Friday, March 30, 2012

What 50 years have taught me

Life is less about finding answers than it is about seeking them.

An ideal life is not a steady, consistent progression. It involves 2 steps forward and anywhere from 1 to 3 steps back. It involves peaks and valleys. The peaks feed your soul and fuel your strength to endure the valleys. The valleys feed your heart and build your wisdom to appreciate the peaks.

Whatever ideal life I can envision with clarity will always remain elusive. The true ideal is one I cannot see. It will only be revealed to me in time, and it will only be revealed if I keep my eyes and my heart open enough to see it.

The only certainty in life is that it will be fraught with uncertainty.

Promises are not guarantees, and even guarantees can be voided by the uncertainties of life. Each promise that is fulfilled should be recognized for the gift it truly is.

If I limit my expectations to the unexpected, I will never regret what never comes to be.

I thrive on stories and dreams, the greatest of which highlight compassion, understanding and brotherhood, and serve as reminders that love and faith really can conquer all.

And lastly:

Life really is a walk in the least, that's where the filter is, the one that sorts fiction from truth and helps me to see who's really behind the curtain.


  1. You've got a wonderful way with words, Debra. Anyone turning fifty has a right to spout some wisdom. I've spouted plenty myself, only you spout it a whole lot better.

  2. Reaching that half century mark is a sure way to build up enough wisdom to spout...that is, as long as we're wise enough to recognize the difference between spouting wisdom and spouting nonsense! ;) And thank you for your kind statements about my way with words! It's very much appreciated!