“Live and learn and pass it on” is a good motto, and one that hopefully will stay with me well into the new year.
So, what have you learned in 2015?
I’m going to give this a try myself and see what lessons I’ve learned this past year.
- Keeping your teeth healthy (brush, floss, don’t grind) is super important, unless you want to only eat soft foods after your teeth fall out. (Had two root canals this year.)
- Most really good accomplishments started out with the thought that it couldn’t be done. (This includes skills that you thought you had to pay for – installing light fixtures, tearing up old carpet or wallpaper or ceramic tile. I learned how and saved some bucks.)
- Exercise will keep you fit and feeling younger. (So will manual labor, but walking and yoga are more fun.)
- Warm cookies from the oven are far superior to cold ones from the cookie jar. (Therefore, I only bake a dozen at a time and enjoy them fresh each day or until the dough runs out.)
- Good cooking is all about the seasoning. (As is a good life.)
- Enthusiasm is catching, not something you can teach.
- Even when I have pain, I don’t need to be one.
- When you drop a slice of bread it always falls jelly side down. (It happening to my grandson was a good reminder.)
- There’s nothing more attractive than a smile. (It improves your face value.)
- We can’t be lovable all of the time, but when we’re not is when we need love most.
- Doing something in anger usually makes more work for later. (Especially when you’re stripping wallpaper.)
- You find out who your true friends are when you have a terrible job that you need help with. (And help might be in the form of prayer or a hug, or extra hands to do the work. It all counts!)
- I’ve learned that you don’t always get what you pay for. (Contractors is a perfect example. If they are called “Affordable” they do a cheap job.)
- Receiving (and sending) cards is a fabulous way to reach out. (I love getting and sending surprise notes in the mail.)
- An un-watched pot will either boil over or boil dry. Every time.
- Laundry is never “done.” (Unless you are in a nudist colony, I guess.)
- Reading a good book on a rainy day with a quilt and fuzzy socks is awesome. (And I do this as much as possible, with or without the rain.)
- The value of human touch is priceless, especially when the touch is filled with love.
- Not seeing your kids or grandkids for a year is TOO LONG.
- I’ve learned that storytelling is what helps us touch, teach and support one another.
- You can learn something from everyone you meet.
- Be generous with praise. It costs nothing and reaps huge rewards.
- You can find anything through Google. (My husband does it all the time.)
- Don’t wear white if you’re planning on eating salsa or tomato sauce. (Nuff said)
- Moving is really hard physically, emotionally, and financially. (Sometimes it’s worth it!)
- Pick your battles. Not everything is worth fighting about.
- Nothing is more delightful than a baby’s laugh. (Toddler giggles are up there, too.)
- Be kind. Always.
- Make time to do the things you enjoy.
- While humans plan, God laughs.
This is by no means an exhaustive list. I’m sure before I drift off to sleep tonight I’ll think of another lesson learned. The point is living and enjoying the days we have on this earth. And taking care of each other, too.