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What 50 years have taught me
by Debra (DM) Kraft

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
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50 years worth of life's lessons can be broken into just a few, brief statements...

 

While this is more of an introspection than a poem, it seems to fit more as a poem than as a blog, an article or a story....

What 50 years have taught me:

Life is less about finding answers than it is about seeking them.

An ideal life is not a steady, consistent progression. It involves 2 steps forward and anywhere from 1 to 3 steps back. It involves peaks and valleys. The peaks feed your soul and fuel your strength to endure the valleys. The valleys feed your heart and build your wisdom to appreciate the peaks.

Whatever ideal life I can envision with clarity will always remain elusive. The true ideal is one I cannot see. It will only be revealed to me in time, and it will only be revealed if I keep my eyes and my heart open enough to see it.

The only certainty in life is that it will be fraught with uncertainty.

Promises are not guarantees, and even guarantees can be voided by the uncertainties of life. Each promise that is fulfilled should be recognized for the gift it truly is.

If I limit my expectations to the unexpected, I will never regret what never comes to be.

I thrive on stories and dreams, the greatest of which highlight compassion, understanding and brotherhood, and serve as reminders that love and faith really can conquer all.

And lastly:

Life really is a walk in the park...at least, that's where the filter is, the one that sorts fiction from truth and helps me to see who's really behind the curtain.

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Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/28/2011
well put!
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/26/2011
Wise and impressively articulate, Debra,
i like these musings very much...limiting
expectations is a lesson still to be learned
by most sold on 'the dream'... not dreams...
there is a difference; the final one is
so well said.

John
Reviewed by George Carroll 7/26/2011
That's what makes life interesting even to an old guy like me, always looking forward to tomorrow before I burn out today and extinguish what God gave me. You gotta have heart and old song used to say.

George
Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/26/2011
A gift life is ... yes ... and there has to be balance, in all things, and clear perspective to bring fruition to each persons gift. Strangely, 'behind the curtain' (though we view it as being something disparate at times) another reality exists pondering what's behind the curtain from another perspective. I haven't seen your name for years Debra. Hope all is well. peace to you ... richard



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