I don’t recall when I first discovered this quote, but boy is it a good one! It’s become one of the guiding principles of my life. I wish I could live its promise all the time, but it can be hard. Yep, I still worry, not as much as I used to. But I could have saved countless hours, days and even weeks had I found this gem earlier in my life. Oh well, not to worry!
In my life, I have found there are two things about which I should never worry. First, I shouldn’t worry about the things I can’t change. If I can’t change them, worry is certainly most foolish and useless. Second, I shouldn’t worry about the things I can change. If I can change them, then taking action will accomplish far more than wasting my energies in worry. Besides, it is my belief that, 9 times out of 10, worrying about something does more danger than the thing itself. Give worry its rightful place – out of your life. ~~ Unknown
Ooops! A Day Early …
This is dedicated to the memory of all the heroes. Not just those from my school days, and those from my days in the military during the Vietnam era, all who died too soon, but especially in remembrance of the nameless, forgotten ones. From wars and battles long past.
But to the hero, when his sword
Has won the battle for the free,
Thy voice sounds like a prophet’s word;
And in its hollow tones are heard
The thanks of millions yet to be.
~~ Marco Bozzaris, verse by Fitz-Greene Halleck, American Poet
I don’t know exactly why, but I’ve always been a reader, way back to my days in elementary school and The Weekly Reader. Do they even have those anymore? In those days my mother bought me one of those huge 1000-plus page unabridged dictionaries. You know the kind you see in libraries on their own stand? Weighed ten pounds probably but I would page through it regularly looking at all the black and white pictures accompanying the definitions and reading what I found interesting. These days I’m happy with the smaller Webster’s Collegiate.
Then it was on to The National Geographic Magazine. Back then you had to be nominated by another member (my best friend Eddie) which included a very official looking Certificate of Nomination, gold seal and all and signed by the Chairman. I’d look forward to those glossy monthly issues and all those beautiful photos and would read each of them cover-to-cover. They even smelled good! Those were heady days for me as a card-carrying member of such a pretigious organization (just the same as it was for the young George Bailey from my favorite movie, It’s a Wonderful Life).
Later when I was a young teen my mother went to the great expense of purchasing a complete set of the Encyclopedia Britannica. 24 volumes as I recall with annual yearbooks that stretched ahead for at least the next 8-10 years, possibly more. Those too, especially the yearbooks, I would constantly read and refer to.
There’s more I could write about my voracious appetite for books and magazines, but I’ll save that for another day. Suffice to say:
A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read. ~~ Mark Twain, American Author
I often think of all the great works of the Smithsonian American Art Museum I had the opportunity on several occasions to explore as a young boy living just outside Washington, D.C. All-those-wasted-moments standing in front of some of our country’s greatest treasures, not really appreciating at the time what I was seeing. But to give me some credit, from those same times I was always fascinated with Rodin’s sculpture The Thinker. I’ll have to save that thought for yet another blog.
Then in college I took a Humanities class. That’s when I came to recognize things I never saw before, yet they were always there, always right in front of my eyes. Things like the abacus of a column, the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington on our dollar bill, the citys fascinating, historical Federal architecture and much more. How I appreciate that I took that class, often wondering how much poorer life would be without it.
Great art takes the attention of people. You’ve got to give it your attention. It’s not passive. If you don’t pay attention it passes you by. ~~ Alan Arkin, American Actor
Although it’s a Christmas classic the movie It’s a Wonderful Life wasn’t actually released to theaters until after Christmas on January 7th, 1947, 67 years ago today.
Since the time I was a young boy lying on the floor and watching the old movies of the 30′s and 40′s, on a black and white television, I’ve always loved actor Jimmy Stewart. It was my mother’s fondness for him that initially led me to this discovery. Having my own roots in a small western Pennsylvania community, only 60 miles from Jimmy’s hometown, also helped to cement my affection for him.
But somehow, inexplicably one of Stewart’s greatest movies — It’s a Wonderful Life — went unnoticed by me until sometime in the 1980′s.
With the coming of yet another new year here’s a new and regular biweekly feature you can count on. It’s the first installment of my Favorite Quotes Friday!
Over the years I’ve collected quotes as I’ve heard and seen them. I’ve used them frequently in many of the posts I’ve written here. My collection, like many things that have become lifetime habits/obsessions, first began as a college class assignment. I regret that I’ve lost a few along the way but today the quotes I’ve gathered and categorized number more than 100 pages.
Some are short… just a few words, while others are several lines, a few maybe a paragraph or more. On a variety of subjects they range from the writings and utterances of the greatest minds in history to things I’ve heard friends say, and even a few I’ve come up with myself. There are those I’ve read in books, newspapers and magazines. Some I’ve heard on radio and television, and some I’ve seen on signs, bumper stickers and the Internet. No matter the source, if I hear or see something worthy of remembering, I try to write it down.