“When you’ve dug a hole so deep you can’t find a way out. Fill it with blood, sweat and tears and swim your way to the top.”
“Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.” Barbara Jordan
I was inspired by a post from my friend over at Kristianw84. you can read her original post at https://lifelessonsaroundthedinnertable.wordpress.com/2019/07/29/inspiration-has-struck/
While talking we came to the conclusion that there’s not a single problem in the world that couldn’t be solved by sharing a cookie, a smile and a hug. Imagine if before discussing nuclear arms or trade negotiations, our world leaders simply sat down, shared a glass of milk, a few cookies and a quick nap. Maybe they would all dream of world peace.
Work hard…Play harder!
Way back a long time ago, when I was just a young lad and just starting to get a handle on life, my brother-in-law Tommy told me something that has stayed with me throughout the decades.
“Always make sure you take the time to enjoy life. If there is a job to be done, work as hard as you can to do it right. Just make sure than when the task is over that you celebrate just as hard.
It’s not owed to us. We didn’t win some contest where we can claim it as a prize. It’s a gift…a chance to start over. Don’t worry about what happened yesterday. We can’t call for a redo. All we can do is learn from it and move on.
You know, someone decided to give me some advice on the art of writing the other day. He proceeded to tell me that I should only write about things that I know. Well, I guess I’m shit out of luck. I’m not bragging or boasting but I can tell you that I’ve lived a fairly uneventful life. I found my soul mate at the ripe old age of 15 and we are still blissfully married. I’m a Vietnam era veteran by just 16 days so I enjoyed all the military benefits but never had to fire my M16 at anything more than a paper target. I have a few ailments that come with age but nothing serious. I’ve always worked in jobs that payed far above what my education should have allowed. As a child, I was never molested, abused, abandoned, tortured by terrorists or lost in the woods to be raised by spotted owls. I come from a very large and very loving family.
Sure, I’ve made a few mistakes along the way but nothing that I have to look back on with regret. So what would I have to write about that might have any significance to the rest of mankind?
Then I remembered, Tolkien really never lived in Middle earth and Bradbury had never been to Mars. Gene Roddenberry couldn’t have piloted the Enterprise, JK Rowling never attended Hogwarts and Stephanie Meyer didn’t hobnob around with vampires and werewolves?”
So stop trying to please everyone else and do what you feel is the right thing for you.