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Ageing

Having recently celebrated another birthday I thought I would go and see what I have in my collections in regards to getting older.  And these are a few of the quotes that I came up with.

For some of us, age has a way of creeping up on us; and this first quote would seem to indicate the way age can come upon some of us.

 

“Time has laid his hand upon my heart, gently not smiting it; but as a Harper lays his open palm upon his harp to deaden its vibrations.”

Henry W Longfellow

The next one I have found is in point form and has some funny but true points.  I have had it in my collection for a long time now. And is titled –

You Know You Are Getting Old When . . .

Everything hurts, . . . And what doesn’t hurt, doesn’t work.

The gleam in your eye is the sun on your bifocals .

You feel like the morning after, but you haven’t been anywhere!

Your little black book only has names ending in M.D.

You get winded playing cards

You join a health club, but don’t go.

Your children begin to look middle age.

A dripping tap causes an uncontrollable urge.

You know all the answers, but nobody asks the questions!

You look forward to a dull evening.

You need glasses to find your glasses

You turn out the light for economy, instead of romance.

You sit in a rocking chair, but can’t make it go.

Your knee’s buckle, but your belt won’t!

Your back goes out more times than you do.

You put your Bra on back to front, and it fits better.

Your house is too big and your medicine cabinet is not big enough

You sink your teeth into a steak, and they stay there!

Your birthday cake sinks under the weight of the candles.

And when the candles are lit, the fire brigade comes

I hope you had a bit of a laugh at some of the points made in this quote, I know I did.  And some of them I can relate to. . . Can you?

While not directly relating to ageing these next couple of quotes remind us that there is a purpose to how we live our lives and the way we look at our lives. First is one from Ralph Waldo Emerson.

“Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Looking at this quote it reminds me that my life is not the focus of my life.  It what happens along the way.  The experiences I have and how my life impacts on others that is what should be important to each of us.  Perhaps that is why I like our next and final quote for today.  From Thomas S Monson we have this –

“Life’s journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls and snares. Rather it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us.  To make them wisely, courage is needed; the courage to say no, the courage to say yes.  Decisions do determine destiny.”

Thomas S Monson

Decisions not only effect our destinies, they can effect how we enjoy our lives and how we impact those around us. Whether it be a positive impact or a negative one, it is our choice.

But that’s enough from me for now. So I will bid all adieu for now. Till next time.

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Daily Quotes

I’ve had to do some reorganizing in one of my Quote books and there were some quotes that I thought that I would share with you today.

 

“Life’s journey is not traveled on a freeway devoid of obstacles, pitfalls, and snares. Rather it is a pathway marked by forks and turnings. Decisions are constantly before us. To make them wisely, courage is needed; the courage to say no; the courage to say yes.  Decisions do determine destiny.”

Thomas S Monson

As most of us know; our daily life is not always straight forward, nor is it a bed of roses, or maybe it is, since roses do have thorns, (most types do).  So we often have to make decisions based on the information we have to hand at the time.  Not all of them will be the right decision, but we can always reassess that decision when we have further information.

To follow another line of thought I came across two quotes from one of my favorite comedians, Robin Williams, taken from his character in the movie, “Dead Poets Society,”

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Robin Williams

This is so true.  History shows what idea’s and words can do.  All the tools, inventions, Technology etc, come because of an idea that some one has had. e.g. Thomas Edison – The electric light bulb.  The same is true of words, one of the greatest playwrights of the western world; William Shakespeare, is great example of the power of words in our modern age.  Words have the power to uplift us or bring us down, words do carry weight let no one try to convince you otherwise.

Also this quote, again from “Dead Poets Society,” but this time talking about the pupose of education.

“I thought the purpose of education was to learn to think for yourself.”

 

– Dead Poets Society                                                                           Robin Williams

Well thats all from me for now, Adieu till the next time.

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Daily Quotes

Hi people today I thought that I would just pick a few quotes at random from my collections, (opening the books and flipping pages to see where we end up)

First off the rack is a quote I have in a file on my computer.  In a way it deals with our ability to cope with any and all situations that we may find ourselves in as we go through life.  It starts like this –

“The size of your problems is nothing compared with your ability to solve them.  Don’t overestimate your problems, and don’t underestimate yourself.”

To me this quote is saying that instead of just jumping into trying solve our problems or challenges in life, no matter what they are or how big they seem to be.  It is better to take time to look at the challenge or problem from all angles and bring what resources we can to bear on resolving them. Often a problem can be broken down into smaller parts and that way it doesn’t seem as big or as insurmountable as it first appeared.

Next from the same source comes a quote from Walt Disney, artist, filmmaker, entrepreneur and businessman.

“Why worry? If you’ve done the very best you can, worrying won’t make it any better.”

Walt Disney

This should be self explanatory, if you have done all that you feel that you can for a particular task, then worrying about it won’t change anything.

From another collection this one stood out to me as I was flipping pages.

“In any fight it is not only what you can do, it is where and how you do it.  An enemy has many fronts, and if one seems impregnable, attack on another.”

In reading this quote many of us would think that it only applies to the tactics that you would use in a battle or fight situation.  But my thinking is that it can also apply it to any difficult situation that we may find ourselves in. In fact it reminds me of another quote.

“When on door closes another opens, but we often stare so long at the one that has closed that we don’t see the one that has opened.”

Well that is all from me today so I bid you Adieu.  Have a great day, until next time.

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Quote of The Day

I was looking through some quotes that my eldest son had given me as a present a few years ago and I came across a couple that I would like to share with you all.

The first is from a writer that my eldest son likes a lot.  And who has written a number of books and was a well known speaker on BBC radio during the 2nd World War. Better known as C.S. Lewis, Clive Staples Lewis a former atheist wrote many books, among the better known ones are the Narnia Chronicles (The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe etc).

However among the quotes that my son sent me this one stood out to me, this one deals with testing belief.  This quote comes from his book – ‘A Grief Observed’, printed in 1961.

 

“You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.  It is easy for you to believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box.  But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice.  Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? . . . Only a real risk test the reality of a belief.

Clive Staples Lewis

Next is a quote dealing with Crisis.  This come from a book called ‘The Different Drum’, by Morgan Scott Peck (1936 – 2005), who was an American psychiatrist and best selling author , who’s first book, ‘The Road Less Traveled’, sold over ten million books.

“It may seem strange that we should want to look at our lives as an everyday crisis.  But I am reminded of the Chinese word for crisis, which consists of two characters: one represents “danger” and the other “hidden opportunity.”  Certainly we should like our lives to be one of daily opportunity . . . Contrary to what many might believe, the healthy life is hardly one marked by an absence of crisis.  In fact an individual’s psychological health is distinguished by how early he or she can meet crisis.”

M Scott Peck

It might be just me, but I think that these two quotes go together and they look at the same thing in different ways.  Testing our beliefs can bring us to a crisis and help us to understand who we are and our place in life & society and can help us to work out where we want to go with our lives.

Anyway that’s all from me today, have fun and take care.  Until next time.

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Quote of the Day

Once again it is time for a quote from me. What shall it be and who shall I quote from?

Ok I have found a couple whichI think go together.  First one is from John Wooden ( born in Hall, Indianna 14 Oct 1910, died – 4 Jun 2010 at the UCLA medical centre, California).

 

“Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do!”

John Wooden

Next is a quote from a lady by the name of Kay Lyons. (a libarian and a book editor, also wrote childrens books)

“Yesterday is a cancelled cheque: Tomorrow is a promisory note; Today is the only cash you have – so spend it wisely.”

Kay Lyons

Both of these quotes seem to be saying similar things to me. In john Wooden’s quote we have the message of not worrying about what we cannot do, focus on what you can do. Kay’s quote is similar in that we need to focus on what we can do today, not what we did yesterday or tomorrow.

So that is all from me today so until tomorrow. Have a great day.

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Quote of The Day

Our first quote of the day comes from Bruce Lee

what-is-defeat-bruce-lee

How we cope with daily life often depends on our attitude towards the things or events that we encounter in our daily life.  Which reminds me of another but similar quote; this time from Henry Adams

“All experience is an arch to build upon.”

Henry Adams

Being positive about life should be the best way to approach life, though sometimes it is very hard to be positive about the circumstances we might find ourselves in. So I will finnish for now by encouraging each and everyone to endevour to be positive in what ever circumstances they find themselves in.

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Thoughtful But Humorous

I was thinking the other day about what I could post here and I remembered that I have a number of quotes that I think are both humorous but thoughtful at the same time. Some are among my favorites and I have posted them before.  May they bring a smile to your face, and give you food for thought at the same time.

Most of them are self- explanatory, but I will share my thoughts on them as well. so lets get started & here’s the first.

 

If you feel to brag or boast about your accomplishments, give consideration to this thought and how people may view what you are saying.

 

 

“Don’t brag, it isn’t the whistle that pulls the train.”

 

 

Now I am sure we have all heard this sort of saying or something like it before.  But not with this postscript before I bet.

 

 

“The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, but it is just as hard to cut.”

 

 

In our modern times we often hear of products or man  made items being recalled by their makers for one reason or another. this next quote puts another spin on that particular habit.

 

 

“Drive carefully!

Remember it’s not only a car that can be recalled by its maker!”

 

A quote referring to the school of life.

 

“Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.”

 

Who remembers those times when we have attended a wedding and have seen the bride blush and perhaps acted in a shy manner as the minister or celebrant gives the groom the go-ahead to kiss the bride. Perhaps this is the reason for that behavior.

 

“It’s a myth that brides blush.  Actually their faces are just flushed with victory!”

 

Now one of my favorites. And this one refers to work, if we want to be recognized for having done or accomplished something, then we need to actually do something worthy of that recognition. Hence  the following –

 

“Even a mosquito has to dig in before getting a pat on the back.”

 

Give it some thought, it will come to you. Now something to make you smile and give pause to your thoughts as well.

 

 

“Awkward age – the period lasting from birth until death.”

 

 

A couple of thoughts relating to drinking, driving & police. Given by a fellow I only know as WGP.

 

 

“Having, ‘One for the road’, could mean having a police car for a chaser.”

                                                                                                                                                                               WGP

 

 

Followed by;

 

“Drive carelessly and your motor car will only last your lifetime.”

                                                                                                                                                                      WGP

 

 

Lastly another favorite and one that i am always saying to my wife.

 

 

“Worry is like a rocking chair, does a lot of work, but gets you nowhere.”

 

 

So i hope that I have brightened up your day a bit and given you a bit of food for thought.  Have fun people, until next time.

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