Yes, I can say that these are wonderful words of wisdom, because they are not my words. These were not written by me, but I thought I would share some of my favorites that have inspired and uplifted me down through the years. I will give credit if I know who wrote them, but some are so old that the writer’s name has been forgotten. They have stood the test of time. We have been hearing so few words of wisdom lately that I thought I would do my part by sharing some. I hope you do, too.
You don’t have to see eye to eye to walk hand in hand. You can agree to disagree without being disagreeable. Never argue with a fool. A passerby won’t know who is who. Never wrestle with a pig. You both get all dirty and the pig likes it. If we all moved in the same direction at the same time, the world would tip over. The DESIRE to do right carries with it a great power. You are in harmony with the omnipotent plan of the Universe. If you don’t feel it, do it until the feelings come (T.D. Jakes) He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good: and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. (Proverbs 16:20)
When in doubt, don’t. It is not the problems in your life. It’s how you react to them. You can’t chose your circumstances, but you can choose how you react to them. Once your perception changes, the situation changes. (Dr. Norman Vincent Peale). Growth comes when we aim for our ideal and not necessarily when we achieve it. (Sheryl Towers). A pessimist is an optimist with experience. People are like plants. Laughter is our sunshine, tears are our rain and the _______ we take off others is our fertilizer.
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from it (Oliver Wendell Holmes) If you live long enough, you will make mistakes. But if you learn from them, you’ll be a better person. It’s how you handle adversity, not how it affects you. The main thing is never quit, never quit, never quit (Bill Clinton). I believe that it is important that our country sail, and not lie still in the harbor (John Kennedy). A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not what ships are built for. It’s not the gale, but the set of the sail that determines the way we go. If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it! (Jonathan Winters).
Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of wood higher up. (Brigham Young). I like long walks, especially when they are taken by people who annoy me (Noel Coward). Conflict cannot survive without your participation (Wayne Dyer). Man invented language to satisfy his deep need to complain (Lily Tomlin). I’ve developed a new philosophy. I only dread one day at a time (Charles Schultz). America is not merely a nation, but a nation of nations (Lyndon B Johnson). Riots are the language of the unheard (Martin Luther King).
Immigration is the sincerest form of flattery (Jack Paar). America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense… human rights invented America (Jimmy Carter). The right to be heard does not automatically include the right to be taken seriously (Hubert H. Humphrey) It does not take a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’ minds (Samuel Adams). The best place to find a helping hand is at the end of your arm. You can’t help anybody else without helping yourself.
For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7. If you don’t like any of these words of wisdom, I hope you have some that you do like. We sure need them.
Until next time: May the love of God enfold you; May the power of God protect you.