Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
One of the advantages of a long life is the ability to look back on all we have learned as the years have gone by. If we are smart our mistakes have helped us to steer a better path. The multitude of experiences has let us see what is important and what isn’t. The people we have met have taught us the value of those who share their wisdom, kindness and support.
No matter where we are on life’s journey we can use what we have learned so far to help is do well in the future. Sometime ago I ran across a list prepared by Tony Peeris who listed life principles that he values. I liked them so I thought I would share some of them with you today.
Principles Of Life
- You would achieve more, if you don’t mind who gets the credit.
- When everything else is lost, the future still remains.
- Don’t fight too much or the enemy will know your art of war.
- If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for everything.
- If you do little things well, you’ll do big ones better.
- Only thing that comes to you without effort is old age.
- You won’t get a second chance to make a first impression.
- Only those who do nothing do not make mistakes.
- If you are not failing, you’re not taking enough risks.
- Don’t try to get rid of your bad temper by losing it.
- Those who don’t make mistakes usually don’t make anything.
- There are two kinds of failures: Those who think and never do, and those who do and never think.
- Pick battles big enough to matter, small enough to win.
- All progress has resulted from unpopular decisions.
- Change your thoughts and you change your world.
- Understanding proves intelligence, not the speed of the learning.
- There are two kinds of fools in this world.: Those who give advice and those who don’t take it.
- Management is doing things right. Leadership is doing the right things.
Wisdom is knowing what to do next; virtue is doing it.
David Star Jordan
One day, Abe meets Sam at the shopping mall.
“Nice to see you again, Sam.” Abe says.
“Is this how my friend greets me?” says Sam, “Aren’t you going to ask me how I am?”
“So how are you, Sam?” Abe asks.
“Don’t ask.” replies Sam.
I Am Cleverly Disguised As A Responsible Adult.
Two men are waiting at the gates of heaven and strike up a conversation.
“How’d you die?” the first man asks the second.
“I froze to death,” says the second.
“That’s awful,” says the first man. “How does it feel to freeze to death?”
“It’s very uncomfortable at first,” says the second man. “You get the shakes, and you get pains in all your fingers and toes. But eventually, it’s a very calm way to go. You get numb and you kind of drift off, as if you’re sleeping. How about you, how did you die?”
“I had a heart attack,” says the first man. “You see, I knew my wife was cheating on me, so one day I showed up at home unexpectedly but found her alone watching television. I ran around the house looking for her lover but could find no one. As I ran up the stairs to the attic, I had a massive heart attack and died.”
The second man shakes his head. “That’s so ironic,” he says.
“What do you mean?” asks the first man.
“If you had only stopped to look in the freezer, we’d both still be alive.”
“After 12 years of therapy my psychiatrist said something that brought tears to my eyes. He said, “No hablo ingles.”
Why we love kids:
I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, “Mom! That lady isn’t wearing a seat belt!”
My son Zachary, 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he’d dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. Zachary stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, “We better throw this one out too then, ’cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago.
A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women’s locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, “What’s the matter haven’t you ever seen a little boy before?”
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was interrupted by a little girl about 6 years old. Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, “Are you a cop?” Yes,” I answered and continued writing the report. “My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?” “Yes, that’s right,” I told her. “Well, then,” she said as she extended her foot toward me, “would you please tie my shoe?”
A little girl was watching her parents dress for a party. When she saw her dad donning his tuxedo, she warned, “Daddy, you shouldn’t wear that suit.” “And why not, darling?” “You know that it always gives you a headache the next morning.”
A little girl had just finished her first week of school. “I’m just wasting my time,” she said to her mother. “I can’t read, I can’t write and they won’t let me talk!”
“He laughs best who laughs last, the wiseacres vow; but I am impatient, I want to laugh now.”
If we cannot live so as to be happy, let us at least live so as to deserve it.
Immanuel Hermass von Fichte
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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