Simple Truths

ImageIn a few days I will celebrate another birthday, putting me solidly past the half-century mark. I share this only as evidence that I have lived long enough to learn a few simple, yet elegant truths.  Much of this knowledge was culled from the many wise people I’ve been blessed to meet in my time.  But most of it came from my own experience,  including bone-head mistakes, dumb-ass choices and failed actions taken in arrogance, naivete, stupidity, impatience, or some combination thereof. This is what I know:

  • Do what you love, and you will find a way to make a living from it.
  • When the way is blocked, there’s always another path.  You just might have to hunt through the weeds to find it.
  • Nothing is as soothing or joyful as holding a baby…unless the baby is screaming.
  • Sunrise makes everything feel better, especially after a long difficult night.
  • Remember to get your daily dose of Vitamin L — laughter. If you laugh at yourself, consider that a double dose.
  • When you point a finger in blame, three fingers point back at you.
  • A beautiful sunset is both a gift and a promise, no matter what your beliefs.
  • Do something that scares you every day.
  • Fruits and vegetables from your own garden always taste better.
  • Pay attention to your gut, heed that niggling voice in the back of your mind. Except if you’re schizophrenic, then you should consider going back on your meds.
  • Your are stronger than you think. Way stronger.
  • When you have trouble deciding between two choices, flip a coin. If you feel the need to flip it again, you already have your answer.
  • Your kids will always be your beautiful babies, no matter how old, big, hairy, smelly or angsty they become.
  • We are all Bozos on the Bus.
  • It’s very difficult to eat soup with shaky hands.
  • Tell people you love them, and tell them why. Then tell them again.
  • Be a great partner…with your family, friends, coworkers, doctors, educators, etc. We’re all in this together.
  • Courtesy and respect leave deeper impressions than fancy clothes and hefty pedigrees.
  • Losing weight is simple — burn more calories than you consume. But it isn’t easy.
  • In your lifetime, you will do many stupid, selfish and foolish things in the name of love. But you will do even more great and generous things.
  • It’s never too late to say you’re sorry, or to say thank you.
  • Every person you meet — friend, friendly, foe or in between — has something to teach you.
  • Tequila shots almost always lead to bad hang-overs…and pregnancy.
  • Big dreams require thoughtful plans.
  • Everything happens for a reason. The challenge is to figure out why and become a better person because of it.
  • Texting is a lousy way to hold a conversation.
  • It’s impossible not to laugh along with a baby.
  • It all starts with the Golden Rule.
  • Even though they act like they aren’t, your kids really do listen to you.
  • The friends who are there for you when it really counts are often not the people you expected.
  • When in doubt, Stop. Breathe. Listen.

What are your Simple Truths?