Post (c) Doris McCraw
According to Merriam-Webster the definition of mishmash is a confused mixture of things. It perfectly defines life right now. (No, I’m not talking politics. I leave that to those who are passionate about it.)
So what do I mean by life right now? Life is and always has been confusing. We learn as we go along, making mistakes and enjoying triumphs. We plan our journey, and do everything the way we think it should be, then…bam…some challenge gets thrown your way. The key to getting somewhere, go with the flow.
I always thought I would be a performer, and I have been. I decided at fifteen I would work with criminals. Been there, done that. I’ve always written, but didn’t think non-fiction would be in the picture. *OOPS* Teach me to think life didn’t have another idea.
The thing is, life really is a mishmash, but it isn’t such a bad thing. Instead, I prefer to think of all the wonderful experiences I’ve had in my lifetime as gifts. If I hadn’t started spending weekends in the research section of the library, I’d have missed out on some great friendships. I also probably would never have found the women doctors, and written scholarly papers on such diverse subjects as ancient volcanos, film commissioners and of course women doctors.
If my parents hadn’t encouraged me to take chances, to follow dreams and not worry about how others viewed me, I wouldn’t have been an acting teacher, played music professionally and been an actor. Because no one told me I couldn’t, I live a blessed life. So bring on the mishmash.
I’d like to share some of the thoughts of Mark Twain about life. Hope you enjoy the mishmash.
- You can’t depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus.
- Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.
- The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.
- Don’t part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
- It is curious–curious that physical courage should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare.
- There are not enough morally brave men in stock. We are out of moral-courage material.
And my favorite:
Let us endeavor so to live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry.
Angela Raines is the pen name for Doris McCraw
Author, Speaker, Historian-specializing in
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