When witches go riding,
and black cats are seen,
the moon laughs and whispers,
‘tis near Halloween.
I am on the run today doing scary things. So here is something I did a few years ago.
“In order to improve the mind, we ought less learn than to contemplate.”
Some of you probably remember how IBM used “THINK” as its motto in the 50’s and 60’s. Everywhere you went in business you saw a small desk top sign that said THINK. I like to believe that it was a reminder that we should contemplate, resolve, and create. Think has many definitions, one is to form thoughts (to use the mind to consider ideas and make judgments) and another is to have an opinion (to believe something or have something as an opinion). We are taught so much, hear so much, and read so much I sometimes wonder if the two definitions are too often mutually exclusive. It seems that we often believe without taking the time to think about what it is we believe.
I am not anti-belief at all; our beliefs are part of the foundation upon which we build our lives. But I am questioning beliefs that are the result of someone else’s teaching, prejudice, or conviction. Please win me over with the logic of what you believe and not the emotion that you use to express it. Of course I don’t mean you; I know you would never do that.
Most of us will never be able to totally unload the influences of our past, yet each of us has the ability to go forward with an open mind. How? – By just taking the time to stop and think once in awhile. Study, learn, and then think. We may not be able to change the world, but we can change our world. We have come this far because thinkers were unwilling to accept the beliefs of the day on blind faith. The creators and innovators learn about what was, and then build what will be.
A test of who we are may very well be our ability to state a belief and then follow with why we believe it. They say what you don’t know won’t hurt you, that’s wrong of course, but what you don’t know may very well free you from the bounds of conventional wisdom.
No matter where you read it,
Or who said it,
Even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.”
In a stationery store, I quickly picked out a card for my wife for our anniversary. The clerk was surprised by how little time it took me, and she began relating a story about another customer who spent a half-hour searching for the right anniversary greeting.
Noticing the man lingering over one card after another, the clerk went to see if she could help.
"Is there a problem?" she asked.
"Yes, there is," he replied ruefully. "I can’t find one my wife will believe."
Where are we going and what am I doing in this handbasket?
"Good afternoon, my good barkeep, a pint of Less if you please," said the old man as he entered the tavern.
"’Less’? Never heard of it," replied the bartender.
"Oh, come now, surely you have," he persisted.
"No, I’m sorry, we certainly don’t stock it. What is it anyway? Some foreign beer?"
"Well, I’m not sure," admitted the man. "It was my doctor who mentioned it.
He said I should drink less."
I don’t suffer from insanity, I enjoy every minute of it.
She said: Our crew at an ambulance company works 24-hour shifts. The sleeping quarters consist of a large room with several single beds, so we get to know one another’s habits, like who snores or talks in his sleep. While I was having my teeth examined by a dentist one day, he noticed that some of my teeth were chipped.
"It looks like you clench your jaw at night," he said.
"No way," I blurted without thinking. "No one has ever said I grind my teeth, and I sleep with a lot of people!"
Help wanted telepath: you know where to apply
Jamie asked his dad to explain the difference between irritation, aggravation, and frustration.
His father picked up the phone and dialed a number at random. When the phone was answered, he asked, "Can I speak to Rolf, please?"
"No! There’s no one named Rolf here," replies the person who answered the phone.
The father hung up. "That, my boy, is irritation."
He picked up the phone again, dialed the same number, then asked for Rolf a second time. "No, there’s no one here called Rolf. Go away. If you call again I’m calling the cops," the person said.
The father hung up and said, "That’s aggravation."
"Then what’s frustration?" asked Jamie. The father picked up the phone and dialed the same number a third time.
"Hello, this is Rolf. Have I received any phone calls?"
If at first you do succeed, try not to look astonished.
"Can people predict the future with cards?" Jessica asked Danny.
"My mother can," Danny replied.
"Yes," Danny told her, "she takes one look at my report card and can tell me exactly what will happen when my Daddy gets home."
Did you know that the biggest sellers in the bookstores are cookbooks.
The second biggest seller is diet books about how not to eat what you’ve just learned how to cook.
A new baby, when he was still in hospital, said to the little babe lying next to him, ‘I know I am a boy!’
The other baby said, ‘What! How DO you know that??’
‘Well, it’s under the blanket; I can show you…’
‘Show me! Show me!’
‘SSST! Wait till the nurses are gone…’
A few minutes later: ‘I can show you now. Watch!’
Slowly the baby lifted up his blanket, the other baby peeking under it. ‘Can you see it?’ The first one said,
‘You see it, down there?’
‘But WHAT should I see?’
‘I’m wearing blue socks!!’
Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands,
but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
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