Here’s the rest of my 40 things I’ve learned in 40 years. To see the first ten, click here.
11. Revenge only causes more hurt.
12. There IS such a thing as too much technology.
13. Okay, I really don’t want to admit to this, but I love the guinea pig we’re watching for three years. Yes, I said three years.
14. Books are still better than movies.
15. It doesn’t matter how much gravel we put on our driveway, as soon as it rains, the rock runs for cover somewhere in the center of the earth.
16. Feeling loved is more important than having a spotless house. My kids aren’t going to remember if the windows had smudges.
17. Eating healthy makes me feel healthy. Okay, I know this, but I don’t always apply this one.
18. Along with number 17, exercise actually gives me more energy. Yep, I need to apply that one more too.
19. Sheep food is very dangerous to horses. See my guest blog on Nicole M. Miller’s site for details.
20. Being forty is better than any age so far.
21. I can convince myself of all sort of silliness through positive thinking. (see #20)
22. The enemy wouldn’t bother to attack if I weren’t headed for something amazing!
23. Investing in a child is never a mistake.
24. I will miss my grandmother every day of my life, especially on the particularly hard days and the particularly joyful days.
25. Learning to read opens up the world.
26. It’s okay that my taste in music is seriously eclectic.
27. When a child climbs into your lap with a book, there is nothing important enough to skip that moment.
28. Rejections move me forward and teach me more than any pat on the back. That’s not to mean I would turn my nose up at more contracts. Seriously…Anyone want to buy a manuscript?
29. Great Danes make awesome pets.
30. It’s not the people who don’t love you, it’s the people who DO that count.
31. Other writers are weird just like me.
32. I love spending time with other writers.
33. Prayerfully choose your top priorities and make decisions for your time based on these.
34. Spinach is actually very yummy when it doesn’t come out of a can.
35. Liver is not to be eaten.
36. Family has little to do with biology and more to do with the love and choices.
37. Women are their most beautiful at forty. Seriously…I read that somewhere.
38. Marriage is hard work, and worth every ounce of effort.
39. One sure way to cure a bout of sadness is to serve someone else.
40. And finally…I’ve learned that, although I’ve gained a bit of wisdom in the last forty years, I still know very little. Maybe by the time I reach eighty I’ll be wise.