This, That and Other Stuff

Bob Neuman

We have been taught and influenced by our parents, teachers, minister, friends, plus adopting our lifestyle from many examples of others. Television personality Dr. Phil asks if we really know how to live and succeed in this world. “Some get it while others never will,” he states. Several of his books inform us how to get it.

Hagar the Horrible in his comic strip periodically crawls up a rocky mountain where sits a bearded sage in a white garment. Horrible asks him what is the secret of life? But doing that would not only be futile but hard on the knees.

We might turn to the eminent philosopher, Socrates, who died in 399 BC. He had theories about many things, one how to be happy. Socrates believed the best way to live was focus on the pursuit of virtue rather than material wealth. He invited others to concentrate on friendships, the best way for people to grow together. His favorite saying was, “What I do not know I do not think I know.” That one lost me.

Perhaps something less ethereal to avoid trouble would be The Ten Commandments, although they are nearly blackballed now days. Nevertheless, our civil laws were taken from them. For example, don’t murder or steal. We should not tell lies or have eyes for the neighbor’s wife. Plus, we are warned to honor the Lord and Mom and Dad. Good idea.

President Calving Coolidge, a man of few words, wrote the following:

“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”

An anonymous writer penned this list:

A person should be responsible, reliable, accountable, keep his word, and always be punctual.

He should work hard, be considerate and able to see the results of action taken.

Common sense is a necessity. Knowing and doing things to get along in this world is essential.

Physical conditioning will mean a long life. Be diligent.

Live within your means and do not run up bills on credit cards. Pay them off completely each month.

Saving and investing are the correct ways to live. Discipline and denial are important here.

Avoid hateful or boring people. Help those who cannot help themselves.

Be persistent in anything you do. The goal is to accomplish, not merely make an effort.

One should be humble and allow his successes speak for him.

Pray and do the will of God. Prayers are heard.

When the time comes for action, do it. Procrastination is 539 words, not only stupid and wasteful but, it can become fatal.

Avoid doctors and attorneys.

My rules for my grandchildren:

1. Don’t sass your elders

2. Eat all your grub

3. Don’t waller

4. Don’t spit on the floor

Be prepared to eat your words. When my young granddaughter came to lunch with a few real grubs, guess who had to eat them.

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