What’s One Of The Best Pieces Of Life Advice You’ve Received?
Dr. Albert Bartlett
The hard way is always easier.
If you place your nose
upon the grindstone, rough
And hold it down there long enough
You’ll soon forget there are such things
as brooks that babble and birds that sing
And your whole world
will just then compose
of you, the stone,
and your ground-down nose.
I think I may have posted this years ago here. Author unknown to me.
Or, as Edward Abbey sayeth:
“One final paragraph of advice: do not burn yourselves out. Be as I am — a reluctant enthusiast… a part-time crusader, a half-hearted fanatic. Save the other half of yourselves and your lives for pleasure and adventure. It is not enough to fight for the land; it is even more important to enjoy it. While you can. While it’s still here. So get out there and hunt and fish and mess around with your friends, ramble out yonder and explore the forests, climb the mountains, bag the peaks, run the rivers, breathe deep of that yet sweet and lucid air, sit quietly for a while and contemplate the precious stillness, the lovely, mysterious, and awesome space. Enjoy yourselves, keep your brain in your head and your head firmly attached to the body, the body active and alive, and I promise you this much; I promise you this one sweet victory over our enemies, over those desk-bound men and women with their hearts in a safe deposit box, and their eyes hypnotized by desk calculators. I promise you this; You will outlive the bastards.”
…about the wave you’re on. Focus instead on surfing it magnificently.
My grand father is farming the family farm with a new 1929 tractor, he is stopped by his father who has just come from town.(they only went to town a few times a year)
“Son, I’ve just come from town and I think you better get the mare settled.”
The journey is more important than the destinatiom.
When you get there, you find out there is no there there.
“Don’t complain, it doesn’t do any good and nobody likes it.”
Somewhat self-explanatory, but once you put complaint aside, you can apply your wit to solutions. I learned this from a friend and mentor when I was in my early 20’s and it changed the way I think.
“Timing, Tact, and Dosage.”
In dealing with people, you have to be certain they’re of a mind and disposition to hear the message, deliver it in such a way that it’ll be gracefully received, and without laying it on too think (or thin). A guidance counselor gave me this advice before kicking me out of school, and it stuck with me from that point on.
We all fail. Most of life is bumping into the walls a bit trying to figure out which way to go. The more quickly you can assess the points of failure, the faster you can find solutions and develop knowledge that’s based on experience. Don’t dwell on failures, find them quick, and learn from them without losing extra time.
These are some of my favorites. Great idea for a thread, Adam.
Don’t Worry Be Happy
“If you’ve got a frog to swaller, don’t stare at him too long. If you’ve got two frogs to swaller, swaller the biggest one first.” (variaton of Mark Twain quote)
You were given 2 ears and one mouth for a reason.