Beauty in Hindsight


Being absolutely certain that one is right is part of growing up

and so is realizing years later

that the truth may be more nuanced.

Rebecca Meade


As you gather with loved ones this Thanksgiving, what will you count among your favorite blessings?  I am thankful for great health and the freedom to create happy memories, the constant love of friends and family, the joy of working with the inspiring and generous women featured on this blog.  I am most thankful for the wisdom that comes from looking back on my life and seeing the big picture, how things eventually work out for a good reason, if we hang on to our sense of humor through the desperation and disappointment of not getting what we want. Then there are the the many little things we may take for granted, like the first one on this list of comforting quips from What I Wish I’d Known in the book compilation The Most of Nora Ephron:

The empty nest is underrated.

If the shoe doesn’t fit in the shoe store, it’s never going to fit.

When the children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.

The plane is not going to crash.

There’s no point in making piecrust from scratch.

Anything you think is wrong with your body today you will be nostalgic for a decade later.

Write everything down.

Keep a journal.

Back up your files.

Overinsure everything.

Whenever someone says “Our friendship is more important than this,” watch out, because it almost never is.

Take more pictures.

You can order more than one dessert.

You can’t be friends with people who call after 11:00 pm.

The world’s greatest babysitter burns out after two and a half years.

The last four years of psychoanalysis are a waste of money.


Never let them know.

If friends ask you to be their child’s guardian in case they die, you can say no.

There are no secrets.

You never know.

Click on “Leave a Comment” (top left) to share what hindsight makes you thankful at last. Happy Gobble Gobble!








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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mountain
    Nov 28, 2019 @ 07:52:12

    Well I have to say that as soon as I opened the blog this week my first thought was, WOW! As I went through and looked at the all the photos, my thoughts didn’t change. Beautiful and so sexy!
    Hindsight, I’ve gotten past thinking about what if, as it pertains to how I’ve lived my life. I think more now of the things I’ve done and still strive to do that make lives better. For my two daughters especially. But I also like to think I’ve made decisions that were helpful to others throughout my life. I guess that is a big part of getting older and realizing that it’s not all about just me, and it never was. So, moving forward and looking back I feel good about myself and thankful I was taught while growing up to be thoughtful and helpful to others.

    Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Day!
    PS—definitely over tip!


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