Over Thanksgiving break I went home to visit my parents in a small town near Dallas Fort Worth. Since they were moving to a new home, they had boxed up a bunch of old ribbons, pictures, trophies, and books of mine. Included in one of the boxes was a folder full of finished projects. The folder contained this:
My little Texas Elementary School 5th grade class had been asked to come up with one sentence life lessons from some very popular children’s books. I wondered if my 10 year-old self would have any applicable wisdom for me today, so I perused “My Wisdom Book.” Why do we make things so complicated as adults? If only I could live as simply as my 10 year-old self preached!
“I learned that you need to use what you have in the best way you can.”
“I learned that best friends will lean on each other and even if one moves or is lost, They’ll always love one another.”
“This lesson taught me to always be determined and even if you feel you are poor. You are rich in a way.”
“The important thing about this book was if you love something that much, you will try it and never give up.”
“If you have it all, nobody is going to like you, if you are not nice about it.”
“This book taught me that you don’t have to follow the group. You should do what makes you feel good.”
“the perfect summary-moral of this story would be friends are the most valued posession in life and don’t take advantage of them.”
“I learned that it’s not what people look like it’s what’s inside that counts.”
“The handsome boy isn’t always sweet. And people should like you for who you are.”
“I learned don’t judge someone by what they look like.”
“Something I learned was friendship is more important than money. And some people don’t always realize that.”
“In this book there was a lesson that says friends will appreciate you for who you are, not for what you think you can do better than anyone else.”
Pretty smart advice if I do say so myself!
Now… to live… to LIVE is a-whole-nother question at hand.