1/31. I was 34, with few skills, 3 young children, and just finalizing a divorce, when I was discussing what to do with my future. My friend suggested that I return to school, possibly to study my new found passion for geology. My response was, "yeah, but I'll be 40 by the time I graduate." Her life changing response; You'll be 40 anyway."
Now I am 42, and 3 semesters away from completing my 3rd (and last) degree.
2/31. My crazy German hippie Godfather once sat me down when I was an angsty self destructing teen and said "look, Kate, I love you and I will always, always be here to help you pick up the pieces- but goodness does there need to be so many pieces?"
3/31. As a teenager I started pouting after a coach yelled at me. He looked at me said "the time to worry is when I quit yelling at you because that means I've decided you're not worth the effort".
4/31. After my wife left me I had an older coworker tell me something like this:
"Nothing I can say to you is going to make things easier or help you get through this, but just know that I am here to listen if you decide you would like to talk."
I was so weighed down with friends and family who loved me giving me unsolicited advice when all I needed was someone who respected me enough to just listen. I always take this approach with people who are going through hard times. If you truly care about them just listen, eventually they will ask you for advice.
5/31. "Isn't it funny how day by day nothing changes but when we look back everything is different..." - C.S Lewis
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