Aug 30, 2012

Disposition


The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions, and not our circumstances. ~ Martha Washington

Aug 23, 2012

Future


Plan for the future, because that is where you are going to spend the rest of your life. ~ Mark Twain

Aug 22, 2012

Unchangeable


The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is unchangeable or certain. ~ John F. Kennedy

Aug 18, 2012

Realities

The most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about. ~ David Foster Wallace

Security

Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature.... Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. ~ Helen Keller

Aug 17, 2012

SOME RULES KIDS WON'T LEARN IN SCHOOL


San Diego Union Tribune -- Charles J. Sykes



Unfortunately, there are some things that children should be learning in school, but don't. Not all of them have to do with academics. As a modest back-to-school offering, here are some basic rules that may not have found their way into the standard curriculum.


1. Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teen-ager uses the phrase, "It's not fair" 8.6 times a day. You got it from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever. When they started hearing it from their own kids.

2. The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as much as your school does. It'll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain it's not fair.

3. Sorry, you won't make $40,000 a year right out of high school. And you won't be a vice president or have a car phone either. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a Gap label.

4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait 'til you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he's not going to ask you how you feel about it.

5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word of burger flipping. They called it opportunity. They weren't embarrassed making minimum wage either. They would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about Kurt Cobain or Britney Speers all weekend.

6. It's not your parents' fault. If you screw up, you are responsible. This is the flip side of "It's my life," and "You're not the boss of me," and other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you turn 18, it's on your dime. Don't whine about it, or you'll sound like a kid.

7. Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your bedroom.

8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers. Life hasn't. In some schools, they'll give you as many times as you want to get the right answer. Failing grades have been abolished and class valedictorians scrapped, lest anyone's feelings be hurt. Effort is as important as results.  This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.

9. Life is not divided into semesters, and you don't get summers off. Not even Easter break. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And you don't get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and on. While we're at it, very few jobs are interesting in fostering your self-expression or helping you find yourself. Fewer still lead to self-realization.

10. Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs. Your friends will not be as perky or pliable as Jennifer Aniston.

11. Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.

12. Smoking does not make you look cool. It makes you look moronic. Next time you're out cruising, watch an 11-year-old with a butt in his mouth. That's what you look like to anyone over 20. Ditto for "expressing yourself" with purple hair and/or pierced body parts.

13. You are not immortal. If you are under the impression that living fast, dying young and leaving a beautiful corpse is romantic, you obviously haven't seen one of your peers at room temperature lately.

14. Enjoy this while you can. Sure parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it as to be a kid. Maybe you should start now.

Aug 13, 2012

Love


Only when we give joyfully, without hesitation or thought of gain, can we truly know what love means. ~ Leo Buscaglia

Aug 7, 2012

Smile


Smile, it's free therapy. ~ Doug Horton

Aug 3, 2012

Worry


Now that all your worry has proved such an unlucrative business, why not find a better job? ~ Hafiz

Cling


The worst thing you can try to do is cling to something that is gone, or to recreate it. ~ Johnette Napolitano

Aug 2, 2012

Happy


Now and then it's good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. ~ Guillaume Apollinaire