The expression “You can’t get there from here” is apt for the Miller’s Colorado residence. Sort of.
Though we live on a paved street, it’s impossible to get to our home without driving over a completely neglected, poorly maintained, incredibly lumpy and bumpy dirt and mud road. There’s just no getting around it.
Of course, it’s worth traveling because home is a good place to be.
It occurs to me that our unavoidable patch of rough road is much like growing up—and I don’t mean the obvious growing up that takes place from birth to 20-years-old.
I mean the maturation of our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, beliefs, desires, and needs, as well as our reactions and responses to people and events, that <hopefully> happens from age 20 to, say, 40.
It’s said that youth is wasted on the young, but what about this?:
Wisdom is wasted on the old!
As defined in the QBQ! book, wisdom is this: “What we learn after we know it all.”
To reach the destination of wisdom, humans must travel the difficult road of the third and fourth decades of life. Otherwise, we might still think we know it all. 🙂
Here are some learnings I believe are found at the destination of wisdom.
15 Pearls of Wisdom
- I’m not always right.
- We were created to create, produce, and work.
- I am not what I do.
- Life is really, really, really short.
- Wealth is not found in titles, possessions, or income.
- Nobody owes me anything.
- Victim and entitlement thinking rob me of my dignity.
- Excuse-making gets me nowhere fast.
- Some battles are worth fighting, others are not.
- Speeding isn’t cool, seat belts are. Read: “No Excuses Driving: 13 QBQ! Rules for the Road”
- I’m the only person I can change.
- Letting go is a beautiful thing.
- “I’m sorry” works.
- Gratitude/gratefulness always beat griping/complaining.
- My best friend since 1976—Karen—is to be cherished.
Ben Franklin said, “When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.” In a perfect world, we’d be traveling the lumpy and bumpy dirt road forever. With that said, it’s in our twenties and thirties when we <hopefully> find the path to wisdom.
A good place to be.
A final thought:
Watching a TV documentary of the turmoil of the 1960s, I heard a self-described former “hippie” say this:
“Yeah, we thought that all we needed was ‘peace and love,’ but after a year of that, we had nothing to eat so we all got jobs.”
What can you add to our list of “15 Pearls of Wisdom”?
We’d love to hear your life lessons!