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Old 12-01-2004, 04:05 PM   #1
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What I learned from life

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What I learned is that triage in underrated, perseverance overrated.

I'd like to hear from others- what have you learned?

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Old 12-01-2004, 04:54 PM   #2
 
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Warning- CHP.

What I learned is that triage in underrated, perseverance overrated.

I'd like to hear from others- what have you learned?

Mikey
Well, I think I know what you mean and I tend to agree.

Perseverance is definitely overrated! - No matter how much I would have wanted to be a relief pitcher for the Yankees (I didn't), It would not have happened. Not in my genes etc.

You have to know when to give up and cut your losses and play with the cards you are dealt.
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What I have learned mostly, is don't put off living your life for anything. - Life is short


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Old 12-01-2004, 06:22 PM   #3
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Thoughful question; difficult to answer - luckly you cought me during my 1st glass of wine.

How about:
That we can systemically change is an illusion. We need to accept who we are and become the best with what we have is reality.

If I could do more of anything it would be to live, laugh and love to the fullest.

Regret is the true punishment for our sins.

Knowing what to do is nothing without the courage to act.

There are times in our lives where one decision does change the course of our lives and only after a time do we realize it.

Love and fear - two sides of a seesaw

Not to decide is to decide.

OK the last two weren't the greatest.





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What I learned from life: that my retirement planning will probably follow the same course as all my other undertakings...

Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with a grease pencil, & cut it with an axe.

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Old 12-01-2004, 06:58 PM   #5
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I've learned that life is way too complex to capture in a pithy saying, but it is our nature to try anyway.

And that toilet paper should roll over the top. Unless you have a cat, then you need to unroll it from the back.

And that sometimes crime really does pay, but you can almost always find something legal that pays even better.

And that rolling stones gather no moss, but what's wrong with a little moss, eh?

OK, I'll stop now
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Old 12-01-2004, 07:11 PM   #6
 
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Here are 2 I live by, kind of 2 versions of the same thought.

If you can't stand the answer, don't ask the question.

It is easier to ask forgiveness than to obtain permission.

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What I have learned form life is that attachment or clinging on to anything (i.e., success, power, status, relationship) is a source of frustration. Comparison to others is another source.

It is oaky to plan for your future, but you should not focus so much on it and its outcome.

Live each day as if it were your last.

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I have learned to enjoy the gift of life that the Lord has given me, but don't do anything that would make the Lord mad at me.
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Old 12-02-2004, 10:55 AM   #10
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Don't sweat the small stuff! If you must dwell, give yourself a small amount of time to dwell, then get over it!
Life is to be lived! Learn from your past, plan for your future, but LIVE in the present!
Show kindness, take a moment before you speak in anger, stop occasionally and appreciate the beauty all around, don't smoke, floss.....

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What I have learned form life is that attachment or clinging on to anything (i.e., success, power, status, relationship) is a source of frustration. Comparison to others is another source.

It is oaky to plan for your future, but you should not focus so much on it and its outcome.

Live each day as if it were your last.

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Mankind is bound fast by his desires to the grinding wheel of suffering. The only way to become free of the wheel, is to extinguish the bonds of desire" Buddha

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Old 12-02-2004, 11:33 AM   #12
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Not much - but so far that hasn't prevented me from enjoying life.
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Life is too short to spend (waste) 8 hours or more a day doing something you don't want to do when you would rather be doing something else more enjoyable.

Isn't that the purpose of why we are all on this forum? We're trying to figure out the best way to accomplish that. We are all trying to understand the best way to become financially independent so we can be free to do what we want to do when we want to do it.

Some people just don't have the vision to understand that you don't have to do what everyone else is doing. You don't have to work at a job you hate until age 65. You don't have to wait until you are too old to enjoy life. You don't have to wait to retire or be financially independent.

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Old 12-02-2004, 02:17 PM   #14
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In golf as in life, If you can't be really good at something, be lucky. Those who try more have more chances to be lucky. That's how I got three holes in one.
In business and in life, treat all persons with respect. We know that we cannot treat all persons with equal fairness. Don't let people know when you get upset; they will keep trying to get you in that frame of mind.
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Old 12-02-2004, 02:43 PM   #15
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Anybody remember this:

Wear Sunscreen

By Mary Schmich of the Chicago Tribune.
(Often falsely attributed to Kurt Vonnegut.)

Ladies and gentlemen of the class of '98: Wear sunscreen.

If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long-term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience. I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, never mind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they've faded. But trust me, in 20 years, you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked. You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blind side you at 4 PM on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and, in the end, it's only with yourself.

Remember compliments you receive. Forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40-year-olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40, maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do, don't congratulate yourself too much, or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrument you'll ever own.

Dance, even if you have nowhere to do it but your living room.

Read the directions, even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines. They will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings. They're your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle, because the older you get, the more you need the people who knew you when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you'll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair or by the time you're 40 it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.
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Old 12-02-2004, 05:40 PM   #16
 
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Some good stuff here, if a bit laden with platitudes.

Re. the sunscreen, when I was younger I always had a tan. I'm paying for it now, but I knew I would. My
dermatologist is making out fine though.

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Old 12-02-2004, 08:51 PM   #17
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When they are offered to you, always rave about how good home made beer or baked goods taste. *It leads people to offer them again the next time they make some. *
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When they are offered to you, always rave about how good home made beer or baked goods taste. *It leads people to offer them again the next time they make some. *
Ha! Good call.


What I've learned - - - Wherever you go, there you are.
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What I've learned - - - Wherever you go, there you are.
From the same source:

"Nothing is ever what it seems but everything is exactly what it is."

"The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."
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Old 12-04-2004, 03:27 AM   #20
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Mine are

The man who says "it can't be done" should get out of the way of the man doing it.

Lead, follow, or get the hell out of the way!

I love "Wear Sunscreen" - the line "...Don't be reckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are reckless with yours..." got me past a bad relationship... sigh... (there is a published song based on the "Wear Sunscreen" column)

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