“What you need to know about the past is that no matter what has happened, it has all worked together to bring you to this very moment. And this is the moment you can choose to make everything new. Right now.”
I got curious as to how the daily has changed over the years so I picked today as the day to look back.
November 21, 2000
Believe it or not today is world hello day. So hi there.
If you are in the US this is the week you will:
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday,
Take lots of family pictures,
Eat way too much,
And swear that you are going to start dieting next Monday.
At least that is what I will do.
November 21, 2001
It was on this day in 1620 that the Pilgrims made landfall at Provincetown Harbor on Cape Cod after 67 days at sea. While anchored in the harbor, the Mayflower Compact was signed. The Pilgrims didn’t call it a "compact" and we can’t be absolutely certain of its contents as the original has never been found. Arguably the Compact is of little actual legal significance but it is of great symbolic significance as it was the first democratic document written by colonists.
November 21, 2003
There are some advantages to retirement; you get to do stuff that you wouldn’t otherwise. As an example I recently revisited philosopher John Stuart Mill’s essay “On Liberty.” In his essay he makes a strong case for freedom of speech and expression. He makes the point that when opinion is suppressed society looses the opportunity to test conventional wisdom, as well as to discover where truth lies, even when that truth is generally unpopular. That got me thinking that Mill was proven right a number of times in the last century. Nation after nation who controlled their press and speech have withered or even died as they stagnated in an environment sustained by people who were spoon fed the party line.
It got me to wondering if many of us don’t voluntarily suffer from the same syndrome. In years past we all pretty much read the same things, listened to the same news, heard the same debates and discussed the issues with each other. In other words ideas were offered and tested in full view of us all. Today many of us have the ability to choose only what we agree with, often because of emotion, prejudice, or a lack of intellectual curiosity.
November 21, 2005
To all the children, I am sorry.
•I am sorry that we have not been better role models.
•I am sorry that you have had to observe the anger and ill will displayed by so many of us.
•I am sorry that we did not support better education so that you could have learned and discovered all the wonder that is in you.
•I am sorry that we would not pay for longer school years, longer school days, and an earlier start, when parents of children in other parts of the world did so.
•I am sorry that we could not replace the foreign born PHDs that provided so much advanced education to the brightest among you. If we would have done a better job educating you we would not have needed them.
•I am sorry that we depended so much on fast food and junk food that we did not eat together more often and that you never experienced the joy that comes from cooking a special meal.
•I am sorry that we gave you soft drinks and candy instead of the foods you needed for good health.
•I am sorry that we did not put in more sidewalks, parks, and recreational opportunities so that you would not have put your health at risk as obesity ran rampant.
•I am sorry that so many of you did not get the medical attention you needed as more and more parents could no longer afford it.
•I am sorry that we preferred to mortgage your future by our unwillingness to pay for our wars and our needs as the bills came due.
•I am sorry that we did not walk more beaches together instead of going to so many theme parks, movies, and arcades.
•I am sorry we did not provide you more to read.
•And I am sorry that we were satisfied providing you electronic games to keep you busy so that you would not depend on us to often.
I hope you can do better, if you don’t you too will have to apologize to the children. The world can be a much better place for everyone, but only if you make it that way.
In a software design meeting, we were using typical technical Jargon to discuss a data exchange interface with a vendor. One co-worker said the programming we had ordered was delayed because the vendor was suffering from a "severe nonlinear waterfowl issue." Curious, the team leader raised his eyebrows and asked, "What exactly is that?" The programmer replied, "They don’t have all their ducks in a row."
The coach’s wife yells to her husband, "It’s Sports Illustrated on the phone."
The coach falls all over himself racing to the phone and says, "Hello"?
Then he hears, "For just 75 cents an issue…."
TALLULAH BANKHEAD QUOTES (1903 – 1968)
"I’ll come and make love to you at five o’clock. If I’m late, start without me."
"I’m as pure as the driven slush."
"It’s the good girls who keep diaries; the bad girls never have the time."
"If I had to live my life again, I’d make the same mistakes, only sooner."
"It takes one to know one — and vice versa!"
My friends and I had joined a weight-loss organization. At one meeting the instructor held up an apple and a candy bar. "What are the attributes of this apple," she asked, "and how do they relate to our diet?"
"Low in calories" and "lots of fiber" were among the answers.
She then detailed what was wrong with eating candy, and concluded, "Apples are not only more healthful but also less expensive. Do you know I paid 75¢ for this candy bar?" We stared as she held aloft the forbidden treat.
From the back of the room a small voice spoke up: "I’ll give you a dollar for it."
"The only advantage to living in the past is that the rents are much cheaper!"
The tiresome jury selection process continued, each side hotly contesting and dismissing potential jurors. Don O’Brian was called for his question session.
"Married or single?"
"Married for twenty years, Your Honor."
"Formed or expressed an opinion?"
"Not in twenty years, Your Honor."
"Getting old is when a narrow waist and a broad mind change places!"
The husband was adjusting his tie in front of the mirror tonight before this awards dinner and he asked his wife, "Honey, how many great men do you think there are in the world today?"
"One less than you think," his wife replied.
“Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal.
Live this day as if it were your last.
The past is over and gone.
The future is not guaranteed.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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