Lesson Learned


I’ve been asking random strangers what they have  learned along the way in life.

  • At the grocery store, Esther told me the #1 life lesson is to be honest, but her husband Martin doesn’t agree.
  • Ben, a car service manager, shared he’s increased loyalty by sending customers to a low-cost shop when the required fix isn’t technically demanding, but his manager doesn’t agree.
  • Paula, waiting in line for a table, told me she came out of unscheduled surgery to discover she has a congenital heart defect. She has learned to appreciate breathing, but her husband would prefer not knowing.

We each see the world from where we are.

Others may seem to have all the answers, but your best answers are your own.  Instead of asking others, ask yourself.  Look within for wisdom.

You’ve got this.

Life Lessons: Be Prepared



Always come prepared for rain.

If you visit Muirfield Village Golf Club for the annual Memorial Tournament, bring an umbrella.  Today’s no-precipitation forecast resulted in 100% drenching buckets of water, requiring galoshes and multiple delays in play.

Regular attendees expect this.  Umbrellas in tow, they shrug off curious glances on a bright and sunny day.  They’ve witnessed the Legend of Chief Leatherlips, buried on the tournament grounds and said to invoke downpours, who will orchestrate his curse of a rain delay at ant time.

Life Lesson: Hospitality

get-attachment.aspx_2This afternoon, I stopped by Ell Farm for raw honey.

Cincinnati’s surrounding hills trap pollen and mold, and locals suggest this sweet treat keeps transplants to the city from developing allergies.

Mrs. Ell was at the counter.  Realizing I know her daughter, she suggested I cut through the fields to my friend’s home and say hello.  I didn’t want to impose.  She insisted.

Walking through the organic orchard, I was welcomed by my friend’s young son and an invitation to pick apples! Tart, sweet and crisp, we giggled as we tasted them right off the tree, juice running down our chins which glinted in the sunshine.

Lesson: Accept all offers of hospitality for the potential joy they may bring.

Life Lesson: Sufficiency

Cincinnati Councilman Wendell Young

I met City Council Member Wendell Young at last night’s Cincinnati mayoral debate.

Remembering my blog challenge, I quickly asked if he had a life lesson to share with me.  Smiling and with hesitation in his voice, he replied “Don’t jump out of a perfectly good airplane, if you have a choice?!

I laughed as he explained how parachutes weren’t his favorite part of a stint in the US Air Force.  It’s generally better to stay in the plane.

Lesson: The thrill of a free fall isn’t necessary if you are already happy where you are and where you are going.

Life Lessons: Bright Stories



Annually, The Nesting Place blog challenges readers to post to their own blogs about a single theme during the entire month of October.   Last year 1200 bloggers participated and I was one of them – choosing to create and post a daily drawing.

For this year’s challenge I will post Life Lessons.  I will approach people I don’t know and ask what their greatest lesson has been.   I’m interested to discover whom I’ll meet and what I uncover.

Life Lessons:    Sufficiency         Hospitality           Be Prepared          Lesson Learned