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On Life…..

On Life…..

Distrust. Abuse – mentally and physically. Heartache. Debt. War. Drugs. Death.

Sometimes it is a chore to think past the moment you are in, cringing at the thought of having to face another day pretending life is great and all is good in the world. There is a feeling of doom surrounding you with dread as in ‘The Little Red Hen’ – “the sky is falling, the sky is falling.” You cut corners paying bills, robbing Peter to pay Paul. Your family wants for nothing – you make sure of that – someway – somehow. You are blindsided with tension and guilt on the home front.

Then – and only if you believe – the clouds fade away, the sun is shining brightly and the world is smiling, welcoming you with open arms. Lessons have been learned through trial and error, and a lot of ups and downs.You’ve learn to cut corners in you lifestyle instead of cutting corners in paying your bills. You’ve learned your lesson and realized possessions are only material things or ‘stuff’ and what is important are friends, relationships, family. You throw everything you have into being happy with what you have and to make the most of it. The game of life becomes easier to deal with. You are actually coping. No tension. No guilt.

So now we have – Sunshine. Smiles. Laughter. A sense of security.


Why is it that sometimes this is a hard lesson to learn? Why is it that we have to learn from our own mistakes instead of learning from others? Maybe it’s a process we all have to go through. Life is what we make it! Make it good!





About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress. Recently published is Coffee-Drunk Or Blind - a nonfiction story of homesteading in the Alaska wilderness with her parents and four siblings, told through letters by her mother and remembered accounts from the family.

7 responses »

  1. I agree with Suzannah–this post is a good reminder about what is important. Peace, the well-being of those we love–those are the important things.


  2. THe sun comes out and the clouds clear because you are the person you are, Miss Elle. You will it to happen and it does xo


  3. Everything you write is true…material things mean zip…peace is the ultimate goal…and that those you love are well and happy. Everything else is biodegradable. Nice reminder.



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