Life's Lessons are Sometimes Right in Front of Our Eyes

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NOT TOO LONG AGO I was attending a social event that really, I hated. I had rather be at a cattle auction than this locale. I won't go into what the event was called, but all I know is that I did not fit in.

I sat down by myself to keep from getting a migraine and just sip my coffee which happen to be "the" highlight of my night.

As I sat and watched the crowd of people from varied walks of life, I noticed in the exposed steel rafters, a lone piece of bath tissue--swaying back and forth with the air conditioning. That tissue is just like me, I thought. Out of place. There are no bathrooms up there. So why is it there? The questions and answers kept rolling.

Maybe someone had a wild bachelor party here and didn't notice the bath tissue? Or maybe some prankish teenager threw it up there to just be a kid. I may never know. But that lone piece of bath tissue said one thing to me: "Sure we don't fit in. But "I" am going with the circumstances and having a good time even if I am alone." That one piece of advice has served me well.

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NOT MANY PEOPLE enjoy the sight of an elderly man's worn-out boots. I can understand that. When I was a kid, I didn't appreciate them either. That was until I grew away from being a kid into a semi-old guy. Now I understand not just the beauty, but the milestones a pair of worn-out boots once worn by an elderly man holds for those who are eager enough to learn.

  • The worn-out boots symbolize a lifetime of work. Hard work mostly. Working by hand. Doing jobs other people didn't want to do, but his family needed food, rent money, and clothes. So "he," as a young man in his late 20's slipped on his then new-boots then, and took off to another dreadful job after the other. Until the day that the three kids were grown and married off. Then he quietly slipped his worn-out boots off, sat them in the corner of his living room to rest. Along with him.
  • Not wearing the stylish, but the necessary clothes and shoes to fit the life and the job.
  • Common sense that guided the owner of these boots through mud, water, ice, snow, and the occasional pot holes that bruised his ankles.


When is a woman her prettiest?

Is it when she is dressed for a wild and whispered night on the town? Or when she turns loose of her own feelings and control of how she "should" act? Rigid rules of life can be a death sentence, said a poet of olden days. I can answer this question with this one statement: "When "this" woman holds a particle of God himself in her shaking arms. This moment represents fully a nine-month struggle of enduring, but mostly giving to a person who has not drawn the first breath. Then the moment. The birth of a new life that she has help to manufacture. Yes, every woman at this time has "that" glow around her. "That" glow is God speaking softly, "Nice job."

It would be unfair of me to not

share the downside of life. I can think of many, but one has to be the worst: Depression. And it can stem from most anything and everything and affect many at first and everyone before it finishes its plague-like growth. Depression chokes, smothers, and can suffocate the precious life out of any person no matter their color or age. And it still reigns in the darkness of a bedroom with curtains closed in daytime as well as the "Midnight Hour" when evil slips through reality. My lesson from depression is: I alone am helpless to fight this heartless being, but with one touch from My Maker, the faithful, I can live if only for one more day.

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The Animal Kingdom

is similar to human life in the fact that there are animals still enjoying their prime while others are enjoying "a" prime that didn't have years ago when chasing rabbits, raccoons and the fox. All in motion and some at rest. Taking the rhythms of nature by faith and doing what they were made for. Just like people. But with the exception of in the Animal Kingdom, I hear no whining about living conditions, low pay, cruel friends, but a silent acceptance by grace and maturity that leads them to a rest that is well-deserved for they have no shame of slacking-off when their work was to be done.

" I hope my 'thank you" will suffice for

you taking time to read my materials."

— Me, Ken Avery

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Jodah 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

Nice writing Kenneth and some good messages within. I like the advice of the bathroom tissue "Sure we don't fit in. But "I" am going with the circumstances and having a good time even if I am alone."


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bravewarrior 20 months ago from Central Florida

Kenneth, this is a very wise post. There's much to be learned by everything we see. Too many times we don't learn the lessons that are right in front of our faces because we take them at face value without delving into the symbolism. You've done a great job of that here.


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lupine 20 months ago from Southern California (USA)

Kenneth, This is one of your best hubs because it has a "Life" message. As I read it, I understood it... and was thinking, so awesome of you to have written this. You my friend, will always fit in, you are part of what makes a difference and is necessary in this world.


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maggs224 20 months ago from Sunny Spain

The beginning of your hub put me in mind of a poem that I learned at school over 60 years ago. The poem is called Leisure and begins

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare...

and ends with

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

Life lessons are there all around us if only we take the time to stand (or in your case sit) and stare.

This has been an enjoyable read Kenneth:D


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catgypsy 20 months ago from the South

Really love this hub Kenneth. It touched my heart.


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favored 20 months ago from USA

Like the title. Sometimes the most obvious things take some time to sink in to our over critical minds.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, favored,

Thank you so much for your kind remarks. I feel unworthy of such high comments. God bless you.

And you are so right about things being right in front of us.

Please come back soon.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dearest Catgypsy,

What a humble and pure comment you left. God bless you richly for being a Dear friend, follower and talented writer.

Kiss your Little Ones for me.

Love you.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, maggs224,

Wow! The poem, Leisure was so moving and touched my heart. Thank you very much.

Did you write that? You said you learned it in school. Do you recall who wrote it if you didn't?

I love poetry like this. It is near to being Abstract/Prose.

I appreciate your visit.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear lupine,

Where have you been and how are you? I have missed you.

Thanks, from my heart, for taking time to read and leave me such a comment. You are a very special person.

Come back anytime.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hello, bravewarrior,

I.O. you for such warm words. Thank you from my soul for such a nice comment. It uplifted me so much. I hope that God blesses you richly for your heart-felt writing.

Kenneth, Your Friend for Life


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Jodah,

I sincerely thank you for your honest comment. I appreciate you very much, my good friend and you are a talented writer too.

More than I.

God bless you in all you do.


Vickiw 20 months ago

One of the richest things in life is to fully appreciate the life experiences, good and bad, that teach us much, if we're just willing to learn. Thanks for the reminder, Kenneth! Wise and lovely thoughts.


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lupine 20 months ago from Southern California (USA)

Kenneth, it's always great to get your reply, you make my day.


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maggs224 20 months ago from Sunny Spain

William Henry Davies is the poet

and here is the poem in full

LEISURE

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

You can delete this comment after you have read the poem :D


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

maggs224,

Why? For me to delete such a well-written poem would be the same as slapping the Mona Lisa with a wet paintbrush. The poem is great. Loved it.

Thanks for stopping by.

And come back anytime.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Dear Lupine,

You are one sweet girl. And a terrific friend. I share the same opinion with you and about you.

Thanks for your comment and feel free to stop by and talk.

God bless you.


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kenneth avery 20 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama Author

Hi, Vicki W.,

You are right. Life lessons are around us everywhere and in all things IF . . .we will just stop and study.

Thank you for your lovely comment and come back anytime.


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Dana Tate 18 months ago from LOS ANGELES

This was a beautiful hub. I also believe a woman is the most beautiful after she has given birth to life. I also loved the story about the hard working man with the worn out shoes. I loved the message in that short story.

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