The Wisdom of Great-Grandmother's

Thursday, July 8, 2010

We all flit around in our daily lives doing whatever it is we do to make it our lives. Wandering from situation to situation we at times tend to think poor me, why me, or that should have been me. If there is one thing I have learned in my short life it is, “Nothing is as it seems.”

As a child being scared to death of certain types of movies I can recall what my Great-Grandmother would tell me, “Honey, it is only a movie, there is nothing to fear.” I have carried those words with me my entire life and while the words do not apply to adult situations, the sentiment does.

Nothing really is, as it seems, just like in the movies and sometimes, we as adults forget this optical illusion. We get caught up in our daily drudge, our muddling through the days, our moments of self-pity and we forget life is not as it seems.

I have never had an abundance of good fortune and have learned to live with, “if it can go wrong it will.” I expect it, I even plan for it, but muddle and drudge and self-pity I try to hold at bay, how?

I call on the words of my great-grandmother and I just replace “a movie,” with the word, life. “Honey, it is only life, there is nothing to fear.” Then I open my eyes, my heart and I take note.

As awful as my life may seem at any given point in time, when wishes are all I think I have left, I just say thank you. Thank you because as I look around and while taking note I realize, “nothing truly is as it seems.”

I can always look and find someone whom is worse off than I. Someone who needs my help, my out reached hand and when I reach out. Well, I worry no more of keeping those feelings at bay. They are replaced with joy.

The joy in knowing, “nothing really is as it seems,” and once again I say thank you.



7 comments:

Debbie said, 

What a sweet post. Excellent wisdom from your grandmother.

July 8, 2010 at 10:07 AM  
Alex J. Cavanaugh said, 

She was wise! And as long as you are still breathing, life isn't as bad as it seems.

July 8, 2010 at 11:47 AM  
welcome to my world of poetry said, 

A wonderful post (Wow 2 in a day )
I never knew my great grand parents but as a grandmother myself I hope I can pass on to my 4 grandchildren a wee bit of wisdom in my lifetime, I try but to be honest what they think when they see their grandmother going down a child's slode at the park how can they take me seriously.??????

Yvonne.

July 8, 2010 at 4:41 PM  
Jules said, 

Thank you all for the kind words. Someday I will tell you about her dough balls and how I love to fish because of her.

July 8, 2010 at 5:28 PM  
arlee bird said, 

Yours is a good outlook. I have found that in my life that I have missed out on a lot of great opportunities because of unfounded fears. I've had a great life, but it could have been greater if I had allowed it. Life is like a movie and we are writing our script.

Lee
Tossing It Out

July 8, 2010 at 6:20 PM  
Green Monkey said, 

I had a great Aunt Kitty that made me feel like I was the most special little girl in the world! my sister, who was 15 months older, mistakenly thought SHE was the most special. She was THAT good....

sadly i've experienced some very scary stuff - the death of a child tops the charts - but its true, nothing is as it seems. what I've learned is... just because he isn't here doesn't mean he's gone.

we're just getting to know each other so I'm curious... why do you want to et over the rainbow?
and will you tell us when and if you make it to the other side...and what you see!

best to you, MONKEY me

July 9, 2010 at 9:24 AM  
Jules said, 

Oh monkey,
I read your misfortunes and yes he is not gone.

I'll try to expand on the "Getting over the Rainbow" title some day in a post. You are the first to ask. And of course I would share my triumph and recant exactly what I find. It may not be worth the trip.

Good comment.

July 9, 2010 at 10:55 AM  
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