Words of wisdom have always caught my attention. I've been memorizing and collecting phrases and quotes since I was a young girl. My Grandmother lived next door to me and I grew up in her kitchen and backyard. I listened to every word she said, even though she didn't always know it. Her words rang in my ears through out my growing up. Even today, my amazing Grandmother has been gone from this world for over six years, but I still hear her voice.
"Never trust a Skinny cook."
"Youth is about the future. Age is about the past. Death is where Eternity makes them the same thing."
"Use it up, wear it out. make it do, or do without!"
"The family cans and the family bottles, but this family doesn't know how to can't."
My dad had a ton of quotes too. My mom calls them "Lynnism" because his name was Lynn. Perhaps because I was surrounded by basic but brilliant wisdom, I've always searched it out. I may never leave my kids a fortune or a mansion after I'm gone...but I would like to leave them portions of my life that I will take with me forever. Parts they can take with them as well. "Twelve elephants for a dime is only a good deal if you need twelve elephants and you have a dime."
"A person all wrapped up in themselves makes a very small package."
"It will all work out in the end. If it hasn't worked out yet, then its not the end."
and my new favorite..."Live forever. If you can't do that, die trying!"
They remind me of the basics of my life that have gotten me through, kept me alive and brought me joy. Everyday must be lived as if you'll be hear forever. If you're sure you won't, don't curl in a corner, protect your head and stay low until you die. Do everything you can to live life as full and complete as possible. Give it everything you've got and die trying!
There are few things in life that are worth time, money and energy. Make sure you have the ones you need before you give them up for things you don't need.
I know right now, it seems like the world is going to overcome your heart and mind. It is temporary. Keep fighting, its not over yet.
The best of all I think is a basic quote from a song I heard after 9/11. Faith, hope and love are some good things He gave us, and the greatest is love!
Keep smiling, never stop fighting and Love with all you've got, even when you're sure you can't.