Sunday, December 30, 2012
Things I learned in 2012
I learned how to properly fry chicken.
One should not try to move a full kettle of canned tomatoes from point A to point B until it cools off.
Sweet potato plants can look totally dead and dry upon arrival and still come back to life.
I have yet to see a portion of the USA that is any more beautiful than Colorado.
Cats get fat and lazy once they're neutered.
After a long period of not attending church, it's good to be back in the habit of gathering with like-minded people once a week. Somehow it helps keep my mind on the right track.
If someone comes along who constantly "rubs me the wrong way", all I have to do is keep my mouth shut and figure out the lesson I am supposed to be learning from that person. Oh yes, there is always a lesson there; if I'm wise, I will find it and put it to good use in my own life.
Years ago, I read a book called "Lord, Change Me". I've forgotten what the book was even about, but the title has stayed with me. The older I get, the more I realize that I can't change anybody else; I can't always change my circumstances; but if I really try, I can work on my attitude, and that changes how I perceive difficult people... whether they are neighbors or relatives or politicians.
You can't rollerskate in a buffalo herd, but you can be happy if you've a mind to.
Travel east, travel west, after all, home is best. My Grandma Stevens had a throw pillow with those words on it; I believe Uncle Paul got it for her during or after WWII. I think about it every time we leave home for several days.
Life is even shorter than I thought.