Giving Thanks

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Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks. Lot of people are complaining about a lot of things and I hope they can give it a rest on Thanksgiving. I have to consciously remind myself that today is a great day. It is the only today I will ever have because it will become yesterday when I reach tomorrow.

 I have concluded if I spend too much time thinking about yesterday, I will not enjoy today.

 On the other hand, if I spend all my time worrying about tomorrow, I will once again not enjoy today. 

So my intention is to simply enjoy today! So far – so good. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

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What is, is

Listened to some people the other day as they talked about their lives.

Seemed to me they were spending a lot of time worrying about what might happen in the future. When they stopped they filled the remaining spaces being depressed about what had happened in the past.

I decided two things;

 1. I didn’t want to listen to them anymore

 2. It is a lot better if we just live with three words;  What is, is.

Can’t change the past, and sure don’t know what the future holds, but I do know right now; what is, is. j-and-t

    And as far as I’m concerned; it is good!

 

 

 

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Wisdom

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Went to get my hair cut the other day, which is always an experience. The haircut isn’t the problem, it’s the lecture and profound dissertation my barber always provides during the haircut. 

I mean, there I am, at his mercy and he is the one with sharp instruments in his hand. I sit and agree with whatever he says, for I value my head and everything attached to it.

The old comedian George Burns once said it was too bad  all the people who really know how to run the country are busy driving taxi cabs and cutting hair. My barber would agree with that thought.

It is fascinating how someone who seems to have such little experience with life can have such large thoughts on what is wrong with the world and what needs to be done to fix it. I won’t even bother to share his thoughts, they are so far out it is impossible to characterize them. 

Plato once said “Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something”.

But one thing I do know about my friendly barber, he gives a good haircut, so I’ll go back again. 

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Vacations

The other day I talked to a woman living in Missouri  who shared she and her family were going to Florida for a vacation. They were going to spend a week at the beach in Florida and were very excited. Sounded like a good plan and I was happy for her.

Then I talked to a man in Florida who told me he was going to Missouri for a vacation with his family. They were going to the Lake of the Ozark’s to be on the beach for a week and they were very excited.

I guess when we go on vacation it isn’t the location that’s important, it’s simply being someplace else. Nevertheless, it seems it would have been a lot easier if they had each stayed home, but probably not as much fun.

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Reality TV???

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I was running through the cable channels the other night when I spied a woman with her face in a tank of snakes. I had to stop and see what in the world was going on with this show.

I discovered she was taking snakes off her husband, who was laying in the tank. She did this with her mouth and then moved the snakes to another tank while holding them in her mouth! In another episode the couple had to jump from a moving bus to a helicopter and then jumped from the helicopter to a platform in the water. On the platform was a tower they had to explode.

Really!?

Looking through the listings I found Real Housewives of Orange County, New Jersey, Atlanta and someplace else. These real housewives are as crazy as the inhabitants of Jersey Shore, which I am proud to say I never watched. 

How about Jon and Kate plus 8 which ended up Kate plus 8 when Jon bailed out on the marriage. Maybe he should join Sister Wives about a polygamist family. 

I think we have become a nation of people who want to live our lives through the stupidity of others. There is a slogan that says “DON’T TRUST A NATION THAT NEEDS MEDICATION!” I think our reality shows demonstrate the truth of that thought. 

There is another thought that “Truth is often stranger than fiction.” Think I will stick to fiction. If you want to join me here is a great book (click here for more information).
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Signs of the Time

Saw a store the other day that proclaimed ALWAYS OPEN. Then right under it was a sign that said CLOSED. 
I got a big kick out of that. It started me thinking about how we sometimes display things we really need to think about a second time.
For example, let’s be real proud Americans and tell people what language we speak here:


 
Or how about these:

There are really times when we need to take a second thought about what we are saying. Or maybe we just need a good laugh once in a while

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LOOK IT UP

When I was growing up and had a question, my parents would tell me to go look it up in the encyclopedia. I guess the point was to make me go through the effort of finding something out so I would appreciate and remember the answer. Not sure if it worked, but it was how we did things.

Today with the internet, if a kid doesn’t know something, he or she just hits a button and there’s the answer. That is really progress. However, I read  student loans are higher because it is taking more students 5 years to get through college instead of the normal 4 years. Maybe they are hitting the wrong button.

The whole internet concept has truly changed how all of us see life. Heard the other day that a teacher asked her 4th grade class where the nations capital was located. A student raised his hand and said Washington D.C.. The teacher then asked if he knew what D.C. stood for and the student confidently said Dot Com.

Maybe we need to go back to looking things up in the encyclopedia. But if you want to really use the internet, check out my books on Amazon (click here)