Just below are borrowed words I found on-line by an unknown author. Line by line it rings real and true for me. I am in a period of renewal: a time of joy, understanding and change. I can feel myself maturing and growing as the seasons change from Fall to Winter. I am well. I am content. I am happy. I am grateful!
You want the truth?
Well, here it is.
Eventually, you forget it all.
First, you forget everything you learned;
the dates of wars and Pythagorean theorem.
You especially forget everything you didn’t really learn,
but just memorized the night before.
You forget the names of all but one or two of your favorite teachers;
and eventually you forget those, too.
You forget your junior year class schedule and where you used to sit,
and your best friend’s home phone number
and the lyrics to that song you must have played a million times.
And eventually, but slowly, you forget your humiliations –
even the ones that seemed indelible just fade away.
You forget who was cool and who was not,
who was pretty, smart, athletic, and not.
Who went to a good college,
who threw the best parties,
who had the most friends –
you forget all of them.
Even the ones you said you loved,
and the ones you actually did.
They’re the last to go.
And once you’ve forgotten enough,
you love someone else.
You replace the old friends with new ones.
You replace the old knowledge with new knowledge.
You replace what was with what is.
And one day you’ll look back at this time in your life
and wonder why you were so miserable.
You’ll ask yourself why you let certain things get to you,
why you let people get to you.
You won’t even be able to name the people whose opinions currently mean everything.
The truth is that everyone forgets,
and everyone is forgotten,
everyone replaces and
everyone is replaced.
I chose intentionally to write today’s installment of “Good Morning Gratitude” at the end of the day instead of the beginning. I am in a period of awakenings and finding my inner compass again that has been misplaced for such a long time. The old is being shed. The new is being embraced. My weekend has been wonderfully rich and today especially so. Time with people I care about filled Saturday and Sunday, both beautifully sunny and cool days. My awareness of affection for my friends and everything around me has been heightened the last two days. Why? There is a spark of love in my heart and that is the filter I am seeing the world through. I am very grateful….
I have a simple philosophy:
Fill what’s empty.
Empty what’s full.
Scratch where it itches.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth