TAILS – “Three Things”
Tell three things you learned in 2008.
This weeks prompt was amazingly harder than I thought it would be. To say 2008 was a learning curve for me, is a fact. My challenge with this prompt, is putting what I think are the most valuable lessons in a positive light (because that’s just me. Or who I am trying to get back to, at any rate.)
- Fragility. Being a realist in most cases, I was surprised at how I had underestimated the fragility of life. I thought I was good at living life to its fullest each moment, but I wasn’t even close. Those I hold dear are now of the utmost importance to me. Things like money and jobs, while important and necessary, are less likely to keep me up at night. My dreams are filled with moments with the ones I love and how to get more of those times. Each one to be held tenderly and close.
- The strength and power of my children. This one is not something I was unaware of or had underestimated, so I should have been expecting it. Yet it astounds me to the core, the capacity and strength of their love for each other and our family. Life can beat them over the head with a 600 lb. mallet, and together they can get up, support each other and conquer all.
- Patience. There is nothing more adept at teaching patience than buying a house. Although my past experience hanging out for days or weeks in hospitals had warmed me to the idea of patience, home purchasing puts the keenest edge on this skill.