On Challenge Day 9 I’m Looking for Wisdom

I didn’t write this one earlier because I’m drawing a blank. I thought if I waited until my break at work I could come up with something. My mind is still a blank. More blank than it usually is and that’s hard to do. I’m sure people have spoken words of wisdom to me at some point in my life, but I’m obviously not a good listener. When I started trying to think of some words of wisdom all I got were song lyrics:

“You can’t always get what you want, but of you try sometimes you find you get what you need” – This is actually a good one. There are plenty of things I’ve wanted in my life that I didn’t get. Jobs, powerball winnings, a girlfriend in high school, hair, height, a decent singing voice and the list goes on and on. Did I get what I need? I think so, but I still wish I could sing.

“If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one you’re with” – Can’t endorse this one. Seems like this only leads to trouble. These are not words of wisdom. Get out of my head!

“Got me a ticket for an aeroplane” – These are not words of wisdom. This is just a statement of fact. This did not keep them from popping into my head. What’s wrong with me?

And then it was blank again. Please help me out. Give me some words of wisdom. I need all the help I can get.

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2 Comments

  1. Three things come to mind, so I will share because I am choosing to understand your request in a literal fashion. 🙂
    My grandmother used to say two things on a regular basis (actually almost everyday…several times a day) though she rarely, if ever, seemed to follow her own advice, lol.
    The first was “If it isn’t going to be on your tombstone, it really isn’t important.”
    The second: “Nice don’t cost nothin.”
    The third is something someone advised me to do when I was 23. I was in the midst of the worst time in my life and was very angry and full of resentment. I didn’t like myself or other people very much. She told me I needed to “love everyone put in front of me.” At my sarcastic snort of disbelief, she responded “sometimes that will mean that you will only love them just enough to not push them down the stairs, but you need to recognize that as love.”
    Those three things have become the touchstones of my existence. I don’t follow them very well some days, but they are what I always come back to especially when I have an almost uncontrollable urge to push someone down the stairs.

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