Inspired by this site this morning while retrieving my morning paper, I present you with random bits of wisdom my mom shared with me as a child and other laws to live by.
-Don't eat yellow snow.
This one seems pretty self-explanatory.
-Don't take any wooden nickles.
Huh? Has anyone actually seen a wooden nickle? Is this like Honest Abe's wooden teeth?And probably from around the same era. I suppose this means beware of the con.
-The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
Human nature. We always want what we think we can't or don't have. As creatures, humans are never quite satisfied. There's always someone or something we think is much better. It keeps us humble.
-First time, shame on you. Second time, shame on me.
I cannot tell you how many times I have pulled this one out of the basement of my mind. Probably because I should be older and wiser to know better.
-The truth shall set you free.
Words I live by. I HATE liars. I repeat this one to my kids constantly. This is important because without truth to your word, you have nothing. I also suck at lying.
-Winners never quit and quitters never win.
That's right mama! You will never be a loser for trying your best! I love that one.
-A little nonsense now and then is relished by the best of men.
Ok, my mom didn't tell me this one. Gene Wilder in, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" did but it doesn't make it's wisdom less true.
-Never look a gift horse in the mouth.
I never quite understood the wordage on this but I suppose it means, "shut up and take it!"
-You can accomplish anything in life if you put your mind to it.
I'm still trying mom. Really, I am.
-Every crisis has both it's dangers and it's opportunities.
This is a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King. I am living proof that this is true. I like to think I have the finish line in site.
-The world steps aside for a man who knows where he is going.
Inspiring, doncha think?
-Curiosity killed the cat.
I'm curious to know why?
-Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
What would life be like without breathtaking moments? The birth of my children comes to mind when I think of those moments.
-No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
I believe Eleanor Roosevelt said that. It really gives credence to the response, "F**k you!"
-It's better to have loved and lost, then to never have loved at all.
I almost completely agree with this. I'll admit that there was a time, a while back, when I believed this to be complete crap.
-Always choose your words carefully. You may have to eat them.
Been there, done that.
Got any words of wisdom you live by? Do share.