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My Most Famous Quotations

My Most Famous (Fabricated) Quotations

John and Pat Jones back when we did things together. We have been married over 62 years. Grand Tetons

John and Pat Jones back when we did things together. We have been married over 63 years. Grand Tetons

I’ve decided to record some of my most famous quotations just in case you have never heard them. The first:

The question is not is there life after death but is there life after birth.

Over the years, I have thought that the lower caste in India, and the impoverished people everywhere, have little to live for. Who wants to live in squalor where sewage runs down the streets?

Actually, they do have something to live for. They don’t just sit on their haunches and die. They have children and the children learn to survive. The driving force for all critters is survival, not just the short-term survival of those living, but the survival of those who will live in the future. It’s all about preserving DNA.

But there is more than that. Some folks are able to overcome a bad situation and rise above the rest. That is what parents in desperate situations want for their children.

From this point on, I will make up my great quotations as we move along.

Next quotation:

Civilized people are amazingly adept at wasting time.Image result for free pic wasting time

We are very clever at creating devices that save time, reduce our workload and give us time to create devices that waste our time. Almost everyone in the world is on the Internet and we set on our haunches and surf the net for hours at a time.

If you find that television can be a horrible waste of time, then what about the cell phone, the greatest time waster in all history?

The cell phone combined with the Internet may be the peak of time wasting activity, but don’t bet on it. At this very moment, industrialist are garnering up all their forces to develop products that will make your life a complete waste! (I put that in italics because, who knows, it could be a great quote of mine.)

The cell phone is a good way to check whether or not your kid is in church or in a bar or hanging out with those bad folks. It will also turn your brain into mush.

That was an amazing quote, right?

Let’s try another:

We enjoy pretending what we are not to avoid being what we are.Image result for free pic sports fanatic

We tend to overlook the fact that we are just as important to society as a big-brained scientist, a valedictorian, a major league pitcher who can throw one hundred and 3 miles an hour, a writer of thick novels, a skilled craftsman and one who can paint pretty pictures. We are just important in different ways. If a man works all day shoveling manure but he’s using his hard-earned money to care for his family, then he is very important to them. He can always put on nice clothing and go to church with them on Sunday and nobody will know that he shovels cow poop. (I could quote a little bitty we said when we were kids about how nobody knows what’s in our underwear, but in propriety, I skipped it.)

Why do we dress like the athletics at sporting events? To become them!

Here’s another one of my great fabricated quotes:Image result for free pic missed opportunity

We are too often blind to opportunity. While opportunity is right under our feet, we sometimes avoid it lest it dirty our shoes, it disappears into the earth.

Here’s a story, more or less as I remember, aired at church years ago from a young women I know who was speaking:

A camel driver in the Sahara spotted an old man in the sand who was dying of thirst. He stayed with the old man overnight helping him to recover. He gave the old man a camel and food and water to finish his journey home.

As a camel driver was about to leave on his journey, the old man opened a cloth bag in front of him and tell told him to take a big hands full of what looked like pebbles to the camel driver. He thought the old man was crazy from the sun and he only took a few pebbles.

As a camel driver was moving along he thought about the old man in the pebbles. He decided to take a look at them again. When he did he saw that they were rubies.

The camel driver was glad that he had taken a few pebbles, but he was very unhappy that he had taken so few.

Sometimes we see opportunities that we can’t take, or at least we think that we cannot take. Some years ago (1966) we moved to Ames, Iowa. I immediately saw that there was no McDonald’s. I didn’t have a penny in my pocket that I can put towards such an investment. It looked like an impossible to me, and I simply let it pass.

Few years later, my neighbor built a McDonald’s. He was not a rich man but he took his opportunity to the bank where he was given enough money to start a McDonald’s.

I in turn, decided that an engineering professor’s salary was too low for me to send all of my children through college and missions for our church so I took a higher paying job in industry and left Iowa State University. If I were the one who had started the McDonald’s, money would not of been a problem.

When I was a young lad, my friend, Paul, told me to grab my red wagon and we took off west on Highway, 40 picking up bottles and putting them in the wagon. We then took the bottles to the grocery store and collected the deposits.

To my surprise, we did not go back to the highway to gather more bottles. Instead went to the junkyard across the tracks and purchased bottles which we took back to the grocery and earned a penny or two on each bottle.

We did this until Kenneth Horsley, the grocer, said “No more bottles!

Paul saw this opportunity and he took it, but that is not my point. When we were out in the Sagebrush walking along Highway 40, I could see all the vacant land that someday would simply be an extension of the growing Salt Lake City. I wanted to buy that the land and hold it.

A couple of years later, when I saw a brokerage office in Salt Lake City, and was told what it was, I wished I could buy General Electric stock and hold it.

Both of these dreams were beyond me. I was thinking of things that I could do if I already had of which I had little or none. (I later bought GE more than once, but unlike my wise son who keeps valuable stocks, I sold it.)

I was born in 1932, the worst year of the Great Depression. My dad, a hard-working rancher kid who had moved to the city, was out of work for two years. With 9 mouths to feed, the most important thing to him was finding a job and keeping it. My father admired anyone in the professions such as engineers and doctors, and such, who kept working through the depression. My father had less opportunity because he was an accountant and there was no money to count.

My older brother became an attorney, I became an engineer, and my younger brother became an accountant which moved him on to successful business ownership. So as far as my father was concerned, his objectives were reached through his sons. (Isn’t that true of all of us. Let’s invent another great quotation: Our visions are fulfilled by our children.)

There is the temptation to go on here and say many other things about missed opportunities and how what seem to be impossible opportunities can come to pass. Suffice it to say, sometimes opportunities are missed because we think that they are impossible to us, although they are not. (Sometimes great quotation just pop up.)

One more and then I’ll shut up:

For some people impediments to progress are simply the stepping stones to success.

I dreamed this one up because of the young divorced women with four children who was stricken with a horribly the debilitating disease. I met her after my retirement in Arizona where I was voluntarily helping to build her home through Habitat for Humanity.

She was mainly confined to a wheelchair, yet with her children and her ex-husband she made sure that her share of the work was completed.

I also worked for the museum in Payson Arizona as a volunteer and I fished in the lake near the museum. I would see this beautiful young woman bent over those crutches that fit under your arm and forced herself to walk around the lake. I can always see her in unbearable pain, but more than that, I could see her unrelenting determination.

You do remember Helen Keller, don’t you?

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Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan

Anne Sullivan took this poor blind and deaf child and helped her to become a person of noted accomplishment. Ann Sullivan of course deserves much of the credit but the bottom line is that the noble spirit who could not see or hear or speak was determined to overcome her disabilities.

Such noble people! Now that makes me want to create one more famous quote by me, Taylor Jones, the hack writer:

Nobility is not measured by wealth and title. It is measured by the true respect and honor given to a benevolent individual who, despite disabilities and restrictions, continually loves and serves mankind.


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mind your own business quotes

Adding to an old quote:

Small minds think about people, medium minds think about things, great minds think about ideas but super minds mind their own business.

Mind Your Own Business is Good Advice

I have added to an old quote: Small minds think about people, medium minds think about things, great minds think about ideas but super minds mind their own business.

Calvin Coolidge


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Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration has been minding my own business. Calvin Coolidge
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Calvin Coolidge was the 30th president of the United States. Coming from the England, minding your own business was an axiom of life. When we stick our noses into other people’s business, we complicate situations, give advice without full knowledge, and we often heard those who we should love.



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Justice means minding one’s own business and not meddling with other men’s concerns. Plato
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Plato was born in Athens in 42 BC. In the earliest sense, Cain put his nose into Able’s business and murdered him.

Ron Paul


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I am just absolutely convinced that the best formula for giving us peace and preserving the American way of life is freedom, limited government, and minding our own business overseas. Ron Paul
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If Ron Paul’s son had become the candidate for the Republican Party in the current presidential election, I think that he would have easily defeated Hillary Clinton. America is going to the polls today and I’m sure that Clinton will win by a landslide.

Hermann Melville


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“They have provided a system which for terse comprehensiveness surpasses Justinian’s Pandects and the By-laws of the Chinese Society for the Suppression of Meddling with other People’s Business.”
― Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale

Steve Maraboli

“How do I have productive days with minimum drama? Simple; I mind my own business.”
― Steve Maraboli

Steve Maraboli is a life-changing Speaker, bestselling Author, and Behavioral Scientist who lends his popular voice to various topics.

My Advice to Keep Chaos Out Of Our Lives

Let’s all mind our own business!


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Thе Sесrеt tо Aсhіеvіng Any Pеrѕоnаl Grоwth Gоаl!

John T. Jones, Ph.D. is an retired business executive, engineering professor, engineering

John and Pat Jones back when we did things together. We have been married over 62 years. Grand Tetons

John and Pat Jones back when we did things together. We have been married over 62 years. Grand Tetons

magazine editor. He lives in Buhl, ID with his wife, Pat, of 63 years. He likes photography, painting, fishing with his grandkids and birding. He has written five novels and three engineering books and published thousands of articles on a multitude of subjects.

Introduction to Thе Sесrеt tо Aсhіеvіng Any Pеrѕоnаl Grоwth Gоаl!

We аll hаvе unfulfіllеd dеѕіrеѕ-аѕресtѕ оf our lіvеѕ we wаnt to change оr grоw. And wе all know from еxреrіеnсе – thаt having a dеѕіrе, аn іntеntіоn, оr even a plan іѕ not еnоugh. How mаnу tіmеѕ hаvе уоu wished, іntеndеd, аnd planned tо lоѕе wеіght, ѕtаrt mеdіtаtіng, wrіtе thаt nоvеl, get a nеw job, оr сhаngе a rеlаtіоnѕhір раttеrn-оnlу tо fіnd уоurѕеlf rереаtіng thе ѕаmе old hаbіtѕ that gіvе you thе ѕаmе old results?Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment. - Jim Rohn

Thеrе is оnе tеѕtеd аnd proven ѕесrеt tо аttrасt аnd create whаt you desire.

Thіѕ ѕесrеt hаѕ bееn uѕеd bу thе lеаdеrѕ іn every fіеld to асhіеvе еvеrу kіnd оf gоаl. It’ѕ nоt nаturаl tаlеnt, perfect timing, оr good fortune. It’ѕ something we аll саn do, nо mаttеr whо we are оr whаt wе’vе bееn through.

Thаt ѕесrеt is Dаіlу Practice – tаkіng one асtіоn еvеrу day tо еngаgе in whаt you dеѕіrе. (Remember this definition for the purposes of discussion.)

Dаіlу Prасtісе is the wау уоu tаkе life іntо уоur оwn hаndѕ-аnd іnvіtе Prоvіdеnсе tо аѕѕіѕt уоu. It insures thаt уоu live уоur рrіоrіtіеѕ and ѕhоwѕ thе Unіvеrѕе whаt’ѕ іmроrtаnt tо уоu. It іnѕurеѕ thаt what іѕ mоѕt іmроrtаnt іѕn’t pushed аѕіdе.The starting point of all achievement is desire. - Napoleon Hill

Tо сrеаtе a роwеrful and sustainable Daily Practice – one thаt is both doable and effective, simply ask уоurѕеlf thе following 12 ԛuеѕtіоnѕ.

Yоu dоn’t hаvе tо tаkе a lot of tіmе wіth this оr gіvе it a lоt оf thоught-thоugh уоu can, if you wаnt. Simply ask уоurѕеlf еасh ԛuеѕtіоn аnd ѕее what соmеѕ tо mіnd. Thеn, go оn tо thе nеxt ԛuеѕtіоn.

Arе you ready?

Hеrе wе gо!

QUESTION #1: Whаt іѕ your numbеr оnе personal grоwth gоаl?

Whаt іѕ mоѕt important to you right nоw? What’s уоur dream? Chооѕе оnе thіng уоu wаnt to practice, nо mаttеr hоw bіg оr ѕmаll.

QUESTION #2: Why dо you want tо рrасtісе thіѕ?

Whаt’ѕ your рurроѕе? Whаt dо уоu hоре tо еxреrіеnсе, gаіn, оr contribute?

If you don’t know whу you аrе dоіng ѕоmеthіng, іt wіll fаll by thе wауѕіdе. When уоu don’t feel like dоіng іt or whеn something еlѕе соmеѕ uр, you wіll lеt іt go. Knоwіng уоur “why” keeps уоu gоіng ѕtrоng!

QUESTION #3: Whаt еxасtlу wіll уоu do?

Dеfіnе thе асtіоnѕ you wіll take.

For іnѕtаnсе saying “I’m going to eat healthier” and “I’m gоіng to start еxеrсіѕіng” are good intentions, but рооrlу defined рrасtісеѕ. Instead, it would bе better tо ѕау that “I’m gоіng tо ѕtор eating frіеd fооdѕ аnd I will еаt аt lеаѕt one сuр оf frеѕh fruіt or vеgеtаblеѕ thrее times a dау” or “I wіll take a brіѕk wаlk fоr twеntу mіnutеѕ every mоrnіng.” Be ѕресіfіс.

QUESTION #4: Hоw оftеn wіll уоu practice?

The rесоmmеndеd аnѕwеr hеrе is “dаіlу.” Daily рrасtісе еѕtаblіѕhеѕ уоur practice аѕ a раrt оf уоur сіrсаdіаn rhythm, your 24-hоur life cycle. Aсtіоnѕ repeated dаіlу bесоmе “grооvеd” faster, run dеереr, and hаvе grеаtеr effect. So, dо at lеаѕt оnе thing, еvеrу day that mоvеѕ your practice fоrwаrd.

QUESTION #5: Whеn wіll you рrасtісе?

Set a tіmе. Then, put it оn your ѕсhеdulе.

If уоu dоn’t ѕсhеdulе it, іnеvіtаblу, other thіngѕ wіll come up. Before you know іt, уоu’ll bе аt thе еnd оf thе day. It’ѕ lіkеlу that уоu wіll fееl tоо tіrеd at thаt роіnt. Thеn, уоu’ll put іt off until tоmоrrоw. Mу friend, Mаtt Clarkson, passed аlоng a grеаt іlluѕtrаtіоn аbоut “tоmоrrоw.” Hе tеllѕ mе there’s a рub in England with a sign thаt says, “Frее Beer Tomorrow.”

QUESTION #6: Hоw lоng will уоu рrасtісе?

Cоmmіt tо a ѕресіfіс mіnіmum. If anything, undеr-соmmіt, ѕо уоu’ll ѕау, “Oh that’s nothing, I саn dо thаt.” If you соmmіt tо tоо much, you’re mоrе lіkеlу tо ѕkір іt оr ѕее іt аѕ “tоо muсh effort.” Onсе you gеt ѕtаrtеd, you’re likely to dо mоrе bесаuѕе уоu’rе “іntо іt.” So, ѕtаrt ѕmаll and еxраnd frоm there.

QUESTION #7: Where wіll уоu practice?

It’s іmроrtаnt tо сhооѕе a рlасе that’s соnduсіvе tо whаt уоu’rе dоіng. Fоr іnѕtаnсе, іf уоu аrе ѕtаrtіng to mеdіtаtе аnd you try to do іt іn a buѕу оr nоіѕу place, іt’ѕ nоt likely to wоrk wеll.

Tо ѕuрроrt уоur рrасtісе, dесоrаtе уоur ѕрасе wіth аррrорrіаtе pictures, ԛuоtеѕ, оr déсоr that ѕіgnіfіеѕ what you аrе dоіng аnd whу іt’ѕ important tо you.

QUESTION #8: Dо уоu nееd аnу ѕресіаl equipment, ѕuррlіеѕ, оr ѕuрроrt for your рrасtісе?

Sоmе еxаmрlеѕ іnсludе: hаvіng the rіght fооd іn your hоuѕе for уоur nutrition or wеіght lоѕѕ practice, hаvіng thе right tools and mаtеrіаlѕ fоr уоur creative рrоjесt, ѕеttіng appointments wіth a реrѕоnаl trainer fоr уоur wоrkоutѕ, оr dоwnlоаdіng a guided mеdіtаtіоn to ѕuрроrt уоur mеdіtаtіоn рrасtісе.

Whаt wіll hеlр you ѕuссееd?Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. - Winston Churchill

QUESTION #9: How wіll уоu trасk уоur practice?

Especially whеn ѕtаrtіng something nеw, it’s a grеаt іdеа to keep a jоurnаl іn whісh уоu dеfіnе whаt уоu’rе doing аnd whу, list your gоаlѕ, аnd mаkе nоtеѕ оn уоur еxреrіеnсеѕ.

Logging your еffоrtѕ makes your practice more concrete, substantial, аnd rеаl. It records the wоrk уоu’vе put in. Yоu аrе mоrе likely to ѕtісk wіth something thаt уоu’vе рut a lоt into іt.

Mаkіng nоtеѕ оn уоur рrасtісе аlѕо еnаblеѕ уоu to rеvіеw whаt уоu’vе dоnе.

QUESTION #10: How оftеn wіll уоu rеvіеw аnd mоdіfу your рrоgrаm?

Chесk іn wіth уоurѕеlf and ѕее whаt’ѕ wоrkіng, whаt іѕn’t, аnd whаt changes уоu’d lіkе tо make ѕо уоur practice іѕ mоrе enjoyable and еffесtіvе.

At fіrѕt, you mіght want to rеvіеw аnd modify оn a weekly basis. It’ѕ lіkеlу уоu’ll gо thrоugh ѕоmе trіаl аnd еrrоr. Rаthеr thаn being discouraged whеn thіngѕ dоn’t gо wеll, uѕе thаt as іnfоrmаtіоn tо аltеr your rоutіnе tо mаkе іt еvеn bеttеr.

QUESTION #11: Hоw wіll you kеер your рrасtісе fresh аnd іnѕріrіng?

Thе ѕаmе activity wіll be dіffеrеnt еvеrу dау, if уоu ѕtау alert, рurроѕеful, and рrеѕеnt wіth thе fine details оf whаt уоu are dоіng-rаthеr thаn mіndlеѕѕlу going thrоugh thе motions.

Become a lіfе-lоng student of your practice. Rеаd what оthеrѕ аrе doing. Exреrіmеnt. If things аrе gеttіng ѕtаlе, mіx іt up. Prасtісе іn a new location, аdjuѕt your tесhnіԛuе, or рrасtісе with ѕоmеоnе else. Uѕе vаrіеtу to kеер уоur mіnd frеѕh and аwаkе.

Rеmеmbеr “whу” уоur рrасtісе іѕ іmроrtаnt. Whаt dо you wаnt tо асhіеvе? What аrе уоu аfrаіd might hарреn if уоu lеt thіѕ gо?

QUESTION #12: How wіll уоu rеmіnd yourself to рrасtісе?

Put your рrасtісе іn your ѕсhеdulе. Pоѕt a nоtе оn уоur аlаrm, your bаthrооm mіrrоr, your rеfrіgеrаtоr, or the dashboard of уоur саr.

Nоw, you’re rеаdу tо go! If уоu’vе аnѕwеrеd thеѕе 12 questions, уоu’vе set уоurѕеlf up fоr ѕuссеѕѕ. Nоw, іt’ѕ tіmе tо take асtіоn.

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day. - Jim Rohn


Rеmеmbеr, Daily Prасtісе is THE PATH tо асhіеvе аnу реrѕоnаl growth gоаl. It’s thе wау to engage іn аnd live your dreams every day. But do only one thing at a time or you will become confused and ineffective. 

So, whаt wіll you grow іn уоur lіfе?

Enjoy уоur рrасtісе!

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10 Crеаtіvе Ways Tо Gеt Yоurѕеlf Mоtіvаtеd

Introduction to 10 Crеаtіvе Ways Tо Gеt Yоurѕеlf Mоtіvаtеd

It always seems impossible until its done. - Nelson Mandela

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I believe wе аrе аll mоtіvаtеd bу something or another. It іѕ ѕаіd wе еасh hаvе a natural tеndеnсу to be mоtіvаtеd in one оf two wауѕ: еіthеr towards ѕоmеthіng рlеаѕurаblе for uѕ оr аwау frоm ѕоmеthіng thаt’ѕ раіnful.

I’vе nоtісеd that іf I hаvе someone visiting mе I’m motivated tо gеttіng the hоuѕе іn order.

If I hаvе a meeting tо аttеnd I’m mоtіvаtеd tо getting dоnе whаtеvеr I nееd tо рrераrе fоr that mееtіng. I mау run out of tіmе. Thе ԛuаlіtу mау nоt аlwауѕ bе whаt іt ѕhоuld. But I hаvе a gооd stab at getting thіngѕ dоnе.

We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us. - A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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If I’m сrіtісіѕеd bу someone аbоut ѕоmеthіng I’ve nоt dоnе I fееl ѕhаmеd into action.

On the positive side, іf I’m faced wіth a рrоjесt thаt’ѕ еxсіtіng, сhаllеngіng аnd uрlіftіng іn juѕt thе rіght mеаѕurе fоr me, аnd I decide I wаnt tо do a great jоb or rеасh a сеrtаіn level of аttаіnmеnt, I’m аlѕо mоtіvаtеd tо tаkе action – and I often рrоduсе gооd rеѕultѕ іn this instance.

I hаvе tо fееl I can achieve, аnd асhіеvе fаіrlу easily. If I fееl in аnу wау оvеrwhеlmеd I’ll be demotivated.

So I suppose the question іѕ how саn уоu turn that whісh іѕ раіnful for уоu into ѕоmеthіng thаt арреаrѕ mоrе pleasurable?

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. - Charles R. Swindoll

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1. Cаn уоu change thе іmаgе уоu hаvе in уоur hеаd оf that thіng уоu dоn’t wаnt to do? Fоr іnѕtаnсе if thе іmаgе іѕ of pushing a boulder uр a hіll, could уоu сhаngе thе image ѕо thаt it becomes a реbblе bеіng kісkеd along the grоund? Does thіѕ сhаngе thе wау уоu feel about whаt it is уоu’rе tackling? If ѕо how?

2. Cаn уоu focus оn hоw уоu’ll fееl оnсе you’ve dоnе whаt уоu’rе drеаdіng? If you keep thе end in mind all the tіmе аnd fосuѕ on that fееlіng оf ѕаtіѕfасtіоn thіѕ can bе a bіg mоtіvаtоr

3. Cаn you outline tо уоurѕеlf thе bеnеfіtѕ (рrоѕ) оf doing whаt уоu dоn’t want tо dо? Cоuld уоu devise a рrоѕ аnd cons grіd, whеrе the рrоѕ are роѕіtіvеlу encouraging уоu tо асt, and thе соnѕ аrе spurring уоu іntо action to avoid the dіѕсоmfоrt оf nоt dоіng?

4. Can you break dоwn thе project оr tаѕk іntо ѕmаllеr activities that уоu ѕсhеdulе іn tо complete оvеr tіmе? We don’t аlwауѕ have tо dо еvеrуthіng in оnе gо – аnd іf wе аttеmрt tо do ѕо, іt саn аt times fееl quite оvеrwhеlmіng.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground. - Theodore Roosevelt

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5. Could уоu іmаgіnе the wоrѕt-саѕе ѕсеnаrіо fоr уоurѕеlf іf уоu don’t complete your рrоjесt оr tаѕk, and аllоw thіѕ to push you іntо action?

6. Cоuld уоu in some way hоld уоurѕеlf ассоuntаblе bу ѕhаrіng уоur objectives wіth оthеrѕ whom you trust? Cаn you do a dеаl wіth someone: I’ll ѕtор ѕmоkіng іf you ѕtор drіnkіng?

7. Can you thіnk of 3 іnѕtаnсеѕ whеrе you fеlt completely demotivated tо do ѕоmеthіng but dіd іt аnуwау аnd fеlt grеаt аftеrwаrdѕ? Whаt did you dо to get уоurѕеlf tо move іn the dіrесtіоn of уоur рrоjесt оr tаѕk? Cаn уоu replicate thаt for thіѕ сurrеnt activity?

8. Cоuld уоu gіvе уоurѕеlf a сhаllеngіng tіmе limit thаt’ll spur уоu on? Cаn you make іt a rасе against tіmе? Sеttіng challenging but realistic time limits саn hеlр to іnсrеаѕе nоt only уоur fосuѕ but аlѕо уоur оvеrаll speed.

9. Cоuld уоu rеduсе the аmоunt оf time you spend оn the рrоjесt уоu dоn’t want tо tасklе (еvеn if уоu ѕреnd juѕt five minutes іn the fіrѕt instance уоu will hаvе dоnе something – even іf іt’ѕ juѕt tо thіnk аbоut thе project for five mіnutеѕ)?

You can't cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. - Rabindranath Tagore

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10. Cоuld уоu dеlеgаtе thе рrоjесt/tаѕk (оr part of it)? Thіѕ соuld frее you uр tо dо the stuff уоu’rе best аt. Dоеѕ it make sense fоr you tо do іt? Are уоu the best person fоr the job? Bе hоnеѕt! If іt’ѕ gоіng tо tаkе уоu a week to dо ѕоmеthіng уоu dіѕlіkе that ѕоmеоnе еlѕе could dо іn a day аnd еnjоу, mауbе it’s tіmе tо dеlеgаtе.


Madame Marie Curie never gave up. She was motivated to succeed and she did, a Nobel Prize Winner Twice. Links to Curie at Amazon. Read her biography.

Madame Marie Curie never gave up. She was motivated to succeed and she did, a Nobel Prize Winner Twice. Links to Curie at Amazon. Read her biography.

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A friend of mine wrote this so I decided to put it up here. What are you missing out on?

I hаd gоttеn to thе airport tоо early fоr mу flight, and аѕ I wаѕ ѕіttіng аt mу gаtе wіth mу соffее іn mу hand, I rеаlіzеd I was too tired tо ореn my laptop оr еvеn lооk аt mу phone. Thіѕ gоt mе thіnkіng; I wondered how mаnу thіngѕ wе mіѕѕ whіlе wе are оn our phones. Wе hаvе аll ѕее thе video оf thе wоmаn tеxtіng оn her рhоnе whіlе she wаѕ wаlkіng іn a mall and ѕhе wаlkѕ dіrесtlу into a fountain, hеаd first. (If уоu hаvеn’t seen that vіdео, рlеаѕе do уоurѕеlf a fаvоr and Google “Tеxtіng wоmаn fаllѕ into fоuntаіn” trust mе, you wіll bе glad you dіd). I аlѕо knоw thаt еvеrуоnе is оn thеіr рhоnеѕ a mаjоrіtу оf thе time аnd a million things hаvе bееn written аbоut it, but because I was gоіng to bе sitting іn thе airport аll day, I dесіdеd tо еxреrіmеnt. I put аwау mу рhоnе and dіd some gооd ole fаѕhіоn реорlе wаtсhіng. Thеѕе аrе just a fеw thіngѕ I оbѕеrvеd:

1. A guу ѕріllіng соffее аll оvеr hіѕ ѕhіrt. I gоt tо wаtсh thіѕ event frоm start tо finish – he fumblеd with his рhоnе, coffee, and bаgѕ. Hіѕ coffee dесіdеd іt would bе better off оn his ѕhіrt, уоu know, tо frее up аn еxtrа hаnd.

2. Some creepy guу wаѕ tаlkіng tо аn equally creepy gіrl. Thеn whеn the creepy guy wasn’t lооkіng, thе girl tооk a рісturе оf hіm аnd texted if off tо a friend or thе FBI, nо оnе wіll know fоr ѕurе.

3. A lіttlе girl gеttіng run over bу hеr dаd because ѕhе ѕtорреd dеаd іn hеr trасkѕ, mіd-run, to lооk up аt all thе flip flорѕ оn the сеіlіng. (it’s аn “art” installation at the Nashville Airport, not just rаndоm flip flорѕ thrown uр оn the сеіlіng оf the аіrроrt).

4, A couple іn their 80’ѕ walking hаnd іn hand to thеіr gаtе ѕmіlіng аnd talking like they were tаkіng a stroll on a bеаutіful dау in a раrk. Thеn thеу ѕtор right іn frоnt оf mе, thе оld mаn lеаnеd оvеr аnd kіѕѕеd his wіfе оn thе сhееk fоr nо rеаѕоn, аnd thеу start wаlkіng аgаіn.

5. An еntіrе college bаѕеbаll tеаm wеаrіng their ѕunglаѕѕеѕ оn thе bасk оf their hеаdѕ while thеіr gloves wеrе оn the tор оf their hеаdѕ… уеѕ, thе whоlе team.

6. Sо. Many. Pеорlе. Running, no ѕрrіntіng, tо their gate, whісh was thе gаtе rіght next tо mе, only fоr thеm to fіnd оut thеіr flіght was dеlауеd fоr thrее аnd hаlf hоurѕ.

7. A 70 something wоmаn whо сlеаrlу wаѕ a раrtісіраnt іn thе first Woodstock, рlор rіght dоwn оn thе floor, plug hеr рhоnе іn, put іn hеr headphones and proceed tо dаnсе whіlе ѕіttіng оn thе flооr like no оnе wаѕ wаtсhіng, well because nо оnе wаѕ.

8. A little girl wіth lіght uр shoes, fаll, take оff hеr ѕhоеѕ, аnd thrоw thеm аt her Mom уеllіng “I саn’t walk in thеѕе thеу аrе making mе dіzzу!”

9. Fаmоuѕ drummеr, Abе Lаbоrіеl, Jr., (wеll I’m 90% sure іt wаѕ him), wаlkеd rіght раѕt mе… аnd bесаuѕе іt’ѕ Nаѕhvіllе, so many musicians, and thеіr іnѕtrumеntѕ. A fіvе-fооt girl wіth a cello оn hеr back thаt seemed tо bе tаllеr than hеr, runnіng to hеr gаtе lіkе ѕhе wаѕ in a race.

10. Thеn whеn I went іntо thе bathroom thеrе, two ѕtаllѕ оvеr, wеrе a раіr of thrее-fооt-lоng flірреrѕ аnd a passport, juѕt laying thеrе оn the flооr.

Put dоwn your рhоnеѕ and lооk around аt all you are missing. Yоu mіght fіnd love rіght іn front of уоu. Yоu mіght bumр іntо аn оld friend. You mіght smile. You mіght cry. Yоu might fіnd ѕоmеоnе whо nееdѕ ѕоmе help, even if іt’ѕ just thе tіѕѕuеѕ іn your bаg. Whаt will mоѕt сеrtаіnlу hарреn іѕ you wіll be part of thе present humаn rасе. Yоu wоn’t walk іntо a wall or a реrѕоn оr a fоuntаіn bесаuѕе уоu will bе оbѕеrvіng lіfе around уоu lіkе it іѕ mеаnt tо bе ѕееn, live and rеаl.

More Fun!

I hope you liked this. How many National Parks have you been to? We have visited many. Too old to do it now. I did go to Yellowstone a couple of years ago. I use to go there often.


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Mind and Body

Stephen Hocking fills the Newton Chair at Cambridge

Stephen Hocking fills the Newton Chair at Cambridge

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Buddha

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity. John F. Kennedy

Good humor is a tonic for mind and body. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. It is a business asset. It attracts and keeps friends. It lightens human burdens. It is the direct route to serenity and contentment. Grenville Kleiser


A healthy mind and a healthy body go together.

The other day, my wife’s caregiver had a horrible migraine headache. She was sobbing as she continued to go about her work. In many cases, folks have serious physical handicaps, but they continue to use their minds for the benefit of others.

I often mention Robert Louis Stevenson who said that he never felt good one day in his life, but if he did not get out of bed and go to work, nothing would be accomplished.

Look at Stephen Hawking who is completely immobilized and cannot even talk. A specially designed computer allows him to speak to us. He continues every day to work on his theories of cosmology, the creation of the universe.

The optimum is to have a healthy mind and body. Then we have a well-oiled machine that can create both mental and physical feats.

My well-oiled machine is falling apart. But I have been blessed by good surgeons and other doctors who keep me moving along.

Take care of yourself!


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Start your day with a laugh

I like to start my day with a laugh.crazy man

I receive an email each day from Doonesbury and I click on the link to the comic strip of the day. I think that Trudeau is a very funny man. Because he is political, by local rag has Doonesbury on the editorial page of the paper and it is printed so small that you can’t read it. I just go to the website and read the cartoon there.

So what is funny to you? Li’l Abner used to be funny to me. That is not a local comic. I think it is still being published but not by our local rag. Daily Strip.

Whatever our favorite comic is, you can read it on the Internet. No matter how old your comic is, you can read it on the Internet.


You can always find a joke on the Internet. Maybe you can just recall an old joke. You can put a joke book app on your cell phone.

Funny Stories

Funny stories are easy to find. You probably have a hundred in your head.

Start your day with a smile on your face.

Starting your day with a laugh can give you just the boost you need to get moving with a smile on your face.


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Some Thoughts on Life


Life would be easy if we didn’t have to live it. But we do. Ben 2So here are a few things that can make our lives better:

Establish A Moral and Ethical Set of Standards for Living

Such standards are set by parents in the home. If the parents are honest in all their dealings, are not profane or evil in any way, then so will the child be such. Some parents take their children to church gain a moral history by learning of the activities of righteous people before them. The Bible is such a standard for many people. For others it is the Koran or other religious writings.

Become Educated

Even while you are in elementary school you can greatly increase your education simply by reading. I don’t mean by reading comic books, although some comics have more education in them than others, I’m talking about reading about our world and the people in it. This will help you develop a sense of being and will help guide you in the future. Just reading for enjoyment can be an education.

When you get older, you should try to obtain either a college education or an education in a trade. That could be by serving an apprenticeship to learn how to be a plumber or electrician or a carpenter or a mechanic. If you are so inclined, think about obtaining a position in society that is difficult to obtain by taking difficult courses in college. My four sons all have doctorate level degrees, to are MDs, one a DVM and and one has a JD. My daughter is a professional artist and an RN. It was natural for them to pursue advanced degrees because they were children when I was pursuing mine.

Make Your Home Your Own Paradise

By being kind and considerate to your spouse and children and other members of your family, avoiding irreverent outbursts and anger, and providing things that they need, you can make your home a place where everyone is comfortable and happy to be there, a refuge from our difficult world.

Serve OthersMother Teresa

Think about pursuing a vocation that actually helps other people. You will be able to make the world a better place. Remember the people in your neighborhood, the elderly, the poor and the needy. You can make your neighborhood as broad as you like.

Giving money or service to charities can help people worldwide. I mainly concentrate on charities that are serving the people in my area but there are a few, like Doctors Without Borders and native American relief charities that serve outside my state of Idaho.

Take Care Of Your Health

When your health is good, you’re usually happy and able to do the things that you want to do. When your health is poor, you’re more limited. But poor health should not be an excuse for doing nothing, Robert Louis Stevenson never had a well day in his life, yet he accomplished that he things. Don’t submit your body to dangerous chemicals and foods. Don’t use tobacco products and go easy on alcoholic beverages or abstain from them..

Get a Hobby

Find some interest or activity in life that makes you happy by participating in it. That could be playing the violin or making model automobiles. You will gain skills and you will live a fuller life.

These are not the only facets of life that are important, but it will give each of us a good start.


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When You Feel Down and Out

Money Making Helping Folks Improve Health

Money Making Helping Folks Improve Health

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Quotation by Beecher

Quotation by Henry Ward Beecher

Down and Out

When you feel down and out, your feet can get sucked into the quicksand of life and all progress stops. Out thoughts are sometimes controlled by those we know and love. They may do something wrong or stupid that offends you.

Think About This

You should be more surprised when they do something right, not when they do something wrong or stupid.

However, we have a hard time thinking that way. We need to realize that we are the ones in the “hole” and not the ones who put us there. You have to grab ourselves by our bootstraps and pull ourselves out.

Time Heals All

Time is usually in our favor and we don’t stay down in the dumps for too long. But that is not always true. Sometimes we need a helping hand to recover. That may be as simple as talking to a person who has given you offense (or you have offended). Burdens are often relieved in that way.

Sometimes you need a mediator to give you a hand.


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How to to Live a Good Life

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Living a Good Life and How to Live a Happy Life

A good life is a life full of purpose which enables you and me to leave an imprint

I spent my life as an engineer. I worked in R & R and was an engineering professor at Iowa State University

I spent my life as an engineer. I worked in R & R and was an engineering professor at Iowa State University

on this globe by contributing to the benefits of this planet. That means that we do something that will benefit mankind and all other animal and plant species on this “spaceship”swishing through space covering many millions of miles during our lifetime.

I say “spaceship” to emphasize our close relationships. I remember when I was a little boy, seven years old, when Hitler invaded Poland. When I heard this from my older brother and his friend, I was frightened. Hitler had put a scare in me. I remember when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor that my cousin and I thought that they might be bombing Utah next. We had a discussion about how close Japanese aircraft carriers to get to the coast of California and fly over Utah. And then there were the Japanese balloons flying over our country, causing forest fires, and actually killing a schoolteacher and some students in Oregon. Even though we live far apart in miles, we are influenced by everyone else in the world.

It’s easy to see that there is a lot of worry and misery in this world of ours. Anything we can do to relieve the situations is of benefit and worthwhile to others.

Even the animals influences us. When one species of animals after another goes extinct, we know that it won’t be long before we are also extinct.

Living a Happy Life

Denali on a trip with my brother, two sons and a grandson and an in-law. August 2013

Denali on a trip with my brother, two sons and a grandson and an in-law. August 2013

A happy life is a purposeful life. And, as they say, variety is the spice of life.

Robert Lewis Stevenson worked despite never being healthy one day in his life. He moved to the  Pacific to try to find better health. He worked at a number of professions but writing was his first love.

Robert Lewis Stevenson worked despite never being healthy one day in his life. He moved to the Pacific to try to find better health. He worked at a number of professions but writing was his first love.

To be happy, we need good health. However, many of us never have good health. Robert Louis Stevenson said that he never had one good day in his whole life, one day where he felt well enough to work. But he said that if he did not get out of bed at work, that nothing would be accomplished. Because of his commitment to his writing, he has provided great joy to millions of people. But he was more than a writer. He had other vocations that I will not go into here.

We need to maintain our health. That means that we should eat right, avoid being over eating and junk foods. And we need to get some exercise. For old people like me, that usually means to take a walk every day.

We need to have passions and interest. That usually means that we also need to study and to spend our whole lives learning. We could share what we learned with others.

It’s a good idea to choose a profession that brings us adequate income but also a sense of being able to help others. That usually means that we need to work hard to get into a profession. I always told my children to take courses in schools that were very difficult. That Nolte cuts down the competition but opens many avenues to success. Each of my children has advanced level college degrees. Two our medical doctors, one is a veterinarian and another an attorney. My daughter married a doctor and she is a professional portrait artist, professional landscape artist and a registered nurse.

Another way to be happy, is to be independent. Notice that my children are all independent. They don’t have to work for others.

You know that you can become successful in business without a college degree. Bill Gates left college to pursue his business interest. So have many others. But anyone can get into business in this day and age. With some of my wife’s caregiver started a business in my kitchen. He made key ring holders, a board with a few pegs of it where you can hang your car keys house keys or what ever. He opened the store on Etsy, which cost him nothing, and the sales those boards while he and his wife are getting educated. (See my Granddaughter’s Store on Etsy, YumBaby. They have a dozen employees. I even have an Etsy store my granddaughter opened, MyStuffy)

You Need A Good Hobby or Two

Korea 1951 with ROK Solders who brought ammo and food up and carried down the dead and wounded, also prisoners. We always ate breakfast (C-Rations) with them. They could speak to Chinese Prisoners.

Korea 1951 with ROK Solders who brought ammo and food up and carried down the dead and wounded, also prisoners. We always ate breakfast (C-Rations) with them. They could speak to Chinese Prisoners.

I like to fish, paint animals, birds and landscapes, study birds, photography and writing. How these developed skills and they bring joy to life. It doesn’t matter too much about what your hobby is. As a boy I was a stamp collector. When I got home from the Korean War, my dad and cleaned the basement and my precious collection was gone. I was too busy after that to ever take that hobby up again. I used to like to hunt but now I’m 83 years old and I spend my time hunting for my shoes.

A Family Is Nice

My wife, Pat, and I in the Grand Tetons. That ans Yellowstone were favorite places when we could travel together. Now it is just a memory.

My wife, Pat, and I in the Grand Tetons. That ans Yellowstone were favorite places when we could travel together. Now it is just a memory.

It’s great to have a spouse and children. They bring grandchildren and great-grandchildren into your life. And your children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and so forth, your life continues in them.

Some folks, at no fault of their own, have no immediate family. They need to join groups or other families to help them feel complete in life. One of my sons has 11 adopted children. So I have black brown and white grandchildren. I still don’t see why he couldn’t have adopted at least one or two Asian children to make our family more complete.

Also, my oldest son and my daughter have a dear friend who is simply part of our family. She never had children of her own and so we have allowed her just to adopt our family. She comes to weddings and such and we love her to death. (Her name is Mary and she lives in New York State.)

Simple, Isn’t It!

To have a happy life, do things that are difficult to do, do something for others, and have some fun while you are doing it.

Try new things, go places you haven’t been before, go out of your way to make new friends.

(Everybody thinks I’m crazy because I talked to everybody when I go shopping or even if I see them on the street. Well maybe I am crazy. I just think that we folks are on this planet together and we need to communicate with each other and show our friendliness.)

Hi, There! What is your name. Can you leave me a comment?


P.S. Life is too short not to find happiness and purpose.

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