If I Had Known Then...
What I know now
Published June 2, 2012 @ 6 a.m.
(Editor’s Note: Janice Plummer is Manager of the Post Area Chamber of Commerce. She is also the Director of Post Animal Refuge Center.)
When I was 14, like most teenagers, I was pretty sure I knew it all. I come from very loving parents and grew up around extended family members who were full of wisdom. Maybe I could have avoided some mistakes if I had listened to that wisdom and taken it to heart early in life. However, I hope I have learned from the mistakes I have made in life and those experiences have made me who I am today.
What I have learned is that you can’t control other people, only your reaction to them. Stand strong in what you believe, but don’t force your beliefs on others. Don’t expect other people to make you happy. True happiness comes from within. Inner peace comes from salvation and being secure in your relationship with God.
Find something to do that makes a difference. Realize that money is not the greatest reward in life. Don’t be afraid to do something that makes your community a better place, but don’t expect the rest of the world to help – do it because you believe in it.
Spend time with people you love. Don’t get so involved in details that you forget to have fun. Don’t take things too seriously – laughter is good for your soul.