J and I sometimes find ourselves reminiscing upon our life in D.C., our quiet cabin in the mountains, old jobs, former employers, offers turned down and opportunities forgone.
"I am a slow walker, but I never walk back." Abraham Lincoln
We find so much amusement in where we have ended up (e.g. dating since high school, marrying in the fall) and how many wishes have already come true.
"May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future."
Even more frequently we bat around ideas for the future, the where, when, what and whos of the coming years.
"I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today."
-William Allen White
This inevitably leads us to discussions about happiness and what it means to us to be successful and what we want out of life.
Success is what you attract by the person you become."
Pretty heavy stuff.
All I really need to know I learned in kindergartenby Robert FulghumMost of what I really need
To know about how to live
And what to do and how to be
I learned in kindergarten.
Wisdom was not at the top
Of the graduate school mountain,
But there in the sandpile at Sunday school.
These are the things I learned:
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.
Be aware of wonder.