"Entry 1" - Be open

I will always include at least one favorite quote. For as long as I can remember I have loved old quotes. Each will have a valuable Life Lesson that I will elaborate on and tell you how I came to learn this lesson. I have learned many things in my life; some from experience and some from old quotes. Usually a combination of the two. Some easy and obvious lessons, some of them very painful or difficult lessons, all very valuable lessons. Many are valuable lessons that I sometimes wish I had learned much earlier in my life. My life may have been quite different. But isn’t that what life is all about? Learning its lessons? Would I really want my life to have been different?  

Here’s a Bonus Quote: “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”  Mark Twain

We often find ourselves quoting things our parents said to us. We are sometimes exasperated by that phenomenon.  ‘You’ll poke your eye out!’, ‘Don’t make me stop this car!’ and one of my favorites ‘To each his own said the old lady as she kissed her cow.’ But each can teach us important things in life even if it is only how to preserve our eyesight! And if we take the time to really examine each quote that resonates with us.

Like the ‘cow kissing’ saying I got from my mother many quotes have made great impacts on my thinking. Many have made me laugh. And others have touched my soul and become ‘life mantras’.

There is one quote that I have adopted as my own. It has become my own life philosophy. It’s a great place to start. I knew it was mine the moment I read it. My brother sent it to me in a birthday card.

“The irony is this. If you do not go in you cannot find out.” Author Unknown

If you take only one lesson away from my Blog I hope it is this one. My Life Experiences, led by this philosophy, proved to be the most valuable lesson I have ever learned. It has demonstrated its value at every turn. It has served me well. Please feel free to make it yours if it resonates for you too.

THE LESSON: Don’t ever be afraid to learn or try something new, even if it is only to find you disagree with it, decide you don’t like it or to dismiss it. You can’t have a real opinion about something if you don’t know the opposing side. Or all of the ‘sides’ because few things are black and white. Open your eyes. Everything is much less frightening when you can see clearly. Try things. You might have fun or find a hidden talent. Investigate; look at everything and think about every option before making a decision for yourself. Then your decision is an informed one. And you will be moving in the right direction for you. Every moment of Life is a choice. Some more important than others; coffee or tea, red or blue paint on the wall, sedan or van, go to bed late or early are simpler choices. Which job, begin a relationship or not, where to live are a bit more significant. Choose wisely.