Essential equipment to be an adult

by Rod Smith

The Mercury – Thursday

Essential equipment for adulthood

A humble heart. A playful spirit. An eye for beauty. An affirming vocabulary.

A thoughtful mind, an assertive voice, and a strong backbone – and the willingness to use them.

A role in a family – and the willingness to embrace it. A place in a community – and the willingness to exercise it.

A supply of “thank you” cards, a fine pen, a supply of postage stamps – and the willingness to use them.

Punctuality. Trustworthiness. Respect for others.

An ability to discern and appreciate the impact our lives have on each other and the willingness to make repair when repair is necessary.

The capacity to think ahead, remember the past, and yet also enjoy the present.

The capacity to forgive and to forget when forgetting is helpful and to forgive and remember when remembering is necessary.

The capacity to be clear with others and yet to know what can remain unsaid.

The capacity to know what battles to embrace and which to ignore.

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