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Recipes for Life

linusblankeTWith the end of the year approaching, have the tendency to take a look back at things. Don’t know if this is good or bad – but thoughts just creep in . . . how far we’ve come with David’s illness,  what’s happening out there in the world and what is waiting for us next year.   Guess it’s good I don’t have a crystal ball.

 

When things are bad . . .  good . . .   changing or unknown, I’ve found my ‘recipes for life’ seem to kick in.   Sort of like Linus, they’re my security blanket.

 

With all that being said, taking a look online the other day read a saying that really stuck.  Wonder who thinks these up?  For myself, there are several ‘recipes’ that I’ve followed – correction:  tried to follow – over the years.  My favorites are below.

Obviously the first I learned – taught by my parents –  was the Golden Rule – “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”    Not always easy.

When in elementary, read this one in a newspaper.  In fact, it made such an impression at the time that  I cut it out and kept if for many years on my desk . . .  sadly, it is now gone but not forgotten . . . . “It is not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game. “ 

Guess I would have to say my favorite  is this one as it has helped get me through some really tough times.  Found  it at a garage sale in Houston.  It still hangs in my bathroom where I see it at the start of every day.

 

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 “A truth I’ve learned with passing years significant, sublime, that all your troubles right themselves, if only given time. “

 

Have to think I’m still waiting for some of my troubles to ‘get right’. 

The recipe I read the other day was helpful,  especially if there are things we think others should be doing.

 

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So true….sigh.

 

And last but certainly not least, is the one my mom used to always say – ‘ This too shall pass’.     I think of this one and remember that the difficult times,  the times we aren’t particularly happy with what’s going on will eventually ‘pass’ and be replaced with something better – or at least that’s what we hope.

 

 

 

 

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