Elder Wisdom

Elder Wisdom

I can remember a time when I thought anyone over 30 years old was, well, old. More importantly, I thought I knew more about life than any person that old or older! Advice, wisdom, from my elders couldn’t be of use. However, as I reached my own 30 year milestone, and the subsequent 40, 50 and 60 year milestones, I have come to realize that age does in fact produce some profound and useful wisdom. So, in recognition of that realization, I am posting some wisdom from another generation, one that actually did know a lot about life.

Have integrity and a sense of humor -- all else will fall into place.

"Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get." - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Friendship - Comes from mutual esteem, respect and devotion. Like marriage it must not be taken for granted but requires a joint effort. Coach Wooden in Pyramid of Success:

By the way, it is the "little things that matter" that make all the difference in business, in a successful marriage, and in one’s personal life. Today, "take care of the little things that matter."

A decade's worth of scientific studies shows gratitude has the power to improve your happiness, health, marriage and job.

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” - John Steinbeck

“A word of encouragement from a teacher to a child can change a life. A word of encouragement from a spouse can save a marriage. A word of encouragement from a leader can inspire a person to reach her potential.” - John Maxwell

Rules for a Happy Marriage:

• Never both be angry at once.

• Never yell at each other unless the house is on fire.

• If you must criticize, do so lovingly.

• Never bring up a past mistake.

• Neglect the whole world, rather than each other.

• Never let the day end without saying at least one complimentary thing.

• When you've said or done something hurtful, acknowledge it and apologize.

• Never meet without an affectionate greeting.

• Remember, it takes two to argue.

• Never go to bed mad. -- Ann Landers

Wisdom, good advice and a reason to remember those who have been on the journey longer than we have!