Older and wiser

Over the last few years, I’ve got a little older and a little wiser.  The other day, Blathnaid, my grandaughter who is six taught me a lesson.  

We pulled up at the door of the house and I asked her to bring in her school bag.   Her answer? ” I will if you let me watch TV.”  

I was about to argue with her when it dawned on me that I do exactly the same to her.   I bargain with her when she asks me for something.  She’s just a faster learner and well able to turn the tables back on me.  How smart is that?

Here is more wisdom from Maya Angelou who was interviewed by Oprah on her 70+ birthday.  Maya really is a marvel who has led quite an interesting and exciting life.  Oprah asked her what she thought of growing older. And, there on television, she said it was “exciting.”   Regarding body changes, she said there were many, occurring everyday…like her breasts. They seem to be in a race to see which will reach her waist, first. The audience laughed so hard they cried.

She is such a simple and honest woman, with so much wisdom in her words.  “I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.

I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back.  I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

What have you learned so far in life?

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  • Christine

    Hello Ann,
    Congratulations on the new website. I love the blog, and this one on getting older I can totally relate to; there is such an accumulation of wisdom in older people; I’m reminded again of what is important – take care, Christine

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