By Brian Andreas at Story People.
“Where does the news go during the holidays?” he asked.
“It must go where the news makers aren’t, otherwise it wouldn’t be able to relax and enjoy the break,” she replied.
Something on which to ponder if you’re making resolutions for next year:
The most important thing you leave behind is the stuff that turns into treasures when children find them.
And on the bag: stuff that’ll be worth something someday when people’s priorities change.
. . . Barking Up the Wrong Tree has a post on the last damn thing you’ll ever need to know about New Year Resolutions:
I’ve never been particularly serious about making New Year Resolutions, or keeping the few I’ve made.
Resolutions I have made and kept to have been triggered by something other than the date.
Would you like an occasional opportunity to discuss an issue that I don’t?
If so here’s your chance, consider this an open mic.
The response will determine if it becomes a regular event, an occasional one or gets filed in the good-ideas-that-weren’t bin.
(No pressure )
If my understanding of palindromes is correct, today’s isn’t one – that would be 12.1.21 or 21.1.12.
But today’s date – 12.12.12 – has a pleasing symmetry which doesn’t happen very often.
Rules for making the world: 1. Stand up & do the thing you see needs doing. 2. That’s it. (If it was easy, we’d be having a different conversation.) Brian Andreas at Story People
One of lots of smile and thought provoking mini stories in his new book Theories of Everything.
You can sign up here for a story of the day which brings one of his whimsical stories to your in box overnight meaning there’s something to make you smile when you first check your messages.
Wisdom from a Yorkshireman: If you get it right three times out of five, you’re better than average.
. . . form a committee.
That might be a bit harsh, committees have a place and some do make decisions, and good ones at that.
Alas that can’t be said of all committees and all decisions and this could explain why:
”Part of the motivation for the committee is a kind of cowardice, a fear of taking responsibility. If people take a decision alone they are responsible for the outcome, as they should be. Fearful that the result of that decision may be challenged they seek refuge in the imprimatur of a meeting. This spreads any blame.” Gordon McLauchlan
Quote of the day:
It’s hard to believe anything I say, she told me, because I was there & I have a vested interest in being right. Story People
A friend received some books by Brian Andreas from another friend. She lent them to me which led me to the Story People website which sends me an email each day with a message like this which helps me see the world in a different way.
“I don’t know how I’ll ever repay you.”
This is a typical response to an act of kindness to which the best response is:
“You don’t have to. Good deeds aren’t boomerangs the donor expects back, they are batons to be passed on.
“One day, when you’ll be in a position to help someone else, you’ll do so and pass on the baton to them.”
. . . having the self-restraint to suck a lozenge or sweet until it dissolves rather than hastening the process by chewing or biting.
A friend emailed this to me yesterday:
I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.
I wish you enough hellos to get you through the final good-bye.
He then began to cry and walked away.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate them, a day to love them; but then an entire life to forget them.
To all my friends and loved ones, I wish you enough.
IT IS IN LISTENING to other people talk that you learn to appreciate silence. What higher praise of a man could there be than that he is taciturn? People have only to talk for a short time for it to become obvious that the greatest of human rights is not freedom of opinion, but freedom from opinion. It is a mercy that there are so many languages that one does not understand.
Theodore Dalrymple in Second Opinion: A Doctor’s Dispatches from the Inner City.
“Problems are bad, and badness is wrong, so we should all do something random immediately in order to stop this wrong badness from causing problems.”
TimT at Will Type For Food.