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AHHHhhhhhhh…….

peaceful

There was a time when I had not a concern in the world….and then I was born.  It’s amazing the things I found to be stressful as a child.  Having to make new friends at school was absolutely terrifying for me, being an introvert.  Having to learn math and spelling and grammar and history and learning to deal with the cliques….it was stressful, to say the least, and led to many sleepless nights.

These anxieties continued throughout my school years, with the inclusion of having to learn geometry, trigonometry, calculus, the sciences, foreign languages, more clearly defined cliques.  Life had become quite the challenge.  Most days I didn’t want to even get out of bed, but if I didn’t get out of bed, I wouldn’t go to school and if I didn’t go to school, I would have to endure it all again next year with a whole new pool of people.

FINALLY, I managed to graduate high school!  The sense of freedom was incredible…until my parents gave me the choice of going to college, joining the military, or getting a job. So off to college I went.  The first year was the absolute worst, again because of being an introverted introvert.  It’s not that I didn’t like people and wasn’t sociable….I was just extremely awkward around people and even more so in social situations.  But I put on my calm face and followed Shakespeare’s “Henry V” by going “Once more into the breach”.

Throughout the bits of my life that I remember, I was seeking to be absent from the world by finding that place where could fit in and be accepted.

Fast forward through the misery that was college and the 8 years of military and a divorce and I now find myself still seeking that place where I can find peace and fit in.  While I have no clue where to find it, I do know what sort of place it is that I feel most at peace.

I like quiet.  I like the environment to be of cool climate.  I like a gentle breeze.  I would like something of a stream or other water.  In a place like this, I could find peace.  There would be no expectation of having to deal with others.

I once thought such a place truly existed.  But am now not so sure.  If it does exist, it is beyond my reach at present and the feeling out of place in this world continues.

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Tantalizing Tidbits Of Thought

Learning From Others

I love talking with people.  Especially if they have a lot of life experience.  They seem to have wisdom that oozes from every pore.  

 

Granted, some are cynical and angry.  And also granted, wisdom is not limited to those with a lot of life experience.  There’s an amazing difference between being “smart” and being “wise.” 

To be smart, you have to learn a lot of things you may or may not ever use again, usually from books and lectures. 

To be wise, you have to learn a lot of things that you will use again and again in the actual functioning of your life.

 

Here are of the tidbits of thinking I’ve discovered, borrowed, found, stolen or otherwise acquired during my dance around this orb:

 

“Don’t piss off a skunk!”

 

“A bear can’t make Moosetracks properly, it’s the whole ‘opposable thumb’ issue.”

 

“Camels don’t drink often, but they still need to drink.”

 

“If you’re dumb enough to grab a snake by the tail, expect him to bite yours.”

 

“Elephants and women remember everything!”

 

“If you don’t want me looking at it, don’t put it where I can see it.”

 

“When you listen, use both ears and your heart.”

 

“Bridges help you get to the other side. They also help whatever is on the other side come to you.”

 

“Never say ‘if it were up to me, I would…’ if they had wanted your input, you would have been in on the ground floor.”

 

“If you want to guarantee to wake up early on the weekend, advertise your yard sale.”

 

“If you don’t want advice, don’t air your concerns.”

 

“If you don’t like the way something looks, don’t look at it.”

 

“Never look up when you walk under birds.”

 

I’m always amazed by the simplicity of wisdom and love sharing what I’ve learned. 

 

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