Thursday, December 17, 2009

A Christmas List of A Different Kind

Thought I'd share a great list of "life-lessons" I got in an email from one of my sisters today... they're the kind of "sayings" that you might find inside a Dove candy wrapper... and believe me, I'm well-acquainted with the inside of Dove candy wrappers...  

Enjoy... and I'll be back (hopefully later today) with pics of my 
Christmas decorating for this year.  

And let me tell you -- it is December 17th and do you know I am STILL NOT DONE?
It's going to GET DONE today, though
 'cause the stepping over, around and side-ways past mountains of 
huge plastic storage boxes all over the house is 
NOT my idea of  "the beautiful life" my friends.  


1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good. 
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step. 
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. 
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch. 
5. Pay off your credit cards every month. 
6. You don't have to win every argument. "Agree to disagree". 
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone. 
8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it. 
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck. 
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile. 
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present. 
12.. It's OK to let your children see you cry. 
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about. 
14. If a relationship has to be a "secret", you shouldn't be in it. 
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks. 
16 Take a deep breath. It calms the mind. 
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful. 
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger. 
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else. 
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take "no" for an answer. 
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special. 
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow. 
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple. 
24. No one is in charge of your happiness but you. 
25. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ''In five years, will this matter?". 
26. Always choose life. 
27. Forgive everyone everything. 
28. What other people think of you is none of your business. 
29. Time heals almost everything. Give time, time. 
30. However good or bad a situation is, it will change. 
31. Don't take yourself so seriously.. No one else does. 
32. Believe in miracles. 
33. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do. 
34 Don't audit life.. Show up and make the most of it now. 
35. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young. 
36. Your children get only one childhood. 
37. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved. 
38. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere. 
39. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back. 
40. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need. 
41. The best is yet to come. 
42. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.. 
43. Yield. 
44. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift. 


Ozma of Odds said...

...bravo!!!! I love this "nitty gritty" list ~ for you know, heartbreaks are the only way that light can shine through:)!

cathy said...

Those are wonderful "dove wrapper" sayings. And I loved the line about "NOT my idea of "the beautiful life"! Happy day, friend.

Chrissy said...

Ruth ...I just love this post,those 44 lines are just wonderful,going to show them to Meg when she gets home,right up her alley...can't wait to see your Christmas photos...go...hurry up!! xoxoox

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Ruth! I agree with each one on your list. Your blog is always a pleasure to visit. Hope all is going well with your family.
Have a fabulous weekend!

The Flying Bee said...

Don't feel bad, I am not done with everything either. Hope to be done soon, though!

Great little sayings! Looking forward to seeing your Christmas pics!


Beadboard UpCountry said...

Hi Ruth!
I am so glad you have boxes too!!!!!I got Robespierrs to clean out the attic with all the xmas stuff we hadn't decorated with for two years. 3/4 of it is still in the office!!!!Hang in there sister and have the happiest of holidays!

Kasey said...

I LOVE the saying it's ok
to agree to disagree.

north pal said...

yip skip! can't wait to see the photos of your decorating. i loved the sayings. many i had not seen before. i especially liked number 39,that was a new one for me and it is so true. waiting for the photos. take your time,but be speedy. :) Bestest,Denise :)

Paris Hotel Boutique said...

Ruth, love the sayings. They are so true! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and don't get too harried. Remember, "Take a deep breath. It calms the mind!" XOX Lynn

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Wonderful words to live by, Loved reading that list! Don't worry I still have boxes out too. I think that's the "decorator" in us.
Have a Wonderful Blessed Christmas!

Janean said...

the sayings endure because there's truth in them! thanks!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

How can I pick a favorite?
Of course I love all the ones about trusting God, but after those, I'd have to go with numbers 2, 4, 11, 17, 21 and 25.

Oh! Sweet friend, thank you SO much for my Christmas gift! I was so thrilled to get something special from you, you just can't know how much that meant to me.

I called and left ya a voicemail, dija happen to hear it? I know your phone has eaten my voicemails before. ;-)

Hope to talk soon!
Much love,

Ness Lockyer said...

Love this list Ruth! Now go and get that decorating done!!
Ness xx

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

Amen to that! I too love those "dove wrappers". I think they were made for women, don't you?

Looking forward to your Christmas photos.

Merry Christmas,