We are still so into our elders’ lists of their lessons for living, we want to share a few more. It’s amazing how many people sat down and summed up their advice for younger generations.
Today we hear from Gwen, 70, who provides an insightful – and sometimes unusual – list of life lessons. She tells us to embrace life with exuberance and joy, giving to others while not forgetting to take care of ourselves.
When I look back over my life, the most important things I have learned are:
I truly do create my own reality.
Be lavish in loving those close to me, Don’t hold back.
I am my ancestors, they are me, we are one.
My children are my crown, my grandchildren the jewels therein, my great grandchildren the pure gold setting.
There are times to keep my mouth shut no matter what!
Friends are precious - and they can be animals.
Beauty surrounds me as much as I allow and let it in, even in death.
Its so good to laugh, especially with those you love.
Respect others and be kind - it will take you far.
I have a soul and it can sing, when in nature with trees, flowers, and plants, it has a voice.
Gardens are heaven on earth.
I love and take care of myself; only then can I assist another, really love another, care for another.
Have fun, play, tell a joke, laugh, be silly, outrageous, every day, it keeps the doctor away.
To love myself, enjoy myself, trust myself, be good to myself. Then give of myself. Fill up first, never try to give out of an empty container, it just doesn’t work.
Words are life or death, choose wisely before opening mouth.
Harmony in a family is its greatest assest.
To remain flexible, in thought word and deed, and be ready to party at the drop of a hat!
To sing loudly and lustily even though I can’t carry a tune – it clears out a lot of cob webs in my mind.
There are second and third and fourth and on and on chances in life. Just keep on keeping on, it’s journey.
Solitude is warm soup on a cold day, to a hungry spirit.
I am the rock in the family now, and rocks don”t make a lot of noise. They just are.