I’ve been thinking about this one for a few days and can’t decide on a life lesson I want to feature. There are too many, and when I start writing them, they sound so cliché. You can’t take it with you. You are what you eat. A penny saved is a penny earned. I don’t know. None of them feel like they have legs in this post.
The life lesson I thankful for, but think that was the hardest for me to learn is that free will is a *bleep*. To spare you from feeling like I’m on a couch and you’re a therapist, suffice it to say that it’s hard to watch someone do something you know is harmful or otherwise not good for them, but not have the ability to stop them. This example comes from a simple enough place. Several years ago my dad wasn’t doing well health-wise and his doctor gave him a list of things that could help that seemed easy to me. Drink more water. Exercise. Avoid certain foods (bacon, man he loved bacon). He resisted. I nagged. He resisted. I got angry. He resisted. I became someone I didn’t even want to be around. 🙁 I thank God for his patience and tolerance with me. I learned he was a grown man making deliberate decisions. It was a really hard lesson to learn but once it clicked, I was able enjoy him again.
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