Saturday, November 13, 2010

Things I have learned


Never place any kind of liquid whether in a bottle, glass or cup on the same surface area as a laptop (lesson learned twice).

The best your new man is ever going to be is on your very first date.

If a man isn't successful in life by the time he's forty, he never will be. (This has nothing to do with money.)

A woman is at her most creative and successful post-menopause.

The day your bathroom is at its messiest will be the day some fussypants will want to use it.

There is no deferring the resolution to change one's life for the better.

I've learned more about others by the way they treat servers and attendants than anything else they do.

People who unconsciously wear pet hair as an accessory are my favourite kind of people.

Whatever unconscious faults, defects, irritations and shortcomings are present in a person at thirty will be completely amplified by the time they are sixty.

Beneficial change is possible at any age.

If you want anything done in a hurry, give it to a busy woman.

Unconditional love is an impossibility. But we get closer the more we practice.

My rights end exactly where yours begin.

Freedom is an illusion.

Religion is legalized mind control of the worst kind.

There are no winners in wars.

There is more to be learned on the journey than in the destination.

33 comments:

  1. You learned that lesson twice? Isn't that the definition of insanity - doing the same thing over and over and being surprised that you get the same results? Loved your list.

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  2. And to make matters worse, Marcia, I have to consciously stop myself from plonking my coffee cup beside it, EVERY SINGLE DAY.
    Insane. Yup. Me.
    XO
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  3. Excellent list. The one about servers and attendants is very true. In fact anyone who is seen as allegedly "lower" status. They are all just human beings trying to make their way through life, the same as the rest of us. Why should we treat them any differently?

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  4. If these are your thoughts you are truly a wise woman.
    The only one I don't understand is the one about my rights and yours?

    Am i thick?

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  5. Nick:
    I have dropped new friends because of that one, it is amazing how revealing it is.
    XO
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  6. Friko:
    Of course not.
    The "my rights" lesson is condensed down from all prejudices, whether it be race, religion, sexual orientation, abortion, misogyny, invasions of other countries, etc. etc, too many to list.
    XO
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  7. I like your list, so far my spills have been on an adjacent table.

    'Freedom is an illusion.' - I think it is conditional!

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  8. and, if a busy woman can't finish it, give it to a busy man. ;-)

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  9. I can comment again!

    I like your list. It is full of wisdoms. But I am also best on my first date. It is all an illusion. I'll never live up to it.

    I agree with everything else.

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  10. Twain:
    A kindred spirit! I just knew...
    XO
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  11. Nora:
    Oh dear, where you shut out by some glitch?
    Glad you're back!
    We're all illusions....
    XO
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  12. Hmmm - my first comment seems to have vanished into the ether (serves me right for not checking that it had definitely saved before shutting the window!)

    Most of those I heartily agree with - especially the server/attendant one - add to that the conductor on the train or the bus driver, or the cashier at the supermarket.

    The only one I think needs qualifying is the rights one - whilst I know what you are getting at, it could be read as: "My right to freedom of speech ends where your right to be offended begins, but my right to be offended ends where your right to freedom of speech begins," which seems to be my relationship with right wing newspapers! Or you could have "My right to privacy in the home ends where your right to make absolutely darned sure I'm not a terrorist begins."

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  13. Jo:
    I hear you. However, "offence taken" is highly subjective. If my rights are being respected then surely offensive speech making is not on the agenda? H'm?
    As to so-called "terrorists", another term is "freedom fighters" depending on the patch of grass you're sitting on.
    Again if rights were globally respected these would be non-issues.
    I'm thinking in Utopian terms obviously.
    Rights are steam-rolled every day including over the citizens by their own governments, I'm thinking of YOU, Canada, and the G20.
    XO
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  14. Oh Wise One - you've offered us a string of pearls there! I especially like the last 4.

    Freedom is an illusion, for sure, another way of looking at it - some favourite words from Kris Kristofferson "Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose"

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  15. T:
    With Remembrance Day just behind me with its attendant poppies and reflections, speeches and sorrow I am more and more reminded of the BackRoomBoys playing chess with the precious lives of these unfortunate young men who "sacrificed" for our "freedom". What an illusion that double whammo is!
    Why do so many of us not "get" it?
    XO
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  16. Truly a list to live by ... Interesting how often I have heard or seen people object to your rights ending where another's begin. Doesn't seem to me like something that needs to be parsed, quantified or qualified.

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  17. Tessa:
    It always astonishes me too, remnants of the old days perhaps when Demz Wot Rulez knew what to do for the good of us all. And we believed.
    XO
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  18. Thanks for the list WWW - I'm glad there's plenty to look forward to re the menopause. :- )

    On the plus side, I have found a man who's been consistently nice to me long after the first date and says he loves me more now than when we met and considers me even more gorgeous. I know, I know, I'll hurry up and perfect the cloning process as all good women deserve such.

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  20. Laura:
    I am so glad for you. Did he improve after the first date or stay the same?
    Either way, please jumpstart the cloning process for the rest of us!
    He sounds like a keeper!!!
    XO
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  21. Freedom is an illusion - it's also a responsibility. I'd say we're as "free" as we allow others to be. The same chains bind us all. I like, too, that "beneficial change is possible at any age" follows directly after the amplification of faults view :)

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  22. They're all great but I think I like the one about the pet hair best!

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  23. Freda:
    I don't believe any of us are totally free, I suppose it is a spectrum it certainly is an illusion, we are all tied to something or someone or idealogy....
    XO
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  24. Sorry Pauline - my 1st reply addressed it to "Freda" incorrectly.

    Freda:
    Yes, there is something about it that tells me "this person is fun and hangs his/her housework!"
    My kinda people...
    XO
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  25. Just looked at your blog for the first time. Wonderful stuff! You sound like you should be a Unitarian. Ever looked into that?

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  26. I like all those words of wisdom but for me the best one was, "how a person treats a server."

    That's what turned me off of a handsome, well dressed and rich date.

    Never went out with him again.

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  27. Anon:
    I have explored all religions including Unitarianism.
    which all leaves me with the simple question:
    Why?
    XO
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  28. Mildred:
    It tells you everything you need to know, doesn't it?
    XO
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  29. Is it okay if my coat has my own hair? My Josie doesn't shed.
    And I love people who take you as you are - they don't ask about your past, your future or even your present - that is the way I found Newfoundlanders - I try to follow their lead.
    Thanks for commenting on my blog - I am glad you enjoyed it. I have enjoyed your words too - I shall return.
    Betty Bishop

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  30. Ah Betty - another Newfoundland fan!
    Yes, your blog is gorgeous, like visiting an art gallery and loving all the paintings....
    XO
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    PS And how do you get Josie to brush herself? :D

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