“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.