The Real Things in Life

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“The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”  ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder

Say what you will for there will be those who disagree with me.  It’s a choice in how you view your world and the changes which arrive at times when you least expect them and when they are less than favorable for change.  But the choice remains yours alone in how you view the real things in life for they don’t change.  What are the real things in life to you?  What matters most to you?

I like the above quote for no matter our circumstances we can find happiness in the simple pleasures and they are what count.  Boil down what matters most in life and what you believe is your heritage, what you leave behind as your legacy, and you can find what is real.  Fame and fortune while nice to have, are not real to me.

A life filled with goodness, love, faith and mercy.  Finding happiness in the simple pleasures is what I’d like my legacy to be.  A life filled with respect, kindness, integrity and an openness to love and to forgive is what I strive for in my life.  I am not so dense as to think I can tick off this list easily.  Quite the opposite.  I believe that it is a conscious effort to choose how to live each and every day.  It is the sum of these that I share as my hope-filled legacy and memory after I am gone.

I love Laura Ingalls Wilder and spent many a Sunday night cozy in bed with my Mom and Sissy as we watched Little House on the Prairie.  I think that this quote is simple and true and thought provoking to some.  Perhaps it resonates with you as well.

May you find peace in suffering and changes.  May your life be filled with liquid moments of friendship, connections and love.  May you build a sturdy bridge from here to eternity and may you meld with love in all you do.

Shine On!

xo

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25 thoughts on “The Real Things in Life

  1. I just loved this!!! I’m on the same wave length over at Petals. Shout it to the rooftops that simple works best! What matters most is LOVE and human decency. Great post, Yvonne. Love, Amy

  2. I enjoyed reading this very much. It took me many years to understand that my reaction to what happened in my life was always my choice. Now I chose to see the best in everything. I go with the flow more and enjoy the ride. I loved the series on TV but I was a grown woman when it was on with children of my own. I loved the parents who were thoughtful and kind in their every thought and action. Mostly, I loved your prayer/blessing at the end of this post. I have saved it to read as needed. I have even chosen to change my view of my childhood and most of my adulthood. It was not so much suffering, now I see it as learning how I want to be in my life by the contrast. I get to chose to do better than was done to me and harbor no animosity. That makes life all good.

    • Sending you big heartfelt hugs! I love that you now know you have a choice in everything and that you choose happiness and love! We all have a story to tell and it’s our job to live a beautiful life because of our troubles (or in spite of)! xoxo

  3. Great post and you hit all the right nails squarely on the head. Thank you for all the blessings you offered us. I wish the same things for you, Yvonne. And may be both sparkle with in the light of the Lord’s goodness and mercy!!!! Hugs and love, N ❤ ❤ ❤

  4. Thank you, as always, for your inspired wisdom. I love your closing prayer: May you find peace in suffering and changes. May your life be filled with liquid moments of friendship, connections and love. May you build a sturdy bridge from here to eternity and may you meld with love in all you do. (ah…liquid moments and melding…)

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