After all is said and done, a lot more will have been said than done.
I believe my wife and some of my friends think I am an exceedingly patient person. If I have to wait for some one, stand in a long line, or spend hours in waiting room, no problem; I’ll read, meditate, or dose off. To some I am not quick enough to anger, don’t fret much, and am a demonstrable champion procrastinator. In other words mild mannered, laid back, and overly tolerant. I am now going to share a personal secret with you. It is not true, I am often extremely impatient, frustrated and in quiet discomfort. Sometimes I can’t restrain myself and am not very quiet.
I have always had a tendency to be a “Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead” guy. I get excited by what can be or even what might be. I find that too many of us spend an inordinate amount of time, examining, debating, nay-saying, and resisting action either out of fear, laziness, or some other impediment to doing something. I sometimes think organizations need to lose their memory of the past and look at this time as a new time and what did not work before might be the very answer today. Sure I am often wrong or misguided, it is just that I prefer to find out rather than miss the opportunity to do something worthwhile. Either tell me what I don’t know or join me so we can see if we can make a difference.
Age has brought me the understanding that I am not the boss of anything anymore. Now if I think something can be done I either convince people to rally around the cause or accept the fact that nothing will be done. The answer for me has been to avoid situations where those wiser than me or those without the same vision dominate the decision making process. That does not mean that I am presumptuous enough to think I have all the answers, I know I don’t. But it does allow me to join with those who see a changing world with lots of problems, people who are not afraid to try to do something.
So like I said before, I don’t want to be boss, I don’t want to be important, I don’t want to be critically needed. What I do want is to be with people who do more than just plan to do. I don’t know about you but I know I don’t want to stand around and let some of those who are more than willing to impose their world on mine do it. If the status quo sucks, let’s you and I change the status.
The shortest answer is doing.
A beautiful young blonde woman was appearing in court to face a public disorder charge. When her name was called out in the court foyer, she brushed her hair, checked her make-up, took a deep breath, and walked into the court and took to the witness stand.
The charges were read out, and she was asked how she pleaded.
"Not guilty," the blonde answered emphatically.
The prosecution council then approached the blond and said, "Is it true that on the 11th of December, last year, you committed acts of gross indecency with a one-legged dwarf who was waving a union jack on the roof of a car, whilst traveling at over 100 mph through the centre of London, in a blizzard and you were totally nude?"
The blonde composed herself, looked straight at the prosecution council and calmly said, "What was the date again?"
Speak softly and sweetly; later you may have to eat your words.
IMPORTANT THINGS I LEARNED ABOUT LIFE FROM MY CAT
* Life is hard and then you nap.
* Curiosity never killed anything except maybe a few hours.
* Variety is the spice of life: One day ignore people, the next day annoy them and play with them when they’re busy.
* When in doubt, cop an attitude.
* Climb your way to the top – that’s why the drapes are there.
* Never sleep alone when you can sleep on someone’s face.
* Make your mark in the world – or at least spray in each corner.
* When you go out into the world, always remember, being placed on a pedestal is a right, not a privilege.
* Always give generously; a bird or rodent left on the bed tells them, "I care."
Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.
You may have a heart of gold – but so does a hard-boiled egg.
The new Supermarket near our house has an automatic water mister to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of a thunderstorm and the smell of fresh rain.
When you approach the milk cases, you hear cows mooing and witness the scent of fresh butter fat.
When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cackle and the air is filled with the pleasing aroma of eggs frying.
………….So far I have been afraid to go down the toilet paper aisle.
Give some women an inch, and they’ll rearrange or redecorate it.
Grandpa was always going on about the good old days and the lower cost of living, in particular. "When I was a kid, my mom could send me to the store and I’d get a salami, two pints of milk, six oranges, two loaves of bread, a magazine and some new blue jeans all for a dollar!"
Then Grandpa said sadly, "You can’t do that anymore. They got those video cameras everywhere you look."
Talk doesn’t cook rice.
A young couple came into the church office to fill out a pre-marriage questionnaire form…
The young man, who had never talked to a pastor before, was quite nervous. The pastor tried to put him at ease. When they came to the question, "Are you entering this marriage of your own free will?" there was a long pause. Finally, the girl looked over at the apprehensive young man and said, "Honey, just put down ‘Yes’ and be done with it!"
My Dad has a sure way to keep my Mom from buying an outfit…
When she tries it on, he says, "I love that middle-aged look it gives you."
Paddy was an inveterate drunkard. The priest met him one day, and gave him a strong lecture about drink.
He said, "If you continue drinking as you do, you’ll gradually get smaller and smaller, and eventually you’ll turn into a mouse."
This frightened the life out of Paddy. He went home that night, and said to his wife, "Bridget….if you should notice me getting smaller and smaller, will ye kill that blasted cat?"
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act.
But I do believe in a fate that falls on man unless they act.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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