August 3, 2010

stop and see the sunset

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."
-Wayne Dyer

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."
-Jim Rohn

Pretty heavy stuff.

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten

by Robert Fulghum

Most 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:

Share everything.
Play fair.
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.

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