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Birthday Wisdom


My friend, Terry Evanswood, once said that we know we’re old when we see each other and announce, “You look great!” like it’s a surprise to still look good at this age. I certainly see the years on my face. The wrinkles around my eyes are like tree rings – at least one for every year.


My birthday is this week, and since I am getting older by the minute, I’d like to think I’m a bit wiser too, so, here’s my birthday wisdom.

  • If someone says, “Trust me. I know what I’m talking about,” they probably don’t.

  • The last bite of chocolate cake tastes best at the kitchen sink when everyone thinks you’re washing dishes.

  • No matter how bad things get, something good is simultaneously happening.

  • Television Commercials are loud so you can hear them on bathroom breaks.

  • Life can suddenly change course in seconds.

  • The longer you live the more you understand the waste of time in sweating the small stuff.

  • We’re all a bit quirky.

  • When you’re tired or stressed, give yourself a time out before you do or say something you will regret.

  • Everything really does look better after a good night sleep.

  • Relationships are fragile. One major hurt can damage a long-time connection forever.

  • There’s no need in worrying about what to do. Answers clearly reveal themselves with prayer and patience.

  • The delightful child you remember before their high school years will return after graduation.

  • Put your faith in God only. All other people, places, and things are flawed and will fail you at some point.

  • You only want to iron when the power is out.

  • Relationships are like dances. There are lots of styles. It’s your choice to waltz, swing, or tango with your partner.

  • Speed limits posted on highways are for suggestion only. No one really drives that speed.

  • Proving you are right in a discussion is pointless. If someone thinks the grass is purple, they aren’t going to listen to your reasoning.

  • Most of what seems so terribly important at the moment will be of no consequence in a year or two.

  • The world is full of people who need your love.

  • Smiles really are contagious.

  • Life is a gift. Enjoy the present.

©Mary K. Doyle


(Photo by Steven Lukasiewicz.)


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