A short list of what I know

I have a tough assignment this week.
One of my daughters solicited me for a handwritten list of the best “life” advice I had for her.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe I have good advice to give. I’ve had a myriad of experiences and I’m blessed with an open mind.
Both warrant a gift of wisdom—yet rarely do I offer my counsel.
When I was 20-something and pliable as Play Doh, I was handed advice left and right before I asked for it. Some of it was very good. Some of it changed my mind before I had a chance to make up my own.
Some of it burned me like a hot poker and left scars.
Yet here I am, set to task by a daughter of mine who has yet to reach the wisdom of ages. All three of my girls have yet to reach that canopy of life, although they grow their branches as we speak.
Heck, I haven’t even reached that canopy yet. Do we ever really get there?
Advice is a fragile, sometimes life-altering entity. Be careful what you recommend. Tread lightly.
Figure out what makes you happy and do more of it. Listen to your intuition. It is always right. Stay open to change—wide open.
Let go of expectation because expectation truly is the root of all heartache.
Ask for what you need. Save money—start now. Keep a diary—start now. Learn to let go of the things you cannot control—start now.
“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits.
“Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” (Unknown)
“Remember, when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.” (Neil Gaiman)
“Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy.” (Robert A. Heinlein)
“We all learn by experience, but some of us have to go to summer school.” (Peter De Vries)
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” (Thomas A. Edison)
“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” (Leslie Poles Hartley)
“You are only sure of today; do not let yourself be cheated of it.” (Henry Ward Beecher)
“You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.” (E.L. Doctorow)
“Mistakes are part of the dues one pays for a full life.” (Sophia Loren)
“The parents exist to teach the child, but also they must learn what the child has to teach them; and the child has a very great deal to teach them.” (Arnold Bennett)
“Find spaces of stillness if you want to get to the spaces where the answers are.” (Eckhart Tolle)

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