"Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting." - Brian Tracy
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.”—George R. R. Martin
"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” - Albert Einstein
"In the end these things matter most: How well did you love?How fully did you live? How deeply did you let go?" - Buddha
"One needs to be slow to form convictions, but once formed they must be defended against the heaviest odds." - Gandhi
I've learned that most writers are born people watchers and I'm no exception. We find fascination in the most unlikely of experiences, the whole world is a library...each person a book. It could be a conversation overheard, a story told to us or some slight idiosyncrasy that we might witness first-hand. The other night one of my best friends and I were across the table talking about an upcoming trip to Chicago. Keep in mind my friend grew up in the late 60's, before technology completely ruled our lives. He was reading the description of the hotel that were staying in and said, "Look, they have free wee fee!" After a few moments I realized that he meant wi-fi.
Once you get to a certain age I think people start getting completely fed up with certain aspects of life and consciously start calling things by slightly different names as a kind of protest to conformity. My father was way ahead of the curve on this one. He's been verbally rebelling as long as I can remember. When I was a kid, I had a friend named Sean and my dad always referred to him as, "John" which you could tell dumb-founded Sean but for some reason he never said anything about it. To dad socks are "stockins", immaculate is "immaculace", prostrate is "pole-straight" (which must baffle his doctors) and fish has always been "feeesh". But you know what? That's okay and to tell you the truth I wouldn't want it any other way, it's part of what makes him "dad" to me and I relish this uniqueness.
It's already begun for me. When ordering at Starbucks I refuse to buckle under to their "corporate size reinvention". In today's society we have far too many things to remember already without having relearn something that we learned in kindergarten. I have no idea how large became Venti and I want no part of it. When I order a cappuccino, I call it what it is and say "small" not "tall". The cashier usually will tilt their head and flash and inquisitive look, appearing for a second that their whole belief system has been threatened while calling out to the barista, "TALL skim cappuccino". As I approach 36 it's time to step up my game. The next time I'm in a coffee shop I'm going to march up to the counter with head held high, compliment them on the immaculaceness of their establishment and ask if they have free wee fee.
"The greatest danger for most of us is not that we aim too high and we miss it, but we aim too low and reach it." - Michelangelo
A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself. —Jim Morrison
» History teaches us that men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all other alternatives.- Abba Eban
Everyone is born a genius, but the process of living de-geniuses them.R. Buckminster Fuller
"Autumn, the year's last, loveliest smile."Author: William Cullen Bryant
"The first panacea for a mismanaged nation is inflation of the currency; the second is war. Both bring a temporary prosperity; both bring a permanent ruin. But both are the refuge of political and economic opportunists."Ernest Hemingway