Little Bit of Wisdom:
2013 - 

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With occasional breaks, I've been writing the Little Bits of Wisdom since 2005.   Those written through 2012 are archived at littlebits-early...

Writing the Bits requires constant awareness of the wisdom with which life showers us and I find I miss that awareness,  Sharing the Bits is a separate reward in itself.  Please, if you know someone who would appreciate the Bits, direct them to the web page and/or to me.

I invite you to bookmark this site and join me often.  I would dearly love to receive your responses, new ideas, etc. -- whatever you would like to pass on to me.


April 14, 2013

 Today I live in the quiet joyous expectation of good.

                            Ernest Holmes, spiritual writer and leader

I have left my home in Santa Fe to return to North Carolina to be near my beloved daughter.  The move was easier than expected and for that I am most grateful.

However, the reality of the housing situation here is dismal, to put it mildly.  I face long waiting lists and a plethora of people who could care less whether one old woman finds a suitable home of her own.

Yet my every need has always been met exactly as I needed and exactly when I needed.  My unswerving conviction is that this is reality and will continue as it has in the past.  So Ernest Holmes and I are in full agreement.

How about you?


March 19, 2012

The quest for certainty blocs the search for meaning.  Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.

                            Erich Fromm, theologian and philosopher

The longest journey is the journey inwards.  Of him who has chosen his destiny, Who has started upon his quest for the source of his being.

                            Dag Hammarskjold, statesman

 A dear friend mentioned that she feels like she is on a quest in her life but she hasn't figured out what it is yet.  I've been around a whole lot longer than she has and I still haven't figured out my quest either.

Perhaps we will never know, but we still keep searching.  Sometimes that has to be enough.

What's your quest?  Or do you know?

March 12, 2013

(he)… had no patience with people who couldn’t define exactly what they wanted and how they wanted it.  A man should always be able to articulate his wishes and goals.


                            Karen Ranney, author

I've often said that if you don't know what you want you are not likely to get it.  Just as important is the ability to articulate your wishes and desires.  After all, if you can't tell the people around you and the Universe as a whole, how can anyone help you?

Oh you think you can do it all on your own?  That just having your own "sense" of what you want is enough?  Sorry, Bub!

March 2, 2013

What would you do if you weren't afraid?

                            Spencer Johnson, author

We often go through life with little awareness of how much the role of fear plays in our decisions.  Perhaps if we asked Johnson's question more often we would be living, working and playing bigger than we are.

So what *would* you do if you weren't afraid?

February 25, 2013

Society has divided us into hierarchies: women/men, white/black, etc. but we are not.   We are a circle; we are linked.

                            Gloria Steinem, feminist icon

So I paraphrased, but you get the idea.  How much more productive it is to think of people in our society -- in the world -- as an interlinked circle rather than separated layers of differences!

So do you think in terms of links or layers?

January 22, 2012

...she had...decided that while pessimists might be proven right, optimists had a lot more fun and going through life with the occasional regret was better than going through life with a negative attitude.

                            JoAnn Ross, author

Two kinds of people, right?  So would you rather be right more often?  Or have a lot more fun along the way?

January 6, 2013

never be poor, old or disabled.

Sorry to say I am already in two of these categories, and too often teetering on the edge of the third.  I'll be 70 in a few weeks and have multiple health problems which defiitely limit my physical activities.  With our economy so in the tank, I have become aware of one huge inequity in the Social Security regulations.

Did you know that divorced women draw only half their ex-husband's amount in Social Security benefits?  Until he dies.  Then she draws the full amount he used to draw.  This leaves a huge percentage of the aging population living in penury.  And although the law applies equally to men who are divorced from women who previously made much higher incomes, the women being shortchanged by this inequity far outnumber the men.

I'm surprised there aren't more old divorced men meeting death under peculiar circumstances!



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