Words of Wisdom

(Like I said, these ones I’ve picked up over the years and they never cease to inspire me.  We have some pretty smart people walking around this planet.)

Appreciation

“You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone, but you never know what you have been missing until you get it.”
(Author Unknown)

Believing in Yourself

“Whether you think you can, or think you can’t – – you’re right.
(Henry Ford)

Friends

“My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.”
(Lee Iacocca)

Happiness

“They say a person needs three things to be truly happy in this world:  someone to love, something to do, and something to hope for.”
(Tom Bodett)

Idle Chatter

“It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring.”
(Spanish Proverb)

If I Had My Life to Live Over

Interviews with the elderly and the terminally ill do not report that people have regret for the things they have done but rather people talk about the things they regret not having done.

I’d dare to make more mistakes next time.
I’d relax.  I would limber up.
I would be sillier than I have been this trip.
I would take fewer things seriously.
I would take more chances.
I would take more trips.
I would climb more mountains and swim more rivers.
I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
I would perhaps have more actual troubles but I’d have fewer imaginary ones.
You see, I’m one of those people who live sensibly and sanely hour after hour, day after day.
Oh, I’ve had my moments and if I had it to do over again, I’d have more of them.  In fact, I’d try to have nothing else.  Just moments.
One after another, instead of living so many years ahead of each day.

I’ve been one of those people who never go anywhere without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a raincoat and a parachute.
If I had to do it again, I would travel lighter next time.
If I had my life to live over, I would start barefoot earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
I would go to more dances.
I would ride more merry-go-rounds.
I would pick more daisies.

(Nadine Stair, age 85)

Insight

“The time to stop talking is when the other person nods his head affirmatively but says nothing.”
(Henry S. Haskins)

Laughter

“Laughter is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one place.”
(Josh Billings)

Love

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”
(William Arthur Ward)

Perception

“The basic difference between an ordinary man and a warrior is that a warrior takes everything as a challenge; while an ordinary man takes everything either as a blessing or a curse.”
(Don Juan)

Self Esteem

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
(Eleanor Roosevelt)

Solutions

“For every problem there is one solution which is simple, neat, and wrong.”
(H.L. Mencken)

Without Fear

During the civil wars in feudal Japan, an invading army would quickly sweep into a town and take control. In one particular village, everyone fled just before the army arrived – everyone except the Zen master. Curious about this old fellow, the general went to the temple to see for himself what kind of man this master was. When he wasn’t treated with the deference and submissiveness to which he was accustomed, the general burst into anger.

“You fool,” he shouted as he reached for his sword, “don’t you realize you are standing before a man who could run you through without blinking an eye!” But despite the threat, the master seemed unmoved.

“And do you realize,” the master replied calmly, “that you are standing before a man who can be run through without blinking an eye?”
(Zen Proverb)

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