By Darla Van Rosendale, CEO

Last week I was looking through my folder where I keep devotions and inspirations I have collected over the past few years as I was looking for some encouraging words for myself during these challenging times. I came across something that was shared with me by a family member of a Dow Rummel resident after she passed away. I thought some of these words of wisdom fit due to the situation we are all going through right now with the coronavirus but others are just good advice for us to remember all the time. These are “20 Words of the Wise” from that resident, Alice.

1. There is no key to happiness. The door is always open.
2. Do the math. Count your blessings.
3. Faith is the ability to not panic.
4. Laugh every day, it’s like inner jogging.
5. Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape.
6. If we worry, we probably didn’t pray. If we pray, we probably don’t worry.
7. The most important thing in homes are the people.
8. God wants spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.
9. Dear God: I have a problem. Sometimes, it’s me!
10. Growing old is inevitable, growing up is optional.
11. Silence is often misinterpreted, but never misquoted.
12. Prayer is kind of like calling home every day.
13. When we get tangled up in our problems, be still. God wants us to be still so He can untangle the knots for us.
14. A grudge is a heavy thing to carry.
15. He who dies with the most toys is still dead. And who knows where he has gone?
16. We don’t remember days, but moments. Life moves too fast, so enjoy your precious moments.
17. Nothing is real until we experience it, otherwise it’s just hearsay.
18. It’s all right to sit on the pity pot every now and again. Just be sure to flush when you’re done!
19. Living our life successfully requires courage and risk-taking. The turtle only makes progress when it sticks out its neck.
20. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think of you.