My friend, Terry Evanswood, once said that we know we’re old when we see each other and announce, “You look great!” like it’s a surprise to still look good at this age. I certainly see the years on my face. The wrinkles around my eyes are like tree rings – at least one for every year.

My birthday is this week, and since I am getting older by the minute, I’d like to think I’m a bit wiser too, so here’s my birthday wisdom:

  • If someone says, “Trust me. I know what I’m talking about,” they probably don’t.
  • The last bite of chocolate cake tastes best at the kitchen sink when everyone thinks you’re washing dishes.
  • No matter how bad things get, something good is simultaneously happening.
  • Television Commercials are loud so you can hear them on bathroom breaks.
  • Life can suddenly change course in seconds.
  • The longer you live the more you understand the waste of time in sweating the small stuff.
  • We’re all a bit quirky.
  • When you’re tired or stressed, give yourself a time out before you do or say something you will regret.
  • Everything really does look better after a good night sleep.
  • Relationships are fragile. One major hurt can damage a long-time connection forever.
  • There’s no need in worrying about what to do. Answers clearly reveal themselves with prayer and patience.
  • The delightful child you remember before their high school years will return after graduation.
  • Put your faith in God only. All other people, places, and things are flawed and will fail you at some point.
  • You only want to iron when the power is out.
  • Relationships are like dances. There are lots of styles. It’s your choice to waltz, swing, or tango with your partner.
  • Speed limits posted on highways are for suggestion only. No one really drives that speed.
  • Proving you are right in a discussion is pointless. If someone thinks the grass is purple, they aren’t going to listen to your reasoning.
  • Most of what seems so terribly important at the moment will be of no consequence in a year or two.
  • The world is full of people who need your love.
  • Smiles really are contagious.
  • Life is a gift. Enjoy the present.

©Mary K. Doyle

(Photo by Steven Lukasiewicz.)