So tomorrow I turn 52 and I ask myself “what have I truly learned?” I have made MANY mistakes in life. Many. I have acted selfishly and probably hurt a lot of people along the way. This probably isn’t what God wanted me to do but every day I read a plaque that my mother recently passed down to me. It’s from Proverbs: “In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
I’m not a bible thumper and this isn’t about your relationship with God. That is personal and I respect your beliefs and what you decide to do with your beliefs. This about what I have learned through my massive faults and it is my hope that you can relate or avoid some challenges you have yet to face.
- Dad told me when I was young “Your parents are the best friends you will ever have.” Best advice he ever gave me.
- You think you know pain until you have to bury a parent.
- You see a piece of shit in the road walk around it and not through it.
- No matter how mad you may be at someone close to you, hug them and tell them you love them.
- Say please, thank you and you’re welcome.
- There is something “after this.” When I had my heart block, died for 45 seconds and was in a coma for 6 days I saw a portion of it and it’s real.
- Respect difference of opinion by reminding yourself 85% of this world truly is stupid.
- As you get older you will find out who your “true friends” are. You probably will be able to count them on one hand.
- Not all people have your best interests in mind. They will use you for their benefit and ignore you when you are no longer in a position to fulfill their selfish needs.
- Talk and listen to those that are elderly. They have more knowledge than any library and are more than eager to share it with you.
I have to be honest. I wish I could follow my advice at all times but there are situations I stray from my path and, quite frankly, find myself as a hypocrite. All we can do is try our hardest each day and live our day as it’s our last as one day we will be correct.
They say there is nothing God gives us that we can’t handle. I have found myself many times staring at the heavens and saying “Are ya freaking kidding me. I can’t take it.” Then, weeks or months later, I found I could take it and I needed to learn from what seemed to be the impossible.
What is truly important is Memorial Day. It is a day set aside for those men and women who have given their lives for this country. Think about that before ya light the grill. They gave their lives. This day was actually created by former slaves that wanted a day to honor former Union soldiers that perished in battle. Veterans Day is a day set aside to honor all that have served. I just learned that the other day so please don’t think I am the wise guru seated at the top of the mountain.
May you enjoy this weekend, remember our lost soldiers, hug your loved ones and appreciate this beautiful world that has been created for us.