmann dropped me an email to add her observations after a career as psychotherapist

The only reason that people go to therapists (we’re talking about ordinary, you – and – me people here) is that it is the first time in their life that someone has listened to them — really listened to
them — for an hour. It is extremely addictive. I have had to kick many clients out after teaching them how to make friends.

Wisdom of the Ages 412

The trick to happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.

Something I try to live by daily.

Left by Joan in a comment

Wisdom of the Ages 411

“Try to do everything you have to do with love and giving your best!”
from Corina

New blog for this project

I have just completed transfering all the contributions to this project to this new blog. Previously they had been housed as a category of my other blog inaminuteago. I decided the project needed a blog of its own as it makes sense to people if it is self contained.

The Wisdom of the ages project started life off as a straight web page. As time went on and the technology changed I decided to transfer the contributions a blog as the software meant it was easier to maintain. Now it has a home of its own.

“Wisdom of the Ages” asks people to share the answer to a simple (but not so simple) question. What lesson have you learnt in life? Just as the stitch collection shares knowledge that was handed on orally, lessons learnt from others in the past were also handed down the generations in the form of little sayings, expressions, anecdotes and peoples stories. I am trying to hint at this with the “Wisdom of the Ages” project. With this project I hope create a snap shot of common sense or popular wisdom.


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