While I believe we learn something new every day, sometimes very trivial and seemingly without meaning or substance in our life, there are things we learn that we take with us as we move on down the road. This is a list of random things I learned in 2013 in no particular order.
- Heavy traffic is much more tolerable when you turn on uplifting music (KLOVE) and seat dance while commuting. If you cannot seat dance because the car is moving, bobbing your head and singing along at the top of your lungs into your go-cup of coffee like it were a microphone works too. It will improve your mood immensely and help you start the day off on a positive note.
- No matter how nice someone is, or claims to be, actions will speak louder than words. Unless of course those words are written. Pay attention to what they say, do or write about others and you. It will show their true character.
- Contrary to what folks say about a tiger cannot change his stripes, people CAN and DO change. We aren’t tigers and if someone does take time to stop and really evaluate who they are, they can change negative characteristics about themselves, their direction in life, dreams, desires etc.
- The name, Zelda, means “blessed” in Yiddish. And The Kabalarian Society research results of the in depth meaning of the name is pretty spot on when it comes to me. What someone meant for meanness, I have embraced and have learned is really a beautiful, special name. (I still want an autographed copy of the book) Yes, I am, indeed, very blessed.
- My parents are not going to live forever. Yes, I realized that long ago, but this year I was really faced with their mortality and it’s caused me to count my blessings. Life dealt me some painful cards that resulted in my living with my mom again for 3 years, and I’ve been given a wealth of memories thanks to what I thought was a bad thing that turned into a great one.
- Just when I was ready to give up, literally that very night, and embrace being single for the rest of my life, someone read and responded to my dating profile on a singles site and changed my life forever. I discovered my heart could safely emerge from the self imposed shell and trust again, love again, and be filled with joy in a relationship one more time. I’m not his first, but I intend to be his last, and him mine.
- Essential oils, in 100% pure form, have some serious medicinal qualities that are just amazing. I have cured my insomnia with Lavender oil, and a sinus infection with Tea Tree oil.
- Some people are just born to be douche canoes and that cannot be changed unless they want too, and most of them don’t. Move on and leave them there in their sorry state, they are not worth it.
- There are times, regardless of how inappropriate it indeed may be, sometimes “really? well _____ (fill in appropriate name) can hug deeze nuts!” IS the correct response.
- Forgiveness and praying for those who have hurt you, isn’t about them, it’s about you. And you will be a better person for it as each day progresses. No, praying, “Lord I forgive them, and ask that You bless them with all that is good right after they are hit by a subway train” is not the idea, but certainly understandable that you might feel that way. After consistently doing so for 30 days you suddenly find that the root of bitterness has moved on and you actually do feel some care for them.
- When you sleep with a dog in your room, you soon discover that they too will snore. And they will sync up their breathing with the humans in the room so that the 2-legged soul rumbles, then the pup answers with kind of a whistle, rumble…whistle…rumble…whistle. And if you take the perspective that the sounds are those of beings you dearly love, it becomes a comforting sound you can sleep too.
- A kitten who is hungry at 3 am will not sing the song of her people outside the bedroom door. Instead she will run up and launch all 3 or 4 pounds of herself against the door, repeatedly, again and again and again until you either fall back asleep or give in and go fill the bowls. You won’t soon forget to fill them before retiring for the night.
- Developing an attitude of gratitude about EVERYTHING will help grow happiness in your heart.
Certainly that is not all, but it is a portion of the important things I will take with me as lessons learned, into the new year.