A wise woman, who knows me well, told me, “Be true to yourself, share what you have learned”.
These words stopped my thought patterns and focused me on the big picture. When am I true to myself?
When I am helping others, sharing what I have learned from great books and wise people.
Given that a new season is upon us, the time of rebirth and change- this is my focus. Be true to myself. In all ways, at all times, in all things.
This woman lived life according to her own terms. Abandoned by her husband at the start of the Great Depression, she was left to raise her daughter and niece, alone. She was strong, I don’t know if she began life that way or if she became that way through life’s lessons.
What I do know is she found solid work, supported her family, raised those girls and lived an elegant life centered around her loves. Namely, the piano, family, an orderly self and home, red lipstick and beautiful hair (perfectly coiffed until the very end of her 90 years). She taught me discipline, appreciation for the arts, and how to play the piano.
She taught me another thing that stands out now, no excuses. Life will throw at you what it will. All you control is your reaction to life.
I wish she had written, so I could learn from her thoughts on life instead of relying on the memories of how she conducted herself. That is why today, I am writing. There is no need for each of us to go through all of the lessons in life. We can share what we have gathered and learn from one another.
What do you feel called to share today?