Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good


There is no time like the close of a year to focus on how we have lived this one, and how we might hope to find even more joy and goodness in the next.

I have always found that the words of wisdom worth holding on to comes from the very old; the most silly but often profound from the very young.

My 3-year-old grandson, in response to my voice this past week, deep and crackling with laryngitis, asked if I was mad, because I was talking to him “really mean” all of a sudden.

I said, “No, I’m just kind of sick. What do you think would make me feel all better?”

Without missing even a half-beat, his answer was, “Tractors! Play with tractors!”

Profound words

The next day I read Words to live By according to Regina Brett, written at age 90. It’s worth sharing.

  • “Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  • Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick; your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
  • You don’t have to win every argument; agree to disagree.
  • Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  • Don’t compare your life to others; you have no idea what their journey is all about.
  • Over prepare, then go with the flow.
  • Be eccentric now; don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  • Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this even matter?’
  • What other people think of you is none of your business.
  • Your children only get one childhood.
  • If we threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  • Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  • No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
  • Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”


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Judith Sutherland, born and raised on an Ohio family dairy farm, now lives on a 70-acre farm not far from the area where her father’s family settled in the 1850s. Appreciating the tranquility of rural life, Sutherland enjoys sharing a view of her world through writing. Other interests include teaching, reading, training dogs and raising puppies. She and her husband have two children, a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.


  1. Thanks for this. I like the idea of not comparing oneself to the other. We are all unique in our own ways. Being the best version of you brings much blessings and contentment.


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