2015-04-01 / County Lifestyles


Life’s truths - Part 1
by Jill Pertler

The older I get, the more I know that I didn't know what I thought I used to know back when I knew it all. As hum- bling as it is to not be the know-it-all I once thought I was, I have acquired bits of information and logic along the way that can be loosely characterized as knowledge. I call these snippets of wisdom life's truths. They are simple and basic scraps of insight that, once aligned, seem obvious - like 600 thread count tops 300 and you can never find a workable pen when you need it most.

These truths can be camouflaged in plain sight and go unnoticed until lived and learned, often the hard way. My list grew to the point that it no longer fit into one tidy article. This is the first installment of a two-part column, which will conclude next week. Life's truths: They can be funny, philosophical, practical and poignant. The one thing they have in common is an underlying validity. I'll bet you can to add a few of your own.

There is a difference between being smart and being wise. Both are good.

Going 30 miles per hour on a residential road feels much slower right after you have exited the freeway.

Dogs are more work than cats. Thinking to yourself, " I don't need to write my superb idea down, I'll remember it later," hardly ever works.

Your cat likes you, but only at certain times of the day. Your dog loves you. Period.

An old photo always looks better once it is old.

Every human being is a human being - with worries, wants, woes and a wish for happiness.

The grass may look greener on the other side of the fence, but it probably isn't.

We all want to be normal. Hardly any of us believe we are.

We all think we are above average. However, each of us considers our children way, way above average.

You can be a fan of chunky or creamy, but not of both.

When you are having a bad day, sometimes the best thing to do is something nice for someone else.

Adult cats do not meow at each other. They may hiss or even growl, but they reserve their meows for communicating with humans. Kittens will meow at their mothers and vice versa.

A good marriage is often hard work. But it is worth it.

Raising a family is often hard work. But it is worth it.

Just about anything that's worth anything is hard work. But it is worth it.

Nearly everyone can appreciate the value of a comfy quilt on a rainy Saturday.

Miserable people make other people miserable.

Words are powerful. Think twice before you speak, three times before you write and four times before you hit send.

Taste buds regenerate every 10 - 14 days. Just because you didn't like broccoli two weeks ago doesn't mean you won't like it today.

Everyone, at some time, thinks, "Is this all there is?"

When in doubt, listen.

The majority of us carry one of our most important and valued possessions in our pocket. Those who don't carry it in their purses, and I'm not talking about a fluffy white dog.

A smartphone can't love you back.

The difference between sour cream and yogurt is sour cream is made with cream and yogurt is made with milk. Greek yogurt is regular yogurt with more of the liquid whey removed.

Pondering what you should have said is a waste of time.

We all want to be wanted.

Someone wise (and intelligent) once told me you can change a lot of things in life, but you can't change the truth. They were right. I believe these life's truths are limitless - as vast and infinite as knowledge itself. I'm willing to bet that's the truth. I'll see you back here next week.

Jill Pertler is an awardwinning syndicated columnist, published playwright and author. She welcomes having readers follow her column on the Slices of Life page on Facebook.

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