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Don’t melt the knife


We have all seen quotes or lists of things that stuck with us and absorbed them to our own extents into our lives.

A few nights ago I was using the oven for dinner, and I had left a steak knife on the top of the stove on a cookie sheet. After I ate my dinner I could smell something that I would describe as ‘not pleasing in the least’ and I quickly got that queasy feeling in the pit of my belly that something was wrong. Very wrong. But because there was no smoke and no fire, it took me a while to locate the source of my angst. Behold the melted knife.

Life is a lot like finding a melted knife. We absorb things slowly and perhaps without really realizing it, like the proverbial frog in the boiling water. Every so often we have an epiphany (painful or not) that makes us sit up and think. Sometimes with something that sticks. Just like the smell of freshly melted plastic.

Here is a little list that I have collected over the years, so not my original thoughts. Each one has collectively made me sit up and think. I look at this list each week and remind myself of the simple yet erudite messages with each one of these nuggets. They are not melted, but I hope you find a one or two that makes you sit up and think.

The only things we really regret in life are the things we did not do.

Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

When in doubt, take the next small step.

Life is too short to waste hating anyone.

Make peace with your past so that it won’t screw up your present.

Never compare your life to others – you have no idea what their journey and their struggles are all about.

If a relationship has to be secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

Life it too short for long pity parties. Get busy living.

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

Be eccentric now.

No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

What other people think of you is none of your business.

If we threw all our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

Don’t melt knives.

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