- Life comes at you fast.
- A watched pot never boils.
- Ignorance is bliss.
- Never judge a book by its cover.
- Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
- Out of sight, out of mind.
- Always wear clean underwear in case you are ever in an accident.
Yes, we have heard them all—and probably said a few of them ourselves. Those golden little nuggets of wisdom whose purpose is to guide our footsteps. The deeper meaning evaded most of us until we were well into the more mature seasons of our lives. Now that I know what I know, I would love the opportunity to go back and share some words of wisdom with my younger self.
The lives of grandparents responsible for the care of their grandchildren can be filled with chaos, fear and uncertainty. Ours is a serious business with no room for failure. The stakes are incredibly high. Our legacy hangs in the balance as we make decisions everyday. This was an opportunity for me to stop and take a lighter look at life. I highly recommend that anyone in a similar circumstance just pull away to a quite place and have a little talk with your younger self. Tell them what you got wrong and what you got right. Jot it down in a journal so you can pick it up during those times when life gets a little crazy and encourage yourself.
Just like King David, there will be times when people turn against you and circumstances spin totally out of control. Those are the times when you have to encourage yourself.
"And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God." (I Samuel 30:6)
After reflecting on my life, I decided to put a little twist on some quips of wisdom I received over these many years. They may sound vaguely familiar and it is my sincerest desire that they serve to encourage you along the way.
That greener grass on the other side of the fence is artificial turf. The smiles you see on the faces of others often covers some real issues. Don't envy them.
When it feels like it can't get any worse, go buy a bag of Lay's and eat EVERY chip. Things will go little crazy from time to time, just give it a K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Silly)
Patience is a virtue best appreciated by actual patients. Life will go on with or without you so just relax and take it one day at a time.
Unless you're on fire with a stick in your eye, stop complaining. Is it really life or death? Don't overreact to things that come your way.
Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and exhausted. Time is a precious commodity so take advantage of every moment, especially time to rest mind, body and spirit.
If you are going to follow in someones footsteps, be sure they are Nike prints and not stiletto prints. Life is a marathon, not a sprint so take it slow and easy. Remember it was the tortoise, not the hare, that won the race!
Drinking from the water hose outside is a rite of passage - JUST DO IT! Life is short so take some risks and really enjoy living.
A little bit of dysfunction keeps life interesting, and it keeps the one liners coming. Perfection happens in heaven, so here on earth just try not to take yourself too seriously.
Trust me, school really is cool. A good education is key to success in the future so don't get distracted by the "ignorance is bliss" crowd.
Life is an excellent teacher so take notes, in case you have to repeat her class. Learn from every experience so you can make better choices when the time comes.
Let's Take a Little Quip
According to Merrium-Webster, a quip is "a witty or funny observation or response usually made on the spur of the moment." Because I speak from the perspective of a mother who has raised two daughters, a grandmother currently raising her grandson and a woman who has experienced a plethora of highs and lows, there are plenty of experiences I laugh at today that when observed in real time, were some of my worst nightmares. If you are over the age of 50, you can probably say the same thing. The challenge to write this letter to my younger self ultimately turned out to be an exercise in gratitude. I took a little trip down memory lane and realized that no matter how bad things may seem today, God truly had been good.
Life has made me laugh and cry. There are so many places where joy and sorrow met and this letter allowed me to show my appreciation to the Lord for helping me to navigate through each of those intersections. I have learned that you can find peace in the midst of storms and my deep faith is key to maintaining that mindset. The destination is not set and the journey may be far from over for many of us, but take a little quip from time to time - a funny observation that takes some of the pressure off and replaces it with joy and gratitude.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.