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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sunday—Have a Mature Week

Wisdom from our garage refrigerator

A font of wisdom & leftovers

For years, we had a refrigerator that held magnets.

It was the Pinterest of our home, before anyone thought of creating a website for pinning up their favorite things.  PinIt! would have been a better name because to me Pinterest looks like either Pint-erest or Pine-interest.

Anyhoo, when the old fridge gave out, we replaced it with a steel front refrigerator that does not hold magnets.  It's a real inconvenience, and if I'd known that the new fridge does not hold magnets, I probably would have shopped around for a different style.  Our fridge was more than our family bulletin board.  It was an ongoing art project and an expression of who we are.

Business cards, awards, notes, poetry, newspaper clippings, family photos, lists, health advice, postcards, and school artwork—all reminders of our accomplishments, our goals, and our unique identity as a family.  Everyone was represented, including our family members of fur.

The magnets and all of their attached contents were moved to the garage refrigerator, where they greet us every time we have to retrieve an extra gallon of milk or leftovers for dinner.  I love the refrigerator magnets, and today I'm going to share one of my favorite clippings, which is now brown with age.  There is no date or byline, but I think it was probably cut out of our local newspaper, the Contra Costa Times.  I've seen several versions of this online, but this is the one that caught my attention.


Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence.

Maturity is patience.  It is the willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of long-term gain.

Maturity is perseverance, the ability to sweat out a project or a situation in spite of heavy opposition and discouraging setbacks.

Maturity is being big enough to say, "I was wrong."  And, when right, the mature person need not experience the satisfaction of saying, "I told you so."

Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it.  The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities and then do nothing.

Maturity means dependability, keeping one's word and coming through in a crisis.  The immature are masters of the alibi.  They are the confused and the conflicted.  Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business, and good intentions that somehow never materialize.

Maturity is the art of living in peace with what we cannot change, the courage to change what should be changed and the wisdom to know the difference.

Have a great week, everybody!