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Thursday, July 25, 2002

Quotes and more

There will be a time when loud-mouthed, incompetent people seem to be getting the best of you. When that happens, you only have to be patient and wait for them to self destruct. It never fails. -- Richard Rybolt (author of No Chairs Make for Short Meetings: And Other Business Maxims from Dad)

And not only loud-mouthed, incompetent people--sneaky, quiet ones; disturbed ones; angry ones; indeed; 99% of people who seem to be "gaining" on you in some nefarious manner or another -- if you lay low, do the right things for the right reasons, respond to anger with quietness, absurdity with common sense, resist always the tempation to respond in kind, remember that class is always rewarded, patience may be the key--All will work out as it should. I'm not sure this is a lesson young people always understand--indeed, it's taken me awhile to realize it, not only in my own life, but to be able to advise that quieter course of action to others being oppressed. Especially children--but it's very hard for them to understand.

Whenever it is in any way possible, every boy and girl should choose as his life work some occupation which he should like to do anyhow, even if he did not need the money. -- William Lyon Phelps (Lampson Professor of English literature at Yale University, distinguished lecturer, author, critic and ordained minister)

Wouldn't the world be a happier place if we all took this advice to heart? How many of us hear this advice from someone at an early age and totally disregard it? Certainly this precurses the book Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow by Marsha Sinetar, Dell Publishing, 1987. A stunning thought, but for most of us, impossible to put into action--most, like myself, lack the courage, which is the most necessary ingrediate. So a compromise must somehow be made--for each one unique.

Summer gets me thinking about this; July especially, because I love it so much, and feel it's so wasted in an office cubicle. Sometimes I hate to go out to lunch, or even look out the window, because it's so beautiful outside, so SUMMER, and I'm not there. I want to be 12 again, and free, and play all day, and lose the sense of time. The good news is (and the bad news!) July gets over.

But I still wish I were on vacation. All month.

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